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The Green Deal is finally here

Green Deal

Green Deal

Although a tad delayed, the Green Deal is now finally up and running across the UK as of today (Monday 28th January 2013).

Home-owners can take out a loan and use this money to improve the efficiency levels of their home. The government believe that this will bring many homes up to date and will pass savings to homeowners thanks to reduced monthly heating payments.

The government has stated that smaller comes could be better off as much as £120 a year whereas larger homes could benefit by as much as £270.

There are environmental benefits too, as great efficiency levels means lower carbon dioxide emissions, something that is bound to improve the carbon footprint of your home.

To benefit from the loan you initially start out by having your property assessed. Recommendations will be made as to how you can improve your property. This can include aspects such as:

  • Boiler upgrade
  • Central Heating improvements (i.e. pipework, radiators etc.)
  • Insulation
  • Double glazed windows

After the assessment you are then lent the money by an approved Green Deal Finance Company. This loan is attached to your property, so you pay back the loan (including interest levels that reach a maximum of 6.92%) over a sustained period of time as part of paying your monthly heating bills.

A quick search of the internet will tell you that there are lots of different Green Deal Finance companies out there, so if this is of interest to you why not ask one for a no obligation assessment. You can ask for a few assessments from different companies if you want a few different opinions from other sources. Make sure they can all show you the official Green Deal symbol though that acts as proof that they have been accredited.

Wireless Controls, Why Convert?

Wireless Thermostats are a great way to save money

Wireless Controls are a great way to save money

Since the dawn of time, man has been trying to control heat. Over the generations and periodic times in history the control has increased from the very beginning. From when man first discovered fire, to present time which see us in a position to control fire in such a way that, we can generate a collection of flames to heat water that circulates around a system of pipes to stores of water (radiators) that in turn heat the rooms we live in.

The control of your heating system varies from house to house. Having control over your system will give you the comfort and relaxation that mankind searches for in his or her home. However, making sure the control you have is suitable for your heating system and up to date is vital. Just by not having a room stat in your home can increase your heating bills by up to £150 per year. Upgrading your controls can save you anywhere up to £250 per year.

However, there can be a small issue with this idea. The idea of running cables, taking up carpets, floorboards, chiselling out walls etc. can be a daunting task (especially if you have spent money decorating your home).

The solution to this inevitable problem is “wireless controls.” Having wireless controls installed in your home can reduce installation costs, material costs and most importantly running costs. Although initially wireless controls are slightly more expensive than wired controls, they will pay themselves back within 2 years.

How wireless can you go? From a simple conversion of a room thermostat to a full upgrade on your heating system including, Room Stat, Programmer, Cylinder Stat and Programmable TRV’s. Advances in technology now allow you to control each radiator individually, creating an efficiency level on your heating system that results in minimal heat waste.

Going to wireless controls is a small expense that has quick pay back periods and gives you more options in controlling your heating system. They are inexpensive in installation due to not having to run cables, causing disruption to your property. Many variations of these controls are available for all property types enabling you to choose from the simplest of upgrades to full system overhauls. Whatever decision you choose, be sure to “Make Your Home Work For You