Energy efficiency

An energy efficient house is more comfortable to live in and is cheaper to run. The advantages of an energy efficient house include:

  • increased asset value of the property,
  • reduced maintenance and redecoration costs for the landlord,
  • increased tenant satisfaction and fewer complaints, and
  • reduced problems associated with condensation.

Energy saving tips:

  • Lag the hot water tanks and hot water pipes.
  • Use energy saving light bulbs which last longer and use less electricity.
  • Have at least 200mm (8 inches) loft insulation.
  • Draught proof external doors and windows.
  • When the boiler needs replacement choose an energy efficient one.
  • When the windows need replacing choose double glazing.
  • Replace old storage heaters with the modern energy efficient ones.

Do you receive a means tested or disability benefit?

If so you may be able to have a grant to provide:

  • a new central heating system or heating boiler,
  • upgraded heating controls,
  • cavity and loft insulation,
  • draught proofing, and
  • solar water heating.

Phone the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 and ask about their 'Canterbury Coldbusters Scheme'

If you do not receive a means tested or disability benefit, ask about their Kent Action to Save Heat (KASH) scheme which can offer reduced prices on heating insulation and solar panels.

Or visit their website at www.energysavingtrust.co.uk which has lots of useful information on energy saving products and schemes.

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