We hear so much about average energy consumption in the media but what is average if homes are built in different centuries and with different numbers of bedrooms? Energy usage depends on a lot of … read more
How Much Energy Do You Use?
The calculator uses National Energy Efficiency Database (NEED) data for 2013 (data published June 2015) to show the average electricity and gas usage for a specific type of property. You can use it to … read more
Have you studied your energy bill recently? Well yes I know that you have glanced at it to pay it or to check the direct debit amount but who in their right mind reads 3 or 4 pages of numbers and … read more
Paying Too Much For Your Gas?
In the last few years energy prices seem to have risen much faster than wages so more of us are looking at ways of reducing our spend on gas bills. Fortunately some help is now at hand. In June 2013 … read more
Energy Efficient Homes: An Overview
As the ink dries on the agreement from the latest climate change conference in Paris in December 2015 (otherwise know as COP 21 or Conference of the Parties number 21), it doesn't really matter what … read more
MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery) systems, sometimes reffered to as whole house ventilation systems, are getting a higher profile in domestic properties as their value in improving energy … read more
Over the last 50 years the insulation levels required by the Building Regulations have changed beyond recognition. This means the build date is very useful when trying to assess a house's space … read more
Those of us living in traditional buildings, those built before 1919, may already suspect that our homes are not quite the same as those we see being built today. Solid walls, no damp proof course, … read more
This heat loss calculator gives a guide to the approximate radiator size or wood burning stove output needed to keep a room warm on a cold day. It … read more
Practical Ways To Insulate Your Floor
Many older houses with suspended timber floors have big draughts and inadequate floor insulation; this can cause cold feet as well as higher energy bills. Installing underfloor insulation can address … read more
For those considering whether to insulate a suspended timber floor, this article describes our experiences installing PIR thermal insulation board from underneath the floor using the crawl space. For … read more
For those considering whether to insulate a suspended timber floor, this article describes our experiences installing PIR thermal insulation board by removing the floorboards and insulating from above … read more
Take a look at your current energy usage and spending on gas and electricity. This can be used as a starting point for thinking about improving the insulation in your home and understanding what makes an energy efficient home.