How North East Homes can become More Energy Efficient in 2023
As a North East based company, we are well aware of the problems local households face in terms of getting their homes energy efficient. Whether you’re in Newcastle, Teesside, Sunderland or Durham solar panels and other energy efficiency solutions are worth the investment. Here’s our guide to getting an energy efficient North East home by using them.
In the energy efficiency industry, we take a ‘fabric first’ approach. This means ensuring that the fabric of the building is energy efficient before adding further measures like solar panels or heat pumps.
Your home may already have insulation. However, if it does not have it yet, or if it has not been installed properly, it is time to get it sorted.
Insulation makes your home more energy efficient by keeping warm air inside of the building, instead of letting it escape or turn cold due to exposure to cold walls, windows, floors etc.
According to the Energy Saving Trust this measure can save you up to £590 a year and you might be able to make back the cost through energy savings in only a couple of years.
There are lots of insulation options that suit the North East’s housing stock and climate. These include:
- Cavity Wall Insulation
- External Wall Insulation
- Internal Wall Insulation
- Underfloor Insulation
- Room in Roof Insulation
- Loft Insulation
The right kind of insulation for your home will depend on factors like which materials were used to build your home and when it was built. Whether you already have any forms of insulation in pace is another thing to consider. Fortunately, our experts are here to help you find the right option and get it installed pronto.
Solar panels are one of the most sought after ways to make your home more energy efficient in 2023. This is because they provide users with multiple benefits; savings on energy bills, a smaller carbon footprint and even the chance to earn money by selling unused energy back to the national grid through the Smart Export Guarantee.
You might actually want to consider getting them installed before April this year, when energy prices are predicted to rise again. Martin Lewis has pointed out that factors impacting wholesale gas prices such as levels of energy storage in Europe could be a contributing factor.
Other Energy Efficiency Measures
Insulation and solar panels are perhaps the most prominent ways to make your home more energy efficient at the moment. However, there are other options on the market.
North East homeowners could consider having an air source heat pump or upgrade their boilers to boost home energy efficiency.
Some North East Homes could access Funding
At Thrift, we’re keen to tackle the issue of fuel poverty across the North East and boost the number of energy efficient North East homes. Even before energy prices increased in October this was a major issue according to the Northern Housing Consortium who have reported that one in six northern homes were living in fuel poverty.
We are constantly on the lookout for funding opportunities we can provide our customers with to help them make their homes more energy efficient and move them away from experiencing fuel poverty.
At the moment, we are able to offer help to eligible households who are on lower incomes on a number of schemes. These schemes can help to cover some or all of the cost of a wide range of domestic energy efficiency solutions.
If you’re living in the North East and you need some help with getting your home energy efficient in 2023, get in touch with us today. Call 0191 284 24 24 and our team of advisors can help you to save money and energy in 2023 and onwards.