Energy Efficiency;

Save money, save energy, save the planet

 

house flatThe best way to save on your energy bills is to reduce the amount you use.  You can do this by improving the energy efficiency of your home or business. This is also the cheapest and simplest way of reducing costs and it will raise your  living standards by increasing the thermal comfort of your property.

More than 40% of all carbon emissions in the UK come from buildings, and 70% of these buildings existed before peak oil. In the UK we have some of the oldest housing stock in Europe, if not the world. We want to help homeowners, landlords, tenants and businesses make these buildings more energy efficient and more comfortable places to live and work.

Please read and use the information below which explains some of the measures that can improve the quality of your life, reduce your household bills, reduce your carbon emissions, and improve the thermal comfort of your home or place of work.

Please contact us if you would like further help reducing your energy bills by undertaking energy savings measures.  As a community energy supplier, we want to help local residents reduce their bills in the most effective way possible.

Also find out how you can save money on your energy bills by reading our Top Tips for energy saving.

We use a wide variety of materials for insulation but here is a product made from wool.

We use a wide variety of materials for insulation but here is a product made from wool.

Insulation

Insulation is a highly effective way of reducing heat losses in a property because it is not prohibitively expensive and it is relatively easy to install (depending on the extent to which you use your loft for storage). Loft insulation must be done right, as the property must be properly ventilated, the right materials must be used and the job must be done by an accredited installer.

BHESCo works with its customers to ensure that the loft is emptied, insulated properly and then the customers’ belongings returned. We also ensure that the insulation solution is appropriate to the customer’s requirements and delivers the highest level of thermal comfort and savings as a result.

We use a wide variety of materials for insulation, the picture above is a product made from wool.

 

TRV picThermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) pictured left

TRVs help control the temperature in individual rooms by changing the flow of hot water to the radiator.

They are an inexpensive and effective way of controlling the flow of heating in rooms that are not frequently occupied in an office or a home.

BHESCo identifies all of the areas where savings can be made in your home or business.  By making an energy plan and setting out the investment that we will make in your property on your behalf, you can be sure that the measures that are installed are superior quality and represent excellent value for money.

 

Bayonet-bulb-LED2Low energy lighting, pictured left

Low energy lighting is not covered by the Green Deal although it presents a low cost method of reducing electricity consumption on an average of 30%.  The science of low energy lighting is particular, depending on the customer’s requirements for lumens (or the colour of light).  The customer may require a dimmer, which in the past could not be done with LED lighting.  The assessment is best conducted by an energy efficiency lighting expert, as fittings may need to be changed, and to ensure that the end product meets the customer’s requirements.  A blue light colour is softer and easier on the eye than a strong white colour.

 

rointe-heatingLow temperature radiators, pictured left.

Low temperature radiators are the most efficient and cost effective way to deliver warmth in a room.  Research has demonstrated that they are just as effective as traditional radiators to heat a space and use 40% less energy.  Low temperature radiators work well with renewable energy generators like solar thermal and biomass boilers, since they only need warm water to perform. A modern family home, or office building, can be heated comfortably to 20°C with radiators set a systems temperature of 45°C.  Traditional heating systems use water up to 75°C to achieve the same room temperature. Combining under floor heating with low temperature radiators ensures that a room remains comfortably warm while still saving significant amounts of energy in the process.  The integrity of the heating is maintained by the system controller.

 

          Secondary glazing

Almost 20% ofSecondary glazing the total heat loss from a typical house is through the windows. By reducing window draughts you can cut the heat loss, make your home more comfortable and reduce your heating bills.

However replacing old single-glazed windows with modern double-glazing can be expensive. It is possible to reduce draughts and reduce heat loss through windows by using a number of different solutions, depending on your preference.
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Enough film to csecondary glazingover a large bay-window costs £10-15 and is available from DIY stores. The film is simple to remove, though doing so can damage the window’s paintwork.
Other longer lasting solutions are perspex sheets and magnetic strips.  You can have the perspex sheets made to measure and install them yourself.  They are more expensive, working harder at keeping out draughts. In the spring you can take them down and store them under your bed until the next winter.  Other solutions are aluminium window frames that can be mounted either on the window face or the reveal as pictured here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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