Price comparison website uSwitch, announced that almost four million UK households (14%) owe money to their energy supplier. Increasing gas and electricity prices over the winter pushed UK households into debt at an average amount of £128 per household. Despite the mild winter, bills are £53 higher than at the start of 2013. The report highlights households are facing increased pressure to meet their rising fuel bills with the number of household falling into energy debt rising dramatically. It was also reported that the average household energy bill is 168% higher than in 2004, an increase of £472. Read the full report from uSwitch on their website.
At BHESCo, we are working hard to alleviate this problem by inviting the Brighton and Hove community to reduce their consumption and therefore expenditure on energy, making their homes more comfortable and energy efficient. Monetary savings can be made on energy bills by switching supplier, ensuring that you are on the tariff that meets your requirements. If you are in debt to your energy supplier and cannot switch, we may be able to help through BHESCo’s Fuel Poverty Fund.
Homes can also be made more energy efficient by installing simple energy saving initiatives, such as draught excluders and energy saving light bulbs. The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is a way that you can reduce your energy bills for less! Find out more about this programme here.
13 May 2014
In May 2014 the Government announced that households carrying out improvements to their properties to make their homes more energy efficient may be entitled to up to £7600 back, to offset the cost of the works.
The money available from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will be available from June 2014 and forms the latest part of the Governments Green Deal initiative. The Green Deal encourages UK residents to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, helping to reduce heat losses and saving money on fuel bills, decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels.
- up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list; and/or
- up to £6000 for installing solid wall insulation; and
- up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment.
The fund also applies to anyone who has bought a property in the 12 months prior to application. If the energy efficiency improvements are carried out to the property, they will qualify for up to an additional £500 incentive. Further to this the fund applies to social or private landlords, if paying for the improvements themselves.
Typical improvements include:
- solid wall, cavity wall or loft insulation,
- new heating systems,
- double glazed windows
- replacement storage heaters
* To be eligible to receive money from the GDHIF you must have the improvements recommended on an eligible Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) (less than 24 months old) or a Green Deal Advice Report. Further stipulations can be found detailed on the press release.
You will be provided with your Green Deal Advice Report following your Green Deal Assessment. As BHESCo Founder Kayla Ente explains,
“Many people who have had Green Deal Assessments don’t know how to take the process forward. This is where BHESCo can help. We can look at the report and help you make changes based on the information.”
If you would like to find out more about the improvements that could be made to your home to make it more energy efficient please contact BHESCo, who will be able to provide you with more information and advice.
07 Apr 2014
Brighton & Hove Energy Services (BHESCo) have joined REPOWER Balcombe and the 13 other members of Community Energy South to launch renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Sussex. The Peer-to-Peer community mentoring fund was awarded to OVESCO in Lewes, to support the newest members of Community Energy South, groups from Rye to Chichester, with their efforts to develop clean, renewable energy projects in their communities.
BHESCo is introducing a portfolio of projects that will be financed through a clean energy supplier share launch. The clean energy generated by our systems is purchased directly by the customer, ensuring the most efficient delivery of energy, so helping you save money. If you know of a commercial or industrial sized roof in the area, or your business is interested in renewable energy or energy efficiency and is looking for attractive financing options for the project, please get in touch with us.
If you run a business in the area around Hove Station, you may be interested in newest initiative to benefit Small and Medium sized businesses (SMEs).
First, we analyse your electricity consumption from your energy bills by installing electricity sensors, tracking your electricity consumption for a period of up to four weeks. After the tracking period is complete, we meet with you to introduce the energy efficiency measures we recommend to help you save money on your electricity bills. Upon agreement, our team of certified installers will fit the equipment for you, absolutely free. We will then measure the savings achieved for the same period of time to demonstrate that the products actually do what it says on the tin.
As a result of the monitoring programme, we will prepare a report of our findings and review that with you. At that point, you can either:
- purchase the energy savings equipment,
- we can remove it for you, or
- you can ask BHESCo to finance the equipment using our pay as you save model.
Contact us to start your free programme with BHESCo today!!