Can Five Minutes Of Your Time Really Save You £100s A Year?

May 19th, 2017 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Top Tips No Comments »

We are helped out in this day and age when it comes to wanting to switch energy suppliers, but most of us are still very cynical of the whole process. Did you know it can take as little as five minutes to switch, and you could save around £200 in the process over the whole year? Think what else you could spend that money on. Home interiors? Holiday money? Clothes? For just five minutes of your time, it’s silly not to save yourself some money.

According to the Money Advice Service, the best way that you can save money on gas and electricity bills is by switching your supplier. It doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your home, you should still be eligible to switch. All you need is an annual energy statement so you can accurately see how much you’ve been using; this is something you can get from your current supplier. You will also need your bank details to hand when it actually comes down to make the decision.

There are many different ways to save money on your energy bill. Most people automatically look into dual fuel deal tariffs because it’s easier to pay when your gas and electricity come from the same supplier. This can usually work out well, because most companies will offer some discount for customer loyalty. However, research carried out by the company UKPower.co.uk (albeit back in 2014) revealed that if households went to separate providers, they could save as much as £55 per year, possibly more in other areas.

If the ever-growing energy hikes concern you, moving to a cheaper fixed tariff could save you money. There is no evidence that energy prices are going to start declining in the next few years, so it’s a safe bet opting for a lower fixed tariff. Then, if prices do go on the increase with your supplier, you can rest assured that you won’t be pressured into paying higher bills.

You can find many comparison sites on the Internet now that will compare what you’re already paying for, to the current tariffs out there. However, don’t fall into the trap that a lot of people do and opt for the lowest price you can in return for a poor service. Try to find the right balance of saving the pennies and excellent customer reviews to make the most of the switch.

The Savvy Woman blog suggests using a comparison site that is Ofgem accredited because it means you’ll see ALL the deals, not just the energy suppliers paying them commission. They also suggest making a note in your diary for when the deal runs out so that you remember to look for a better deal before ending up on the standard tariff. Although there are companies that can take care of all of this for you.

According to writer Sarah Pennell, apps such as Flipper and Voltz will switch you onto the best deal as soon as your existing one runs out. Flipper costs £25 a year but it will only take this payment if they can save you at least £50 each year. Similarly Voltz will keep track of your energy payments and when you come to the end of your deal, they will alert you to better tariffs but not automatically change everything for you.

Things to look out for when you do come to switch are hidden costs to your final bill from your previous supplier. You should know how much energy you’ve used and in return how much you have paid for that energy. If you calculate that you’re all paid up and they actually owe you money then tell them; however, if you pay via direct debit you may find that your final bill is quite expensive. Finally, remember to keep dated readings of your meters throughout the switch so that you don’t end up overpaying anyone.

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Energy efficiency: how to make your house more efficient

March 22nd, 2017 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements No Comments »

At the end of 2015 the Daily Mail asked a simple question: Has Britain created the most efficient home?The four-bedroom home described in the piece allegedly cost a total of £15 a year to power – including heating, lighting, cooking and water – thanks to a pump for pulling in heat, solar panelling, triple glazing and other insulation.

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M&G Real Estate installs largest shopping centre solar panel system in UK

January 26th, 2017 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, News, Property Developers No Comments »

M&G Real Estate, one of the UK’s largest property investors, has announced that it will install the UK’s largest shopping centre solar panel system on the roof of The Galleries shopping centre in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

The system will comprise 1,317 individual photovoltaic panels, covering an area of 41,000 sq ft – equivalent to a professional football pitch – on an otherwise unused part of the centre. New technology to save 165 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually

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Energy savings in the kitchen

July 4th, 2016 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Top Tips 1 Comment »

The kitchen is the hub of the household. What with preparing and cooking meals, and often eating them too, as well as washing up and popping the kettle on for a cup of tea, it’s where most of the action is, and where a large proportion of household energy goes. Here are a few ways to cut down on energy use in the kitchen without compromising on a cosy, good-looking room, or tasty meals.

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The truth about remodeling with solar

June 3rd, 2016 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements, Property Market No Comments »

Previously, we talked about how to survive remodeling your home. We gave advice on what you should do during remodeling, what to expect when you decide to stay at home during the renovation period, and what to see in your kitchen in the early hours of the morning. Today, we’re also going to talk about remodeling but not the usual overhaul that most families undertake after living in the same house for several decades. This time, it’s about remodeling your house before installing solar panels.

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Have you joined the LED lighting revolution?

August 6th, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, LED Lighting No Comments »

You may have heard the new buzzword in the lighting world? So what is so great about LEDs??

Quite simply LEDs are the future for home and business lighting. As traditional light bulbs are gradually phased out, the answer is not to switch to energy saving light bulbs, but to invest in LED technology.

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How to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Your Conservatory

April 22nd, 2014 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements No Comments »

Have you ever given much thought to the energy efficiency of your conservatory?

As you kick back and relax with a glass of wine in hand and the sun streaming through the windows, it’s highly unlikely to be a topic at the forefront of your mind.

After all, you’ve worked hard to afford an enjoyable living space for you and your family without those kinds of concerns sullying your mood, right?

Wrong.
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Everything you need to Know about the Green Deal

August 5th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Green Deal No Comments »

The concept of home improvements can be met with eyes filled with dread in many cases, because of the associated cost of many of the upgrades available. Double glazing, cavity wall insulation and underfloor heating are all costly additions to a home and while the energy efficiency of the home and the savings made through the utility bills will both be impressive, trying to find the money to fund such improvements can be nigh on impossible.

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Green Energy: Why is it so trendy – and important?

July 25th, 2013 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements No Comments »

What is green energy? Why is it such a popular topic of conversation – and such a divisive one? And, perhaps most importantly, what is the role of green energy for us in the future, as a technology that we cannot afford to ignore?

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The Green Deal: The Biggest Home Improvement Scheme Since WWII

November 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Green Deal, Home Improvements 3 Comments »

The Green Deal UK is quickly starting to build momentum and has been said to be the biggest home improvement scheme since the Second World War. The government scheme aims to make properties more energy efficient without putting any financial strain on property owners. It seems too good to be true, right?! The Green Deal, however, has been carefully thought out and does offer a solution to the problem of properties being extremely wasteful, but property owners not being able to afford the necessary improvements to make them more environmentally friendly.

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Solar Power – A Worthwhile Investment?

August 13th, 2012 HIP-Consultant.co.uk Posted in Energy Saving, Home Improvements 1 Comment »

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the increasing importance of finding other reliable energy sources, but it is a fact that our current energy methods are having a severe affect on the environment. One of the sources that you have probably seen a lot of advertisements for is solar power; with many people choosing to have solar panels attached to their roofs. But is this a viable source for us all for the future?

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