Turning an Energy Bill Nightmare into a Highland Dream Home This case study illustrates a private landlord owned lovely cottage in our project area. Due to the exposed location and solid walls, the cottage was getting cold and damp. A dream cottage became a nightmare for the tenant. This was the situation that The HEAT [...]
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Improving home insulation and heating can help to improve health Two articles came across my computer screen this week which started me thinking. What are the connections between the work of The HEAT Project and the COVID 19 pandemic? The obvious answer is of course that they are both related to our treatment of the [...]
The homeowner care deeply about the environment and strive to live an eco friendly lifestyle The home owning couple have a traditional Edwardian cottage in Aberfeldy, Scotland. They are enthusiastic about leading an eco-friendly lifestyle. They came across the HEAT Project at the Aberfeldy Climate Cafe and asked for energy advice on how to reduce [...]
1950s built ex Local Authority house This is a very familiar type of house to Scots, and one held with a degree of affection by many. Construction brick, with a cavity wall, and slate or tile roofs, solid floor. EPC rating As built, band F – As surveyed, with double glazing, cavity wall insulation, 75mm of [...]
If you have not reviewed your energy bills recently, then do it now to saving energy bills. What to look out for: Your rate Standard, Fixed, Economy 7 Standing charge How much is the standing charge Switching your Tariff There are many websites out there but who do you trust!Home Energy Scotland recommendshttp://citrusenergy.businesscatalyst.com/Or look for the Confidence [...]
The most low cost and effective ways that you can do it yourself to make home energy efficiency. Open Chimneys / Stoves Do you have an open fire that you only light a few times a year or not at all?Up to 75% of heat loss in a room can be down to an open chimney.Use [...]
We are all pretty good at loft insulation but have you insulated your loft hatch and sealed it around the edges to prevent drafts? One way of doing this is by using old carpet and flooring underlay. Insulated loft hatch The next stage is to fit a new, insulated loft hatch (pictured below). This is a bigger job but [...]
By far the most common energy efficiency improvement is to fit double glazing window. This does save energy but perhaps not as much as you might think. double glazing window The Energy Saving Trust estimates that an average house would save £120 per year by replacing single glazing with double glazing. BUT it would cost perhaps £5000 – [...]
How to start to house insulation? There are many simple and effective ways to insulate your home and can significantly reduce heat loss . Insulate pipe gaps/holes and around fixtures & fittings Do you feel a draft every time you stand at the kitchen sink? Open your cupboards and see if there are gaps around [...]
A recent household that The HEAT Project visited saved energy bill £15 a year just by turning off their microwave at the socket. It doesn’t seem a lot but if you can save £15 just by flicking a switch have a think about what else you could do? Kettles Do you fill your kettle every time? Only [...]