Three ways to save energy and money in the home through your heating

Three ways to save energy and money in the home through your heating

Not only does conserving energy help the environment, it helps save your money too! That’s why we’ve put together a short list of ways to be more green and economical with your energy usage.

Take a look through this guide, and see what changes you can make at home to benefit your household. 


Without proper insulation, valuable heat can be lost through the walls or the roof of your home. What does this mean for you? Well, the more heat is lost; the more likely you are to keep your heating on, your boiler running and your costs rising. 

To increase the efficiency of your house, consider improving your insulation to keep the heat in – this means you need less energy to warm your house to begin with!

Here are three different forms of insulation to consider:

  • Loft insulation: Don’t want to lose 25% of heat through your roof? Loft insulation can save hundreds of pounds of energy being wasted and is relatively cheap to install.
  • Wall Insulation: Very similar to loft insulation, internal or external wall insulation prevents energy loss through your walls. A well-known example is cavity wall insulation which traps heat within walls. Install both loft and wall insulation to optimise energy efficiency in your home!
  • Double, or even Triple Glazing: Particularly important in older homes where it is not installed as standard, double glazing helps to stop your money going to waste on escaping energy you will never receive.

Upgrade your heating system

Were you aware that heating uses up to 50% of total energy usage in houses? 

Radiators are needed to keep your house warm, but there are many ways in which you can control the level of heating in order to save energy, and save money. Take a look:

  • Air source heat pump: Easy to install and supported by the RHI government scheme, heat pumps are an incredibly eco-friendly way to heat your hot water and lower energy bills. Consider installing a heat pump to store the excess energy and further reduce your carbon footprint. They are up to 4 times as efficient as the average gas boiler.
  • Underfloor heating: This can be 25% more efficient than the standard radiator and 40% more when combined with a heat pump! With the right level of insulation you can make your home an environmental dream!
  • Smart thermostats: An ideal way to control the amount of heat you’re using throughout the home – smart thermostats learn your behaviours and therefore understand when to power on, and when to power off. You can also set your heating to power on if the app senses you’re close to home!

See a further article here as to why it is important you install a heat pump now!

Take control of your heating controls

As we mentioned above, learning to become more savvy with your heating controls can contribute to a more energy efficient home and save you massive amounts of money in the process!

See below for tips to optimise your thermostat:

  • Timers and Selective Heating: Use a timer to ensure that your heating is on for no longer than necessary but that you are still cosy in your home at all times. Similarly, if you know which rooms you are in at certain times of day, make sure you only heat those rooms then.
  • Remote Control: Smart thermostats today are possible to use from outside the home, so it is easier to switch off the heating if for example no one is home. 
  • Reduce the maximum temperature: Even reducing the heating by 1°C can help reduce yearly energy usage by 10%, so it is definitely worth considering not automatically turning up the heating to the maximum on cold days.


Our team of experts can talk you through the importance of energy efficient heating and the solutions available to you. 

As the world becomes more energy conscious, it is important to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint – but to also future-proof your home.

There are a range of renewable energy solutions available; which in the long-run, will benefit your household and your pocket. 

To find out more, simply book a free phone call with the Energy Consultant of the Year 2021, Lorraine Clayton.


How efficient are your solar panels?

How efficient are your solar panels

Solar panels are a great way to conserve energy and save you money in the long run, but it’s very important to consider factors such as their efficiency when deciding whether to install them. 

Keep reading to understand if solar panels are right for your household!

Why might solar panels be a good investment for you?

Although installing solar panels can be a major decision, installing solar panels has numerous benefits and rewards. Take a look at some key benefits:

  • They are easy to install and maintain compared to other renewable energy solutions
  • They often generate more electricity than you need, so you can export any extra back to the grid and make a little money
  • Source of renewable energy, so they help to reduce your carbon footprint – and therefore your home energy bills.

Why is the efficiency of your solar panels important?

How well your solar panels convert sunlight into electricity varies, based on the make of your solar panels, but they should generally maintain a good level of power output for 25-years. 

More expensive panels can have a higher performance guarantee, however you might not actually need the extra energy produced, so the cost is not always worth it.

As solar panels have been around for a long while now, it is important to remember how advanced the technology has become. Even on the dullest of days, where no sunlight is shining, solar panels will still generate electricity. Many have been built to capture light in all weathers; no matter how bright or dull – so you can rely on your solar panels all year round.

Could the efficiency of your solar panels drop to lower than 100%?

There are so many ways in which solar panels vary. The levels of efficiency could be impacted in so many different ways, such as:

Speaking with the experts here at the Renewable Energy Advice Line, we’d advise you on the right solution you’d need for your home. Carrying out a free home assessment, we’d be able to determine the size you’d need to provide enough power to your home, which direction is best and leave you with information on how to make the most of your new system. 

What else can you do to power your home when efficiency is low?

If you have pre-existing solar panels, but aren’t quite ready to replace them, installing a solar powered battery is a great way to ensure that excess energy is not wasted but instead stored for the times you do need it.

This way, if your solar panels are not performing as well, you can rely on energy stored in your battery. Even if you don’t use it yourself, the Smart Export Guarantee tariffs can pay you for any energy you export to the National Grid.

Alternatively, if you chose to store your energy, in the event of a power outage your home will still have power! 


Now that you’ve had a crash-course in the efficiency of solar panels, take a look at our website to learn more about how to install! Our team of experts can talk you through the full range of benefits, how the solution would work at your home and arrange an installation. 

As the world becomes more energy conscious, it is important to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint – but to also future-proof your home.

There are a range of renewable energy solutions available; which in the long-run, will benefit your household and your pocket. 

To find out more, simply book a free phone call with the Energy Consultant of the Year 2021, Lorraine Clayton.

What is the best renewable heating solution?

What Is The Best Renewable Heating System?§

When it comes to heating your home, you want a long-lasting system, at a reasonable cost. Many households are turning towards more sustainable heating; to achieve this – a renewable heating solution is needed.


With so many available options when it comes to renewable heating – each with many advantages and disadvantages – it can be a difficult task. Whatever you choose will need to keep your house warm, continue to run smoothly, but also keep your energy bills down.

The Renewable Energy Advice Line aims to provide you with the information you need to choose the best renewable heating solution for your home. We’ll cover what renewable heating is, the options you have, costs and how we can help further.


What is renewable heating?

Before you invest in a renewable heating system, you need to know what renewable heating is. As the world becomes more aware of climate change, more sustainable solutions and how the average household can contribute towards a greener environment, many are making the shift to renewables.

As the name suggests, renewable heating measures take advantage of renewable resources which can be replenished over time. One of the biggest positives of renewable heating is that your carbon footprint is reduced, so you can live in a greener way.

Using renewable sources, opposed to the standard gas and electric, can supply your home with a constant source of heat, which requires less energy than you are used too. Renewable heating is a highly beneficial option and can be made possible with schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).


The Renewable Heat Incentive?

To encourage more homeowners to take the leap into the world of renewable heating, the Renewable Heat Incentive was created. Following the installation of your renewable heating solution, if you have met specific criteria, you will then begin to receive quarterly payments over 7-years.

These quarterly payments will soon add up and in most cases, you will be reimbursed for your initial spend on installing the system.

To find out more about the Renewable Heat Incentive, book a free chat with the Renewable Energy Advice Line experts.


Is an air source heat pump right for your home?

An air source heat pump takes heat from external air, converts it to liquid and pumped around your property when the liquid is heated.

Even in temperatures as low as -15 degrees, an air source heat pump can provide an excellent level of heating to your home. As it is such a modern solution, the heat can be pumped around your home via piping and radiators, or a fan system. Of course, it depends on how modern your home is.

With a potential to operate for as long as 20-years, air source heat pumps are often a cheaper source of renewable heating. With fast and easy installation, they’re safe to run, provide a consistent level of heating to your home and of course; reduce your heating bills .

Other sources of renewable heating include biomass boilers, ground source heat pumps and solar thermal systems. To find out what solution is best for your home, send our experts a message and we’ll be only too happy to help.


How can the Renewable Energy Advice Line help you?

There are so many benefits to installing a renewable heating solution in your home. There isn’t an ultimate solution which is the best renewable heating system for everyone’s needs, but there are solutions which are highly effective for your unique requirements.

Perhaps you’ll find the best option to be the one you get the most heat put of and gain the most money through using schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Working with the Renewable Energy Advice Line, we can assist you in finding the best solution for your home, which solution will require the least amount of maintenance and how you can benefit from RHI.


Don’t delay installing a renewable heating solution in your home; the Renewable Heat Incentive will come to a close in Spring 2022. We provide free home energy assessments, surveys and suggestions on how you can improve your home energy.

As the Renewable Energy Consultants of the Year, as awarded by the Energy Efficiency Awards; we’re able to provide you with advice on the best solution for your home, your budget and your future.

Talk to us today!

How to save energy and money in your home

How to save energy and money in your home

Saving energy in your home is also a great way to save money – and in winter time, what could be better? There are plenty of options available to you, for you to save energy all throughout the year.

Here are a few tips from the Renewable Energy Advice Line to help you save money and energy in your home.



Heating is probably the first thing which comes to mind when you think about saving energy and money. Throughout the winter months, households begin to use their heating more to keep warm, dry washing and to keep everybody comfortable.

Of course, the more the heating is used, the more money spent and the more energy used. Heating our homes and places of work accounts for approximately one fifth of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

With this in mind, it is important to find efficient ways to heat your home and tackle climate change.

What heating options are available to you? Well, what about:

  • Heat pumps
  • Biomass boilers
  • Solar thermal solutions
  • ‘A’-rated gas boilers

Of course, you must also consider how you’re going to keep the heat inside your home once you’ve heated it up



It’s important to ensure the heat within your home isn’t escaping. The more insulated your home is, the less time you will need to spend heating it and therefore the less you need to spend on heating overall.

Heating becomes very expensive when escaping through the roof, windows or walls. How can you stop the heat escaping? Let’s review:

  • Loft insulation
  • Wall insulation
  • Double or triple glazing

You can also control the amount of heating used, with simple thermostat and heating controls.


Saving extra heat in your home

Using a timer to ensure your heating only comes on when you need it, you can ensure it just stays on as long as you need. Installing a smart thermostat means you can control your heating remotely via your smartphone or tablet, so you can switch your heating on while you’re travelling home, or make sure it remains off while you’re out.

You could also reduce the maximum temperature in your home. While it may be getting colder outside, you don’t need to crank up the heating. Reducing the temperature by even 1degrees, could save you as much as 10% off your energy use per year. You’re also unlikely to notice the difference.


The experts at the Renewable Energy Advice Line are able to speak with you to discuss your options for heating your home and how you can save money. We’re also able to inform you how you can make use of Government-backed schemes to fund your new project.