A record breaking home! Energy figures for 2015

Ok, so its our own record, but we’ve had the lowest calendar year energy usage for our demo house so far. I’m putting it down to 3 changes over last year – a) slightly lower occupancy with the children being out at school b) a very mild 12 months c) some remediation work to some […]

Retrofit decisions: the role of EPCs & Green Deal Assessments

When looking to choose the right option from many available, whatever the setting, it’s a good approach to look at the extremities of choice and work in towards your favoured position. Some choices are easier to make than others of course; a new toaster – 2 or 4 slots, colour, energy rating, price. I personally […]

Does Retrofit Really Work?

In asking the question “does retrofit really work?”, you first need to decide what you mean. Some argue, for example, that the rebound effect – people turning up their heating when their home has been insulated – means that it doesn’t. The counter-argument is that if people want to use their savings to make their […]

“Green Levies”? – Let’s call them Environmental and Social Levies

The National Audit Office (NAO) published a report today entitled ‘Infrastructure Investment: the impact on consumer bills‘. We’ll publish an overview document shortly as part of our Report Outline series. In the meantime, we’ve no doubt the media will miss some key points and the Big Six Energy Companies PR machines will massage any information […]

A Busy Day in Devon

While we usually advise a lead-in time of around 1-2 weeks between signing up for our Home Energy Masterplan service and receiving a visit from one of our expert surveyors, we do strive to accommodate clients whenever possible. Still, it was quite a surprise whilst visiting a project management client in Exeter last Friday to […]