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 […]

Some thoughts on low energy retrofit this autumn

Now that we’re officially into autumn, it’s fast approaching that time of year again when many of us (myself included) start thinking about how soon is ‘too soon’ to stick the heating on. Having spent most of last week working in the Lake District I can tell you that for some that time is already […]

Renewable Heat Incentive for our Demo House

I eventually got round to applying for the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive for the solar thermal system on our demo house. We’d previously received £300 from the Renewable Heat Incentive Premium Payment which rightly reduces the amount we will received. (not the best picture but the solar thermal is in the middle on the flat […]

Why the DECC’s new RHI ‘calculator’ doesn’t quite tell you all you need to know……

This week the DECC launched their RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) ‘calculator’, with an aim of giving homeowners “a clear idea of the payments they could receive if they install a renewable heating system”.  So…. does it do this? Well, yes it does, albeit with some assumptions about your property and how you’re using it, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

Home Energy Masterplan Scotland is GO!

This week we’ve been in Scotland training up some Energy Assessors to carry out our Home Energy Masterplan surveys, meaning that we can extend our coverage area further. We also managed to tie this in with an actual Masterplan survey and Green Deal Assessment for a client looking to carry out retrofit work on their […]