Your New Home Energy Management Checklist

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Updated: Oct 19, 2023

Moving into a new home is stressful enough without considering the various energy-related challenges it provokes, though unfortunately many of these factors are somewhat unavoidable. Recent fluctuations concerning energy bill prices have been a mainstay in the news too, further heightening fears that energy management within the home is immensely tough to tackle. Dear no more with this handy guide from UK Energy Management – covering everything from assessing your supplier, to spotting any potential damage to your property which may be adding to bills unnecessarily.

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Assessing Efficiency

Carrying out your very own home energy audit is a great way to make an informed decision on where you may be going wrong, occasionally shedding light on underlying issues that you otherwise would not have spotted. While a professional energy assessment provides the most complete picture of your home’s energy use, a diligent self-assessment can help you pinpoint problem areas with ease. As a general rule, typically, a new build home will achieve a rating of at least a B for energy efficiency, which should be satisfactory, however older properties will potentially struggle in this regard.

Suppliers And Energy Bills

Moving home is a great time to make sure you’re on the right energy tariff for your needs. If you’re currently on a good-value fixed deal, you may want to move this with you to your new property and continue as you were. If you’re not, it could be the perfect time to switch, and browse the market for suppliers who don’t charge an arm and a leg. If you don’t have a smart meter, be sure to take meter readings at both your old and new house the day you move, as this can help prevent you being charged for someone else’s energy use – which is surprisingly common.

Keeping Costs Down With Smart Appliances

Depending on how advanced your current set-up is, a timer or programmer can let you set what time your central heating is on, and conveniently, you can save energy by setting your heating to only be on when you need it. The benefit of smart appliances such as this is that they can adapt to your situation, and within a new home, new tech can easily be integrated. Smart controls will allow you to keep track of increases and decreases which aren’t in line with your regular usage. Not able to afford these innovative options? The answer to this issue could be below.

Heating Upgrades With ECO4 Funding

Introduced in April of 2022, the ECO4 scheme has replaced previous government-backed initiatives, such as ECO3. This scheme aims to support low-income households by providing them with low-cost, high-efficiency heating and insulation solutions. Introduced to support low-income households struggling to manage rising fuel costs, there are plenty of reasons you may be eligible for this free scheme, so why not check the criteria and learn more?

The team at UK Energy Management are certified and qualified to handle all your heating and energy upgrades, including new boilers. Find out if you’re eligible by consulting our website. It only takes a minute to complete and could lead to you saving hundreds of pounds on heating bills throughout the year. Contact us for further information.

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