Kings Worthy residents have been enjoying easy fun ways to make a difference to climate change. 

This report on the WinACC Home Energy Service covers the first 6 months of 2016-2017 while its appendix gives a detailed report of the service since its inception in 2014 and the lessons that shaped the development of the service.

Surprise findings from Energy Saving Trust research

Solar thermal systems heat water using sunlight so that your boiler does not have to work as hard. This means your boiler uses less energy. They work best on sunny south-facing roofs and can generate around half of your household’s hot water requirements.

Heating with wood

Wood-burning stoves can supplement an existing heating system and can also make a wonderful focal point in your living or dining room.  Back-boiler stoves provide heating  for the whole house and/or hot water as well.

Depending on your tariff and personal circumstances, you can pay your energy bill in a variety of ways.  Your options are usually listed on the back of your energy bill.

LED bulbs are now available at a similar price as the older compact fluorescent low-energy bulbs – typically £3-£4 for branded bulbs when bought in multipacks.  This means that payback times are of the matter of a few months rather than years.  

Andy Smale, WinACC's Home Energy Advisor, recently visited Sarah Jones, a local social housing tenant, at the request of the landlord.  She lives in a house in the countryside which is not close to mains gas, and so she relies on expensive electric heating. 

Finding reliable suppliers

 One of the main challenges of upgrading the energy performance of your home is to find a supplier that you can trust.  Many suppliers can struggle to keep pace with all the changes in technology and government schemes and not all suppliers are as reputable as we would like them to be. 

Finding reliable suppliers

 One of the main challenges of upgrading the energy performance of your home is to find a supplier that you can trust.  Many suppliers can struggle to keep pace with all the changes in technology and government schemes and not all suppliers are as reputable as we would like them to be. 

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