Top tips for making your home GREENER
What’s top of the list for your project? Homeowners are increasingly focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability when making home improvements or choosing a new property.
So, how do you make sure choosing green technology is a sound investment?
Get impartial advice
Before beginning a project – whether it’s a new build, renovation or a smaller project, getting unbiased, clear information is essential.
The Scottish Government funds free specialist advice, over the phone or in your home. Advisors assess your home and provide a report to help you weigh up your options – from deciding which tech to use, to financial support and even planning considerations. Call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.
Do your sums
While you’re getting advice, check out what financial support is available. Households in Scotland can apply for a Governmentbacked interest free loan for a range of energy saving home improvements, and in some cases grant funding is available.
You should also factor in income from incentives like the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. Choosing energy efficient technology can mean paying more up front, but could work out better long term – and you could save on your energy bills.
Speak to someone who has done it before
Before you take the plunge, check out what real householders say about living with green technology using the Green Homes Network. The Energy Saving Trust hosts a searchable network of properties that you can read about or visit in person, to chat with the homeowner about their experiences. To search, visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/green-homes-network
Choose the best company for the job
If you’re getting a home renewables system, Energy Saving Trust recommends sticking to companies certified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). You can search for, and read reviews of, MCS companies using the Renewables Installer Finder. Visit: rif.est.org.uk
It’s good to get at least three quotes – and remember cheaper isn’t always better. For free impartial advice call Home Energy Scotland on 0808 808 2282.