|Chiswick Householders Guide to Cost Savings
Top tips for cutting the energy bill for your house or flat in W4
An average householder can save over £400 on annual energy bills by implementing some straightforward heating and lighting controls. This is according to the latest guidelines from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
Christian Harper of Chiswick estate agent OliverFinn: I’ve yet to meet a buyer who wants a property because of upgraded energy credentials but it can become a point of negotiation later on to chip away at the asking price."
A saving of 19% – equivalent to nearly £108 – on annual electricity bills can be gained by using both internal and external lighting controls and fitting energy-saving light bulbs.
Householders could also shave 59% – equivalent to £300 – off their annual gas bill by using heating and hot water boiler controls, upgrading to a condensing boiler and ensuring room controls such as thermostats are set correctly.
"For some reason boilers can be a bone of contention with buyers", says Harper, who has many years experience in property in Chiswick, W4. "This is not so much from the point of view of saving energy though. Buyers like the reassurance of a new boiler which is more likely to be up to the job."
Grants for householders
These help soften the initial investment in energy-saving technology:
June 1, 2010