Saving money Saving energy Saving the environment 04 January 2006 Energy Savers Report 1 London WC1V 7QT Welcome to your personal Energy Savers Report. We’ve created this report using information that you gave us in the questionnaire you completed. It rates your energy use compared with other households with similar characteristics and indicates how environmentally friendly your home is. We’ve also tried to identify the key areas where your costs could be reduced and included some innovative ways for you to save energy. Breakdown of current running costs Based on your information, this is an estimate of how much you are spending in each different area over a year. To help you save energy in each of these areas, take a look at pages three and four for details of what you can do to save money. Space Heating Water Heating Cooking Lights and Appliances £202.12 £159.79 £47.64 £160.97 Your home's energy rating How environmentally friendly is your home? Your ideal rating is based on the size of your home and Based on the information that you have given us, there the number of people who live there. The closer that you are quite a few things you could do to make your home get to your ideal rating, the more money you could save. more environmentally friendly. This is good news, because it means there are a lot of ways for you to save money and help the environment. Read on to see how you could save £196.00 Your Report Explained Energy rating An energy rating for your home is like a miles-per-gallon figure for a car, the better your rating, the more energy efficient your home. This could mean lower fuel bills and less of an effect on the environment. Our energy-rating scheme goes from A to G; with ‘A’ being the best and ‘G’ being the worst. You should look out for the same energy rating when buying white goods like fridges and household appliances. Environmental rating When fossil fuels are burnt, carbon is released as a by-product into the atmosphere. So when you use gas on your hob, carbon is created as a by- product. These carbon emissions contribute to global warming. That’s why it is important for all of us to be as careful with energy use as we can. The more careful everyone is, the fewer fossil fuels will be used. Recommended improvements These are the top four improvements that could help you save on your fuel bills and help decrease your household's impact on the environment. The annual savings shown are for the individual item, the combined savings shows how much you could save by taking all energy saving measures. Improvements with a long ‘Payback Period’, like double glazing have other benefits as well as reducing your heating bills. These could include improvement in aesthetics and reduction in noise. Improvement Area Typical Cost Typical Payback Annual You could save Period Savings approximately Cavity wall insulation £200.00 £59.63 3 years £196.00 if you implement Install up to 250mm of roof insulation £220.00 £79.63 3 years energy saving Replace a boiler over 15 years old £1850.00 £164.07 11 years measures. Our top recommendations are Add room thermostat £65.00 £13.83 5 years listed alongside. Quality of advice given Figures quoted for energy ratings, savings and costs are approximate as the calculations do not cover all the energy details in your home and are based on standard occupancy patterns. You may also find that the estimated savings and predicted running costs following improvements do not add up. This is normal and due to the approximations made. The quality of advice given also depends on the completeness and the accuracy of the information you have provided. Recommended Savings from British Gas Please find below more information on your recommended improvements We work with Currys offering reduced prices Cavity Wall Insulation on selected 'A rated Many houses built between 1932 and 1982 were built with a gap between two levels of the outside brickwork. appliances. See your These are known as cavity walls and if the gap isn't insulated you could be losing up to 33% of your home's heat local Currys store for (Source: Energy Saving Trust, August 2005). Cavity wall installation requires professional equipment and knowledge from a qualified expert. details or visit British Gas provides low cost subsidised cavity wall insulation. For a no obligation quote call 0845 971 7731 www.currys.co.uk. quoting RLF9. If you receive income or disability related benefits you may be able to get free insulation through our ‘here to HELP’ programme. If you think you may qualify call 0845 605 2535 for details. Lines are open 8am- 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. Calls may be monitored and/or recorded for quality assurance. Typical Cost £200.00 Possible annual saving of £59.63 Loft Insulation Many homes have some insulation in the loft but topping it to 250mm could cut heat loss and save both energy and money. It is possible to install loft insulation yourself, however British Gas can arrange for professional installation. British Gas provides low cost subsidised loft insulation For a no obligation quote call 0845 971 7731 quoting RLF9 .If you receive income or disability related benefits you may be able to get free insulation through our ‘here to HELP’ programme. If you think you may qualify phone 0845 605 2535 for more details. Typical Cost £220.00 Possible annual saving of £79.63 Replace a boiler over 15 years old British Gas recommends that you should consider replacing your gas central heating boiler every fifteen years. Whilst boilers beyond this age can often still function, their effectiveness and efficiency becomes reduced.In a house with average insulation, if you replace a 15 year old boiler with a new condensing boiler and heating controls, you could save as much as 40% on your heating bills. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, July 2005). A British Gas engineer could do this for you. For details of British Gas central heating services please call 08457 754 754 quoting CF19. Lines are open 7am-9pm seven days a week. Calls may be monitored and/or recorded for quality assurance. Typical Cost £1850.00 Possible annual saving of £164.07 Room Thermostat Keeping your rooms at an even temperature could save energy and make your home more comfortable. Professional help will be required to fit a new room thermostat. A British Gas engineer could do this for you. For details of British Gas central heating services please call 0845 7 60 50 40. Calls may be monitored and/or recorded for quality assurance. Typical Cost £65.00 Possible annual saving of £13.83 Breakdown of potential running costs Based on our recommendations here are your potential running costs if all the recommended improvements are made. Space Heating Water Heating Cooking Lights and Appliances £75.14 £91.73 £47.64 £159.55 Your total saving could be £196.00 Quality of advice given Figures quoted for energy ratings, savings and costs are approximate as the calculations do not cover all the energy details in your home and are based on standard occupancy patterns. You may also find that the estimated savings and predicted running costs following improvements do not add up. This is normal and due to the approximations made. The quality of advice given also depends on the completeness and the accuracy of the information you have provided.