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  • Stockton energy efficiency scheme extended

    More households in Stockton could see a significant reduction in their energy bills as a result of a £6 million investment in the town.

    The GoWarm Parkfield initiative aims to carry out improvements at an extra 500 houses, after completing work at over 400 homes, which equated to a value of £3.9 million, reports the Bdaily Business Network.

    Speaking to the news provider, Karen Hindhaugh, director of GoWarm, said: "While there are many companies offering various energy efficiency measures, such as cavity wall and loft insulation, the GoWarm Parkfield initiative is specifically designed to provide homeowners with a package of multiple measures for free."

    Ms Hindhaugh said that she is delighted about extending the scheme and delivering benefits to even more homeowners.

    Schemes such as the GoWarm Parkfield initiative could be incredibly important to residents, especially after a study by Santander found that household bills have increased at almost double the rate of inflation over the last decade.

  • Underfloor heating is better than a radiator system, expert says

    Underfloor heating is more effective than using radiator systems, one specialist has insisted.

    Derrick Wilkinson, director of Gr33n, emphasised that heat pumps operate more effectively if an ambient temperature is present across the year.

    "If you've got a heat pump it's a constant temperature, so works much better with underfloor heating, which can run at a constant temperature," Mr Wilkinson went on to say.

    He added that air and ground source heat pumps can provide significant energy savings, especially because it runs solely on electricity, meaning that people can save money that would have otherwise been spent on oil.

    Elsewhere, the Sheffield Star has reported that families in the city have seen their heating bills increase rapidly.

    Some of the bills have jumped by up to 75 per cent, amounting to £400 more than what they were paying in 2011.

    The increased costs have impacted those who utilise the district heating system

  • Underfloor heating is better than a radiator system, expert says

    Underfloor heating is more effective than using radiator systems, one specialist has insisted.

    Derrick Wilkinson, director of Gr33n, emphasised that heat pumps operate more effectively if an ambient temperature is present across the year.

    "If you've got a heat pump it's a constant temperature, so works much better with underfloor heating, which can run at a constant temperature," Mr Wilkinson went on to say.

    He added that air and ground source heat pumps can provide significant energy savings, especially because it runs solely on electricity, meaning that people can save money that would have otherwise been spent on oil.

    Elsewhere, the Sheffield Star has reported that families in the city have seen their heating bills increase rapidly.

    Some of the bills have jumped by up to 75 per cent, amounting to £400 more than what they were paying in 2011.

    The increased costs have impacted those who utilise the district heating system

  • Secondary glazing can 'reduce heat loss'

    The use of secondary glazing can help to reduce heat loss significantly, one expert has outlined.

    The glass looks to be increasing in popularity at the moment, with Ian Hall, head of sales at Granada Secondary Glazing, noting that his business has just seen the two biggest years of growth in its history.

    Mr Hall explained the benefits of secondary glazing, saying: "Depending on what glass you put in and depending on how much of a cavity you can create between the two windows, you can reduce the heat loss through windows by anything up to 85 per cent."

    He also noted that the type of secondary glazing used by homeowners depends on the appearance of the existing windows in properties.

    These remarks follow an article for the Guardian, which revealed that many gas network owners will look to increase energy costs beyond 2020.

    Northern Gas Networks has told Ofgem that prices will jump by 27 per cent, while National Grid and Sotia Gas Networks are preparing to increase their costs by 11 per cent.  

  • Secondary glazing can 'reduce heat loss'

    The use of secondary glazing can help to reduce heat loss significantly, one expert has outlined.

    The glass looks to be increasing in popularity at the moment, with Ian Hall, head of sales at Granada Secondary Glazing, noting that his business has just seen the two biggest years of growth in its history.

    Mr Hall explained the benefits of secondary glazing, saying: "Depending on what glass you put in and depending on how much of a cavity you can create between the two windows, you can reduce the heat loss through windows by anything up to 85 per cent."

    He also noted that the type of secondary glazing used by homeowners depends on the appearance of the existing windows in properties.

    These remarks follow an article for the Guardian, which revealed that many gas network owners will look to increase energy costs beyond 2020.

    Northern Gas Networks has told Ofgem that prices will jump by 27 per cent, while National Grid and Sotia Gas Networks are preparing to increase their costs by 11 per cent.  

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