Give your home a green spring clean


Now is the time for householders to shrug off the winter chill and think about home improvement plans.
Firstly, residents need to know if their home is energy efficient and where, if any, are the problems.
Midlands energy adviser Ron Fox, who runs Noreus Ltd, says the first stop is to get a thermal imaging camera which will show up any weaknesses without having to cut into plasterboard or concrete or search through the attic or the roof.
The camera scans the temperature distribution of surfaces and generates accurate, high resolution images of a home showing where the energy is lost from the building.
It reveals defective insulation, air leaks and moisture in cavity wall insulation and roofs, water problems in flat roofs, leaks and defects in pipes or under-floor heating systems and inefficient seals around door and windows.
“It as easy to use as a camcorder identifies and shows what needs to be fixed,” said Ron, “saving time and money and helping find faults before real problems occur.”
He is so confident with the new technology that he is offering home owners a free thermal imaging survey to help reduce their energy bills.(Subject to T&C)
Up to 60 per cent of heat lost in a home is through the roof and the walls and Ron says the first home improvement plan should be to spray foam the attic with the environmentally-friendly Superior Insulation System.
It forms an air-tight seal and reduces heating bills by up to 50 per cent as it literally stops heat going up through the roof, saving up to £600 a year every year.
Another home improvement plan is to invest in solar panels, particularly as the cost has fallen by half in the last two years from around £14,000 to £5,000 today for a 2.5 kilowatt system with 12 panels on an average semi-detached house.
This could fall further after scientists at the University of Sheffield and the University of Cambridge announced this week that they had developed a spray-coating technique using plastic rather than silicon for solar panel cells in a similar method to that used to spray paint cars.
The main advantage of installing solar panels the Feed-in Tariff or FiT payment, which is the money the Government pays people for generating electricity every year. It is index linked and householders can receive over £14000 20 plus the Export Tariff, for electricity exported to the Grid.
The Energy Saving Trust, a non-profit organisation jointly funded by the Government and the private sector to promote the use of green energy, points out that those residents would also save on average £237 a year in energy bills.
For more details about energy-saving or to book a free thermal imaging survey which would take about an hour and a half call Ron on 0845 474 6641.


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