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How small-scale projects in your home can save energy
A SERIES of new guides to help homeowners in Pontypridd go green during small-scale renovation work has been launched.
Energy Saving Trust, Robert Price Builders’ Merchants and the Federation of Master Builders have joined together to issue free booklets throughout South Wales, providing room-by-room advice on energy saving solutions.
The free booklets, which are available online at the website www.enegysavingtrust.org.uk, hope to raise people’s awareness about how to make their home more environmentally friendly.
Although installing loft insulation, fitting double-glazing or upgrading heating, hot water systems and boilers are among the best ways to reduce energy wastage, they are often incorrectly seen as costly and disruptive.
These factors often put householders off improving their homes and making them more energy efficient.
A report commissioned by Energy Saving Trust, to uncover the points at which a homeowner is most likely to consider energy saving provision, found that the most convenient time to install energy saving measures is when undergoing small-scale household renovation work such as upgrading a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom.
The new guides are designed to introduce homeowners to the benefits of incorporating energy saving solutions into their own building projects.
For example, whole-house measures such as the installation of new heating and hot water systems can save up to 22% on energy costs per year.
The guides explain how a few simple changes in a living room can save 14% on energy consumption and updating the kitchen and bathroom can mean a 4% reduction in bills for each room.
Duncan McCombie, director of operations for the Energy Saving Trust in Wales, said: “Our report, Trigger points: a convenient truth, suggests homeowners are most receptive to installing energy saving solutions when already undergoing renovation work.
“We hope the distribution of these guides will highlight the ease with which carbon and bills can be cut.
“By giving people the information and advice they need to install energy saving solutions at the same time as other building work, we want to involve more homes across Wales in helping to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.”
Peter Townsend, marketing manager for Robert Price Builders’ Merchants, said: “Energy efficiency will continue to grow in importance.
“The Energy Saving Trust’s guides help to ensure our customers are aware of contemporary issues and how best practice can be applied.”
For further information visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/grants or call the Energy Saving Trust’s free, impartial advice line on 0800 512 012./grants or call the Energy Saving Trust’s free, impartial advice line on 0800 512 012.
• by Mark Smith, Celtic Shared

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