Information About The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme
Wales (HEES)

What is fuel poverty?

Fuel poverty is needing to spend more than 10% of household income to keep
warm. So, what are the causes of fuel poverty?

  1. Low income
  2. Rising fuel prices
  3. High fuel bills
  4. Cold property
  5. Damp property
  6. Constant ill health

 

What Does Heat Loss Look Like In The Home?

 

 

What Was The Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES)?

• This grant-funded scheme was for tackling fuel poverty and was funded by
Wales Assembly Government (WAG). The scheme was in
operation from 2000 April 2011.
• To eradicate fuel poverty as far as reasonably practical in
vulnerable households by 2010
• 92,000 households assisted in the last 6 years
• £18,000,000 million per year

How did they implement the scheme?

• Partnerships & Links into the community
• Marketing / Referral Generation
• Assessment of Homes and Provide Energy Advice by
qualified Assessors
• Identification
• Landlords Permission
• Installation by registered and qualified installers across
Wales
• Inspections (selected 5% insulation, 100% heating work)
• Aftercare

What Grants were available?

HEES (£2000)
Householders who were in receipt of the following benefits and either have a child under 16 or are pregnant and have been given maternity certificate MAT B1.
Income support
Working tax credit (income less than £15,460)
Council tax benefit
Child tax credit (income less than £15,460)
Housing benefit
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

HEES Plus (£3600)
Householders who were:
Aged 60 or over, lone parent families with a child under 16 years, and are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits.
Income Support
Housing benefit
Council tax benefit
State pension credit
Income based job seekers allowance
Disability living allowance
Householder with a child under 16 claiming child benefit and disability living allowance for the child
Householders aged 80 or over

 

Measures that were available

• Loft space (200mm/270mm)
• Cavity Walls
• Draught-proofing
• Hot Water Tank Jacket
• Smoke alarms
• Security locks (over 60’s)
• Energy Efficiency advice
• Low energy light bulbs

Heating

• Gas, Oil, Electric Central Heating system
• Heating Repairs
• Condensing boilers
• Replacement boilers
• Gas supply to house
• Hot water tanks

 

What 5 ways can you increase efficiency to recycle, save waste and energy as a business?

If you are producing a lot of waste as a business, it might be seen as a sign of success, especially in sectors such as manufacturing and construction. But with waste, of course, comes the responsibility to recycle.

Recycling properly and efficiently is essential to staying on the right side of the law, as well as trying to be as sustainable as possible for the sake of the environment and your company’s green credentials. So, let’s take a look at ways in which you can improve the recycling process.

1. Balers and compactors

cardboard waste balers and compactors

If you haven’t heard of cardboard balers and compactors, you might be missing a trick. Balers, are hydraulic pressing machines which fashion plastic and cardboard waste into bales that are space efficient and easier to move around. Compactors, meanwhile, allow you to step up your waste disposal by pressurising your waste, also making it smaller in size and easier to shift.

Balers and compactors can aid businesses in cutting their waste disposal costs by up to 90%, as they lower the amount of waste collections required and potentially generate a stream of revenue from recycled waste. They also make the process quicker and safer – no more jumping up and down on cardboard boxes! PHS Wastekit offers baler hire and compactor hire options if you want to try before you buy.

 

2. Cut out hazardous materials

Good recycling can sometimes mean recycling more, and in many industries such as manufacturing, this can come down to cutting out the use of hazardous or toxic materials wherever possible. In many cases, using non-hazardous materials which are easier to recycle can often mean your waste management is more efficient, as it can be easier and cheaper to dispose of materials which are recyclable. Of course, in a lot of cases, businesses are faced with a ‘needs must’ situation, but where possible, you should review which materials you are using in the manufacturing process, and try and eradicate the hazardous ones.

 

3. Commit to monitoring

 

How can you put in place a review which allows you to test the efficiency of your recycling? The answer is simple – keep monitoring the waste which you produce. Will this take up more resources in terms of management? The answer is probably yes, but in the long run you can benefit from the improvements of your recycling system, and this sometimes can only be done based on the information you have pertaining to the waste which you produce. One indicator is the share of ‘bad’ or unrecyclable parts in your waste – is it increasing or decreasing?

4. Tie ups with local organisations

 

Schools and universities are big on recycling, as they should be. They are teaching the next generation good habits for life, and you might find that you can initiate a tie up with a local educational institution which is mutually beneficial. It is not unheard of for institutions to offer students to work for free as part of their studies, helping you with your recycling scheme, in exchange for your own employees teaching the students best practice when it comes to recycling – how to recycle well, while having a positive impact on the bottom line in the process. If you have an efficient recycling scheme already set up, this is something you could shoot for. You might even come across some potential graduate workers in the process!

 

5. Create a recycling mission statement

 

Recycling isn’t something which is going to go away. Our green responsibilities are only likely to become more pertinent, so ensuring your company is well set for the years ahead is a fruitful exercise. You can take some steps towards a long term recycling vision by producing a recycling mission statement. Not only should this include ethical information about why recycling is important, but it can set out best practices for recycling within your company; include targets for waste management which might specify certain milestones which must be reached and highlight specific duties for members of staff whose remit includes any element of recycling activities.

That’s my five ways to improve your businesses recycling. Remember, your work force is best used when performing their specialist skills, so make the most of modern technology to reduce the time and costs which are associated with your recycling and waste saving.

 

 

Save energy — 18 free energy saving tips

This is fantastic article I found whilst trying to find the best energy deals for my home. It was taken from USwitch.com and I am just republishing I thought it was extremely informative and could be of use  Saving energy isn’t just about helping you to save electricity or be more energy efficient — it’s also a great way to save money.

We all know we could do more around the home to save energy, but where to start? While some of the biggest energy savers require time and money there are still plenty of lifestyle changes you can make that will save energy, and money.

Why pay more for the same energy?

Find and switch to a better energy deal in minutes

With just a few simple changes to your lifestyle and your home, you could be saving hundreds of pounds on your heating, gas and electricity bills.

So, if you’re looking for ways to cut down on your spending, try these 18 free energy saving tips.

How to save money on heating

  1. Stay warm, cut costs. Turning your thermostat down by 1°C can save you as much as £60 per year.Also, keeping your heating on constantly on a low heat could potentially save you more money than switching it on and off for big blasts of heat. This is where getting to know and understand the timer settings on your thermostat will really pay off.
  2. Get cosy. Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up.
  3. Turn the pressure down on the power shower. A high-pressure power shower is a great luxury to have but you’d be surprised how much water they use – sometimes even more than a bath.

Be efficient with cooking

  1. Save time and stock up. If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. After all, oven’s don’t allow us to heat one shelf at a time so why waste your heat?
  2. Heat your home with cooking. Leave the oven door open after cooking to let the heat warm your kitchen. The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more efficient use of that stored heat than throwing it out of your home with an extractor fan.
  3. Let the dishwasher do the dirty work . Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Save water and energy by just scraping the dishes before they go in.
  4. Make things easy for your fridge and freezer. Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.
  5. Use the right ring for the right thing. If your cooker has a small ring, use a small pan. You might only be heating up a small meal, and doing so in a big pan wastes a lot of energy. Conversely if you try and heat a large pan on the small ring you’re more likely to end up heating for longer than saving any money or energy.

Be efficient with washing

  1. Shrink your bills, not your clothes. 90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at 30-40 °C you’re saving significant amounts of money.
  2. Hang up your laundry. Air-dry your laundry rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather. What’s more nothing smells better than air-dried clothes.
  3. Save yourself ironing time. Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.

Energy effciency and electricity saving tips for your appliances

  1. Switch it off and save. Unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging. Also, make sure you’re not leaving appliances on standby: it may be easier but it’s also a guaranteed way to waster energy compared to turning things off at the socket.
  2. Get the kids involved. Play energy-saving games with your kids. Get them to spot the areas in the home where energy is being wasted and where lights, switches or appliances have been left on.
  3. Let the sunshine in. On a sunny day, opening your curtains will let warmth into your house, but when it’s colder or the sun goes down don’t forget to close them to keep that heat in.

Be efficient with your whole home

  1. Get free cavity wall insulation. There are now government-backed full and partial grants available to help you pay for insulation if your home has cavity walls.Getting this done could save you around 15% on your fuel bills, so you could be saving on average £98 a year. Even if you don’t receive money from the government insulation is still worth it in the long run.
  2. Get free loft insulation. Because heat rises, as much as 25% of the heat in your house could be disappearing into your loft space. What’s more, even older properties that already have insulation in place may not have the recommended levels, particularly if it was installed in the 1970s or 1980s.If you apply for a loft insulation grant, you could save about 19% on your fuel bills – which works out at an average of £128 per year.
  3. Get free solar panels. Having solar panels installed on your house could save you as much as a third on your electricity bills. What’s more, thanks to the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme solar panel installers get paid for the energy generated, so they may install them for free.
  4. Apply for an energy-saving grant. There are plenty of energy-saving grants available to help with the cost of home improvements.