As the current economic crises continues to grip many businesses up and down the country, here in Huddersfield a local energy conservation company is busier than ever!
Award winning Yorkshire Energy Services, based on New North Parade are currently expanding and in the process, creating new jobs despite the doom and gloom in the economy. The company, who recently managed the highly successful Warm Zone insulation scheme on behalf of Kirklees Council, have established a new subsidiary company specializing in installing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems that allow householders to generate electricity from the power of the sun, which in turn will lower energy bills, reduce CO2 and, thanks to the Government’s Clean Energy Cashback scheme; earn money for the electricity generated.
Their new venture, ‘YES Renewables’ was launched in June 2010 and offers householders affordable and efficient low carbon technology that benefits both the householder directly as well as the environment. Six full-time jobs have been already been created with the potential for further recruitment in the future.
For many people the thought of generating electricity through solar power seems unrealistic and just too expensive. However, a new Government scheme aims to dispel this attitude by offering residents an incentive to invest in renewable energy.
The Clean Energy Cashback initiative was launched in April this year and enables householders to earn subsidies from their energy supplier for every unit of electricity they produce for 25 years. What’s more, depending on the type of solar energy system installed, you could also benefit from the Clean Energy Cashback incentive on every unit of electricity you export back to the national grid as well as save money because you use less provided by energy companies.
The Clean Energy Cashback scheme was set up to encourage UK residents to invest in renewable technology. As the need to save energy becomes a key focus for the new Government, the implementation of domestic solar technology will no doubt play a major roll. Though Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems can be expensive to install, the Clean Energy Cashback scheme will not only help residents save money on electricity bills, but reduce their carbon footprint and generate a second income.
Insulating your homes now makes sense!
The Energy Saving Trust advice centre for South and West Yorkshire manager Andrew Cooper explains how loft insulation not only helps to keep the heat in during winter but also keeps the house cool during summer months. “Insulation works just like a thermos flask which helps to keep the contents cool as well as hot. And by fitting adequate loft insulation in the summer, you can maximise the amount of money saved in heating bills through the winter months, which is around £150 for un-insulated lofts.”
With demand for insulation quieter over the summer, now is a great time to avoid the que’s. Andrew told us “the majority of people think about getting their insulation in the months leading up to winter and therefore have to wait a number of weeks, whilst if customers enquire for the insulation now, they could have a survey done within a week and the insulation fitted by a professional installer within a month”.
If everyone in the UK has adequate loft insulation – 270mm is the recommended level – we would save around £520m a year on heating costs and approximately 3 million tonnes of CO2, the major green house gas. That’s enough CO2 to fill the new Wembley Stadium 380 times!
Whilst many Yorkshire residents may be eligible for free insulation, advisors at the Energy Saving Trust can refer those who do not qualify for free measures for subsidised prices of as little as £99!
To discuss your options call your local Energy Saving Trust advice centre on 0800 512 012 or go online at www.energysavingtrust.org.uk.