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Good Green vs Mean Green

It's World Environment Day, and that makes you think Green – the colour of life. Plants, nature, green energy, recycling initiatives - and Thrift Energy – all carry the invigorating hue but there is one particular mean green causing harm to the planet: Greenhouse gases.

The importance of energy-efficient solutions has peaked and changes should start at home.  The release of the latest report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Net Zero proposes new greenhouse gas emissions targets and demonstrates a need for urgent action to prevent further damage to the environment and ultimately, our world.

What is Net Zero?

Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming is a report that has stepped up ambitions for a greener planet - by calling to eradicate greenhouse gases entirely. Prior to the report, UK Government aimed for an 80 per cent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but this report has pushed even harder, declaring that it should be possible to reach Net Zero; 0 greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050, just over 30 years.

Greenhouse gas emissions cause the planet to heat as they trap in heat that radiates from the sun. As a result, polar ice caps are melting, creating higher sea levels and a gradual warming of the entire plane. If this continues, the consequences will be dire for biodiversity and beyond, wiping out many species and affecting our food chains.

The chairman of the report, Lord Deben calls for the UK to “make firm plans for housing and domestic heat” and states there is a need for change in other areas including industrial emissions, carbon capture and storage and agriculture.

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Energy efficiency can be achieved through improving the thermal retention of properties, so they hold heat better and don’t require as much energy and fuel to stay warm. Renewable energy measures are on the rise and Thrift Energy have recently completed a solar panel installation in Oxford, which will generate greener energy and prevent 1.3 - 1.6 tonnes of Carbon dioxide per year.

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A recent Solar Panel installation in Oxford by Thrift Energy
Solar Panels generate renewable energy and save up to 1.6 Carbon dioxide tonnes per year
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The project was managed by Paul Stewart down South

The Energy Savings Trust state that Insulation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve homes, reducing carbon emissions by around 1040 kg per year. If one street of 20 properties has effective Insulation, they would prevent over 20, 000kg of Carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Work is already underway in Hartlepool and Durham, as Thrift Energy secure funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) and Local Authorities for the removal and replacement of inefficient Insulation and then install brand new, A-rated boilers that increase energy efficiency and backed by a 5 year manufacturers warranty.

There is no time like the present to make positive changes, so for energy efficient improvements #ThinkThrift and call 0800 689 3415.

Cavity Wall Insulation can save an average house up to £210 a year

The average household loses up to 35% of heat is lost through their walls. The solution? Cavity Wall Insulation.

Cavity Wall Insulation is one of the most common methods of insulating the home. Since 1985 cavity walls were commonly insulated when the house was built, however any homes built before this date may have partially insulated or uninsulated cavities. This means that up to 35% of the heat in your home is being lost through your walls.
It is a relatively quick and free* measure to install, meaning it has a very quick payback time (the time it takes for the savings in your energy bills to effectively pay for the measure itself)

A properly insulated cavity can save an average house up to £210 a year!

Already have Cavity Wall insulation?
Unfortunately, due to a combination of factors including rogue installers, there are many properties in the UK that have cavity wall insulation installed that were unsuitable for the measure. This has led to a number of problems across the country, including damp and condensation.
Thankfully you don’t have to just live with this forever – insulation can be extracted from the wall, and if necessary a more suitable material installed.

The Problem
Wind and driving rain against exposed brickwork can damage bricks, or more commonly, the pointing, allowing water through the wall and into the cavity. Some of the materials used in the past, particularly anything fibre-based, can absorb and hold this water, allowing it to cross the cavity to the inner walls of the home, causing damp problems.

The Solution
Extracting the cavity wall insulation is a quick, clean process, completed from the outside of the property. Compressed air is blown into the wall through drill holes, and the insulation is removed via strategically removed bricks at the bottom of the wall. Once the process is completed, the brickwork is repaired.

Replacing the Insulation
If you have a suitable cavity, and the issue was simply the material, then the cavity can be refilled with a more suitable material. In all cases, we use an oil-based, waterproof expanded polystyrene bead, which is bonded together with glue as it is pumped into the wall. This means that any water that does make its way into the cavity via cracks in the brickwork or pointing cannot bridge the cavity, and simply drains through the natural gaps in the insulation to the bottom of the cavity and into the ground, as intended.
All of our cavity wall insulation comes with a 25 year, insurance-backed guarantee.

Thrift Energy use only bonded bead
For cavity wall installations, Thrift Energy uses an oil-based, waterproof polystyrene bead, which is bonded with a glue when being injected into the cavity. This creates a material that is solid, yet has gaps for any water that may get into the cavity to drain down to the bottom of the cavity as was intended, rather than being transferred across to the internal walls. We have completed thousands of cavity wall installations with our bonded bead without any complaints of damp.

All of our installations come with a 25 year, insurance-backed guarantee.

With around 35% of all heat loss occurring through the walls, a properly insulated cavity can save an average house up to £210 a year!

Cavity Wall Insulation – how it works

• Make your enquiry by filling in our enquiry form or calling 0800 689 3415
• One of our team will arrange a time for one of our energy efficiency experts to come and complete a home survey
• Once completed, if your home is suitable then we can arrange a time for an installation time to come and install the cavity wall insulation
• On the day of installation, the team will arrive, and they will begin the process by drilling carefully selected holes into the cavity, through which they will inject the bonded bead
• Upon finishing, the drill holes are carefully repaired
• Following installation, your 25 year, insurance-backed warranty will arrive in the post
• Enjoy your toasty home and start saving money!

Arrange Cavity Wall Extraction and Refill
If you suspect your Cavity Wall Insulation is not up to scratch, call us to arrange a FREE home survey so that we can access your current CWI and, if necessary, arrange an extraction and refill.

Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or email

Don’t be spooked by your energy bills!

The clocks go back this Sunday 28th October which means an extra hour in bed; but it also means colder days, darker nights and potentially a high electricity bill. UK households pay around £3.4 billion each year and the biggest offenders of appliance costs include fridge freezers, electric hobs, and tumble dryers, whilst lighting your home accounts for 18% of your total bill.
This Halloween, we’re saying don’t be spooked, be savvy. Simple switches, such as choosing appliances with high energy efficiency ratings can mean big savings. Follow these tips to cut your electricity cost this winter:

Insulate your home

Insulation is a key measure to improve energy-efficiency in your home. Ofgem state that insulation can ‘reduce your energy bills’.
There are many different insulation types, such as:
• Cavity Wall Insulation
• Loft Insulation
• Solid Wall Insulation
• Room-In-Roof

Thrift Energy only employ trusted and accredited installers that are experienced in fitting all of these measures to a high standard with minimal fuss.
You may be eligible for free funding under ECO guidelines, or there are other gran funding options available also. Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or apply online LINK to check your eligibility and book a FREE home survey.

Home Energy checks

Home energy checks are important too, to assess additional improvements that will help you efficiently heat your home whilst keeping down costs.
Thrift Energy offer FREE home surveys to determine eligibility and find the best solution for you.

Contact us on 0800 689 3415 or apply online to check your eligibility and book a FREE home survey.

Upgrade or Replace your boiler

Heating your home accounts for around 55% of energy use – upgrading your current gas boiler to a new, energy efficient condensing boiler could save as much as £310 a year in energy bills.
Thrift has a team of experienced heating installers, who can install a new boiler with the minimum of fuss, making your home warmer and more energy efficient all in one go!
We have experience with gas, oil and LPG boilers, so whatever your needs are, give us a call to see if we can help.

Avoid Scary Standby

Do not leave appliances on standby if you want to save. Whilst this is unavoidable for some home appliances such as your fridge freezer, where possible you should switch appliances off completely by the plug socket. Leaving equipment on standby can cost you £30 per year – a lot when you’re not using it!

Stop taps

Fill a bowl once when you wash-up to save £25 a year in energy bill, plus it keeps your hands warm, plus you’ll hear Trick or Treaters if you’re not running the taps!

Draught Excluders

The eerie chill of Halloween is upon us, the chill is about to nip at your ankles and prevent your home from staying warm – be one step-ahead and scare the cold away by finding a simple draught excluder. They’re usually in the form of a long pillow, you’re sure to be able to find themed ones for your Halloween bash!

Light up your life with LEDS

Light is less scary than the dark, but wouldn’t it be good to cut back costs? Well you can! Just replaced your regular bulbs with LEDs, to save about £35 a year on bills*.

Curtain Call
When the dusk sets in, make sure you close your curtains…not only will it keep you cosy in your Halloween hideaway, it also prevents heat from escaping through the windows making your home warm too.

Have a wonderful and very warm Halloween. Sp00k to you sooooon…

Cambridgeshire Refurbishment Scheme Success

Thrift Energy is celebrating  major achievement after becoming involved in an extensive refurbishment scheme on up to 1000 properties in the Cambridgeshire area – not only improving residents homes but also, this week, employing eight new members of staff in the local area who had recently lost  jobs.

We are the largest contractor involved in the scheme which includes carrying out extensive external wall insulation works to improve the energy efficiency and aesthetics of privately owned, rented and social housing in Cambridgeshire. The scheme was funded by a consortium of District Councils in Cambridgeshire, using funds from The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), which provided a community fund of £7.5 million to assist in making residents homes more comfortable and warm as well as assisting in lowering occupants energy bills.

The scheme predicts savings of up to £450 per annum for residents living in an average sized semi-detached house along with an average reduction of 1,900kg in CO2 emissions for the same type of property. Thrift Energy has had major involvement in the scheme installing external wall insulation, complete with a colour rendered finish, to over 300 properties in the area, along with other energy saving measures being installed such as loft insulation and condensing boilers.

We’ve also, this week, employed eight new members of staff following the announcement that another main contractor on the scheme – Climate Energy – has gone into administration, announced earlier this month. Those employed include assessors, surveyors, quality control, customer services and delivery personnel who had a major and positive influence on the scheme since it began.

Derek Campbell, our Managing Director at Thrift Energy commented, “The job losses affected some key individuals that had been working on the scheme who had a huge amount of knowledge, expertise and involvement from the start. Thrift Energy made the bold decision to employ eight members of staff that were affected in order to ensure, not only the security of their employment, but also so that residents experienced minimal disruption and the scheme continued to be delivered as seamlessly as it could be”.

With 366 properties now completed we expect another 600 properties will be refurbished by the time the scheme finishes in August 2016.

We will be honouring work for all customers who have paid a deposit to Climate Energy and have agreed, with the administrators, to take over customer contracts and proceed with works at the agreed price, subject to their own survey. Customers affected by the administration of Climate Energy can contact Thrift Energy on 01353 72 33 33.

Enquiry Form

Enquiry Form

Use our simple interactive form to see whether you could be eligible for energy efficiency home improvements for free, just answer a few quick questions!

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