South Essex Homes (HEATS)

South Essex Homes is continually seeking to improve the energy efficiency of its housing stock. As part of this objective, they have set up HEATS (Home Energy Assistance & Technology Scheme) and Essex Insulation has been appointed as their Energy Efficiency Consulting Partner. The scheme will involve carrying out analysis and ‘in-home’ surveys to determine the energy efficiency status of the housing stock and to identify possible improvements.

In the first phase of the scheme, 50 properties are being surveyed between 1st and 30th June. The surveys are being passed to South Essex Homes for them to assess. Where improvements can be made, not only will residents benefit from warmer, more comfortable homes, there may also be an opportunity to reduce household heating and/or energy bills.

Essex Insulation has worked on a number of programmes with Southend Borough Council and South Essex Homes with the most recent being the ‘ReallySmartHouse’ project. This was targeted at improving energy efficiency in Council properties in Southend. In total over 40 homes were retrofitted including the installation of energy monitors, photovoltaic panels and insulation.

Green Deal from the UK Government

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has just announced the introduction of a new incentive for householders in England and Wales to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The Government Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will be open to customer applications from early June 2014. It allows customers to claim up to 75% of the cost of installing external or internal wall insulation up to a maximum value of £6,000.

It is also possible to claim up to £1,000 for installing any two eligible energy saving improvements from a list of twelve. This covers measures such as cavity wall insulation, double glazing, flat roof insulation or a condensing mains gas boiler.

There is an additional bonus of up to £500 for homebuyers who have bought their home in the 12 months prior to application. Householders can also claim a refund of up to £100 for a Green Deal Assessment Report (GDAR) if it is less than 24 months old when the GDHIF measures are carried out.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said, ‘The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is another way the government is making it simpler and cheaper for people to stay warm and improve their homes. I want households across the country to benefit from more energy efficient homes and reduced bills through the Green Deal, and that is what the new home improvement fund will do.’

For more information about the new energy efficiency incentive, please contact Essex Insulation on 01268 72 44 55.

By |May 7th, 2014|Uncategorised|

National Green Deal and Eco Awards

The 2014 National Green Deal and ECO awards recognise the achievements of companies involved in the Green Deal initiative and the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).

Essex Insulation was nominated for Installer of the Year in the East of England region for both Insulation and Boiler and Renewables. At an awards ceremony in Milton Keynes on 15th April, Mike Easdon and Richard Wood from Essex Insulation were both presented with certificates as Runner-Up in each category.

The company will now be put forward for the National Awards in these categories. A panel of distinguished judges will be pouring over the nominations, and awards will be made to companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Green Deal industry.

The National Green Deal & ECO Awards will take place at a Gala Dinner on Thursday the 29th May, 2014, in the Ballroom of the Riverbank Park Plaza Hotel, located on Albert Embankment in the heart of London.

ReallySmartHouse Accreditation

The ReallySmartHouse scheme was jointly funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for the Eastern Region. The funding was awarded to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy in Council properties. In total over 40 properties have been retrofitted including the installation of smart meters, photovoltaic panels and insulation.

Essex Insulation insulated a number of British Iron & Steel Federation Houses (BISF) as part of the project. External Wall Insulation was applied with a reinforcing steel cage to give the properties added stability and to lengthen their lifespan.

There were also ten under-insulated bungalows in Southend that Essex Insulation transformed into highly efficient ‘Smart Homes’. The construction of the bungalows meant that there were high levels of heat loss. Cliff Eves, Operations Director at Essex Insulation commented, ‘The project board wanted the exterior of the bungalows to look the same as they had before work commenced whilst also delivering a significant improvement in the thermal efficiency of the building envelope. The Kingspan External Wall System that we used allowed us to achieve this.’

In celebration of the success of the project, Southend Borough Council held a ReallySmartHouse Awards Event on 25th March. Mike Easdon, Sales & Marketing Director at Essex Insulation was presented with a certificate of ReallySmartHouse Accreditation at the event, in recognition of the company’s contribution to the success of the project.

Kevin French celebrates 30 years with InBuild

Kevin French began his working life as a joiner and cabinet maker. However, when the firm he worked for re-located, a friend of his suggested that he apply to Essex Insulation – and that was 30 years ago. Kevin started working at the company’s premises in Southend, one of around 20 employees. He assisted with the move to Essex Insulation’s current office in Basildon, and is now part of a workforce of around 100 employees.

Kevin says that he has seen the biggest change in Health & Safety. In the early days, the installers wore t-shirts and trainers for work, whereas today they have to wear a full range of protective clothing and equipment.

Kevin started at EI as a loft insulation installer, working on council owned housing throughout the UK. He was then trained to fit Cellotex, and to insulate timber-frame buildings before moving on to fire barrier and insulated render. He is now working as a site supervisor and technical inspector. He says that he has always been happy to stay with Essex Insulation because he is looked after and treated fairly; even when times have been tough, the company has diversified into other products and markets so he has always been kept busy.

In recognition of Kevin’s 30 years’ service Essex Insulation’s Managing Director, Simon Wray, presented him with a set of Makita tools. Simon commented that Kevin is valued enormously by the company for his wealth of experience, his work ethic and his loyalty.

So what does the future hold for Kevin? Well, he has recently completed the supervision of a new build project that was constructed using ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms). Even after 30 years, he is still enjoying his involvement [...]

By |March 3rd, 2014|Essex Insulation|

Green Deal Government Cashback

Changes to the government’s Green Deal cashback scheme have been announced today, to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements.The scheme helps people to install energy efficiency measures by providing them with money back on the contributions they make towards improvements.

The changes include increases to the amount of money consumers get back on some Green Deal measures, such as solid wall insulation. There is now up to £4000 available for homeowners installing solid wall insulation, up from £650. DECC has also raised the cap on cashback payments from 50% of a household’s contribution towards the cost, to 67%; this means that more people will be eligible for the maximum cashback.

The generous cashback combined with the availability of finance means that insulating a solid wall property is now very affordable for most families. Further details on prices, finance and low monthly payments will be available on this website in the next few days.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“Inefficient homes use a lot more energy than they need to, which consumers pay a high price for. The extension and increase to Green Deal cashback means more families will be helped to have warmer, more energy efficient homes and lower energy bills by next winter.”

By |February 18th, 2014|Green, Insulation|

Big Energy Saving Week 2014

Big Energy Saving Week runs from 27-31 January 2014 and will help consumers take practical steps to make cuts to their bills by checking they are on the best deal, switching tariff or supplier and taking up help to insulate their homes and reduce their energy usage.

A survey for Big Energy Saving Week highlighted that only 19% of those surveyed had insulated their homes. The survey also found that people are trying to cut their energy costs by turning down the heating (52% of people) or using less electricity (51% of people). More than a sixth (16%) are using fewer rooms in their home.

To help people take control of their bills Citizens Advice has released ten top tips to help you check, switch and insulate.

1. Check your bills carefully and read your meter regularly. This will allow you to check how much energy you use and make sure you’re paying the right amount.
2. Talk to your supplier if you think your bill is wrong or if you have problems paying. They’ll be able to give you advice about available support or talk you through repayment options.
3. If money is tight, contact your local CAB. They can check to see if you are getting the benefits you are entitled to, or if you can get help paying your bills.
4. Make sure that you’re on the cheapest tariff. Check with your supplier and use an accredited switching website to see who’s offering the best deal. Tariffs are changing in 2014 so it is important that you are aware of your current deal and any changes your supplier is planning.
5. Most energy suppliers offer fixed price tariffs, where the price of a unit [...]

Boiler Installation and Service Offer

Essex Insulation has just released details of a Replacement Boiler Scheme which is new for 2014.

The average boiler in the UK wastes up to 30% of the heat it produces. That’s why it’s now a legal requirement that all new boilers fitted have to be highly efficient condensing boilers with much lower running costs.

For a single, fixed monthly payment you can have a brand new A-Rated highly efficient boiler. Not only that, you will receive a 10 year manufacturer’s parts and labour warranty for complete peace of mind.

• No need for expensive breakdown cover
• Single, fixed monthly payment from just £19 a month
• Save up to £310** a year on your heating bill
• Complete peace of mind – 10 years of reliable heating and hot water
• An annual service by a Gas Safe Engineer is required to keep the boiler in good working order and to validate the warranty
• Essex Insulation only use Gas Safe Engineers for installation and servicing

** Source: Energy Saving Trust

National Insulation Association Annual Conference

On Thursday 5th December 2013, more than 300 delegates met in Stratford upon Avon for the National Insulation Association’s (NIA) Annual Conference.

The conference was opened by the NIA’s Chair Tony Hardiman MBE, and an introductory presentation was delivered by Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA. Essex Insulation’s Sales & Marketing Director, Mike Easdon, who chairs the NIA Market/Business Development Group, set out NIA’s plans for 2014 to support its members in maximising business opportunities.

On behalf of the NIA, Mike is actively involved in a DECC review panel and has delivered a number of Green Deal and ECO presentations at conferences throughout the UK. Essex Insulation is a leading participant within a number of trade bodies and regularly liaises with Government and other key stakeholders on current energy efficiency legislation and schemes.

The proposed changes to the ECO scheme were the hot topic of discussion at this year’s conference. The day also included a wide range of high profile external speakers including Dave Sowden, CEO of the Micropower Council, Claire Curtiss-Thomas, CEO of the BBA, Paul King CEO of the UKGBC, Lawrence Slade, Chief Operating Officer of Energy UK and Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Landlords Association.

Speaking of the day, Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the NIA, commented: “This year’s Annual Conference focussed on providing our members with details of our plans to support them to maximise business opportunities in 2014 and ensure they had the most up to date information, advice and guidance on the proposed changes to the ECO and Green Deal. It also provided the opportunity to consider future opportunities in the ‘Tomorrows World’ section with our external speakers delivering a number of informative and thought [...]