LEDs Beware of Pale Imitations


LED lighting is relatively new technology. I have tried many products and can confirm price does not always guarantee quality!

Last week I spent a day at MHA lighting, UK based LED lighting design and manufacturing Company based in Atherton, near Wigan.

I was really pleased to see the passion for excellence in all products supplied. The design and manufacturing process is all undertaken on one site. Every stage of production is followed by testing. MHA can provide a 5 year guarantee because every product has been tested at least 6 times before it’s dispatched from the factory. Excellent attention to detail, a real confidence boost for the installer and end user Customer.

MHA have experience in a wide range of applications from ships to deserts, they produce electronic products to withstand the most rugged environments. All products have a ambient temperature range from -35 C to + 55 C.

A 5 Year guarantee for all products is provided because MHA lighting understand the technology and design products to last.

Check out the MHA lighting website for details of Customer testimonials. http://www.mhalighting.co.uk/

Fresh produce looks better with good quality lighting

I am offering the MHA lighting range for all relevent applications in leisure, retail and healthcare applications. I will visit your site, undertake a free of charge detailed lighting survey and talk with you to establish your needs and see what can be done to save you money.

Product range displayed to best advantage with excellent lighting

Correctly designed and installed lighting can improve product shelf life, increase Customer confidence and drive up spending levels for your business.

We can look at a range of financing options so you can have improved lighting without increasing bottom line spending.

The following tables and photos give further details of the MHA Lighting range. MHA Lighting also offer bespoke design and production services. This is excellent for the retrofit applications as it may be possible to reuse existing enclosures to hold the LED lighting modules.

Please call 07901 380746 or 01782 504503 to discuss your requirements and to arrange a free lighting survey. You can also e-mail me at ecologic@gmx.co.uk.

MHA Lighting Product Range

QuarterLite – External

MHA Lighting’s award-winning QuarterLite combines high quality, uniformly distributed light with energy savings of up to 80%.

The entire range delivers clean, bright light to create the highest levels of illumination whilst slashing energy bills and CO2 emissions.

Our patented QuarterLite technology provides a light output of more than 400 Lumens using just 4 watts and has been designed as a direct replacement for fluorescent tubes and inferior LEDs.

The QuarterLite is the perfect solution for lighting internal and external advertising signs, illuminated company names and large format billboards.

All QuarterLites are supplied with a five year guarantee.

The    benefits:

Efficiency

Typically uses 80% less energy than conventional   back-lit solutions.

Zero Maintenance

Reducing costs and disruption of routine   maintenance – often at height.

Lifespan

A useful lifetime of 60,000 hours.

Light Distribution

Uniformly distributed glare-free light which   achieves LG Standards Lux Levels.

Directionality

Ghost-bands and flicker is eliminated.

Shock resistant

QuarterLites do not break or explode like   traditional fittings.

C Lite – External

MHA Lighting C70

MHA Lighting’s award-winning C Lite combines high quality, uniformly distributed light with energy savings of up to 80%.

MHA Lighting C100

The entire range delivers clean, bright light to create the highest levels of illumination whilst slashing energy bills and CO2 emissions.

MHA Lighting C140

The C Lite is the perfect solution for internal and external applications of heights ranging between 4 and 9 metres. It is a recessed behind a fascia of polycarbonate, acrylic or toughened glass and is easy to clean and maintenance free during its 60,000 hour lifespan. It is available in a range of wattage and sizes depending on the application.

External applications:
Tunnels
Canopies
Roads
Floodlighting

Internal applications:
Manufacturing
Warehouses
Retail sheds
Shopping malls
Concourses.

The light is delivered in 5500 Kelvin, 65CRI for precision working but can be delivered in a variety of colours to suit your requirements. The fittings also include intelligent controls such as ambient sensor or dimmer to further maximise energy savings.

The C Lite is designed using MHA Lighting’s patented LED technology and complies with all British Standards. The range is EU Energy rated A and achieves LG standard LUX levels. It typically replaces 150-400 watts low and high bay fittings

The    benefits:

Efficiency

Can achieve up to 80% energy savings compared to   traditional fittings

Zero Maintenance

Reducing costs and disruption of routine   maintenance

Lifespan

A useful lifetime of 60,000 hours.

Light Distribution

Uniformly distributed glare-free light which   achieves LG Standards Lux Levels

Reliability

C Lites are robust and do not break or explode   like traditional fittings

PSU Specifications

90-277 Volts AC DALI / DMX options available

No Heat

Perfect for air-conditioned environments or open   refrigerators

Specifications:

LED Type

Philips Rebel (ES)

Colour Rendering

65 CRI

Colour Temperature

Other colour temperatures are available upon   request

Product Type

Available with a glass, acrylic or polycarbonate   cover

Warranty

Five to seven years depending upon operating   hours

Housing Type

Surface mounted, chain suspended, recessed or   trunking mounted

Emergency Options

Integrated emergency options available in either   standard battery pack or 110 volts AC

Output Content

450mA

Operating Temperature

-35 to +55C

Variants:

Intelligent controls

Manual dimmers, PIR sensors, Photocells, voltage   optimisation, power conditioning etc.

RodLite – Internal

MHA Rodlite, the clever flourescent replacement

The RodLite GRP provides a direct low-energy LED replacement for fluorescent tubes – with all the benefits of LEDs.

The RodLite GRP’s patented LED technology creates glare-free uniformly distributed light and achieves LG Standards Lux levels – but typically uses 80% less energy. It is ideal for any internal or external application where fluorescent tubes are currently being used and is available with a variety of covers including prismatic diffusers to provide the same aesthetics as a fluorescent fitting.

For external applications such as multi-storey car parks, construction sites and subways the RodLite GRP is vandal-proof and is Ingress Protected. It is suited to heights of 2.4 to 8 meters and typically replaces 4,5,6,7 and 8 foot fluorescent tubes. The RodLite GRP will appeal to those customers who want to replace fluorescent tubes, whilst still achieving the same light output quality as well as the energy savings of LED.

RodLites can be used with power conditioning, voltage optimisation and intelligent controls such as dimmers, ambient settings and PIR sensors. The entire range is designed using MHA Lighting’s patented LED technology and complies with all British Standards. The range is EU Energy rated A and achieves LG standard LUX levels.

The    benefits:

Footnotes

Efficiency

Can achieve up to 80% energy savings compared to   traditional fittings

Zero Maintenance

Reducing costs and disruption of routine   maintenance

Lifespan

A useful lifetime of 60,000 hours

Light Distribution

Uniformly distributed glare-free light

Directionality

Light spillage and light pollution are removed by   using reflectors.

Shock resistant

RodLites are robust and do not break or explode   like traditional fittings

PSU Specifications

90-277 Volts AC DALI / DMX options available

Thermal Management

A heat sink design for reduced heat emissions for   temperature controlled environments.

Specifications:

LED Type

Philips Rebel (ES)

Colour Rendering

80 CRI as standard for internal applications and   65CRI as standard for external applications

Colour Temperature

3500 / 4000 / 4500 for internal applications and   5000 / 5500 for external applications

Product Type

Metallic, Acrylic and Polycarbonate

Warranty

Five to seven years depending upon operating   hours

Housing Type

Surface Mounted, Chain Suspended, Recessed,   Retrofit, Trunking Mounted

Ingress Protection

IP66 available upon request

Emergency Options

Integrated emergency options available in either   standard battery pack or 110 volts AC (to work with a back-up generator   system)

Output Content

450mA

Operating Temperature

-35 to +55C

Variants:

Retrofit design

This uses the existing housing and facia

Complete Unit

Identical to the Retrofit product but is recessed   behind its own cover and uses its own mounting brackets

Intelligent Controls

Manual dimmers, clocks, PIR sensors, Photocells,   voltage optimisation, power conditioning etc

Product   Code

LEDs Fitted

Wattage

Luminous Flux

Lumen Output

[including inefficiencies]

C70   – C100 600mm x 600mm x 135mm

C70

60/120 lumen

82

7200 lumens

6120 lumens

C80

70/120 lumen

95

8400 lumens

7140 lumens

C90

80/120 lumen

107

9600 lumens

7968 lumens

C100

90/120 lumen

123

10800 lumens

8640 lumens

C140   1200mm x 600mm x 135mm

C140

120/120 lumen

164

14400 lumens

11952 lumens

Product   Code

LEDs Fitted

Wattage

Luminous Flux

Lumen Output

[including inefficiencies]

600mm   x 600mm x 75mm

TiLite   20

16/100 lumen

24

1920 lumens

1327 lumens

TiLite   30

24/100 lumen

34

2400 lumens

2017 lumens

 

1200mm   x 600mm x 75mm

Double   TiLite 30

24/100 lumen

62

2400 lumens

2017 lumens

Double   TiLite 60

48/100 lumen

68

4800 lumens

4034 lumens

Product   Code

LEDs Fitted

Wattage

Luminous Flux

Lumen Output

[including inefficiencies]

Rodlite   16

16/120 lumen

23

1920 lumens

1656 lumens

Rodlite   20

20/120 lumen

29

2400 lumens

1999 lumens

Rodlite   GRP 24

24/120 lumen

34

2880 lumens

2448 lumens

Rodlite   GRP 30

30/120 lumen

45

3600 lumens

3139 lumens

Rodlite   40

40/120 lumen

53

4800 lumens

3984 lumens

Rodlite   30

48/120 lumen

62

5760 lumens

4608 lumens

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Energy: Energy Storage in our future


Energy: Energy Storage in our future.

Energy Saved by Insulating Heating and Hot/Cold Water Pipes


The energy saving potential by Insulating Heating and Hot/Cold Water Pipes is often overlooked. This article briefly details the key points and financial benefits.

There are many benefits to insulating heating and hot/cold water supply pipes. The values listed below give details of what can be saved.

Insulating pipework saves money

The data is courtesy of Armacell and based on Manchester UK for temperature figures.

Pipework   Type Optimal   Insulation Poor/No   insulation Potential   Saving
Distribution 6.93% 17.73% 10.8%
Hot   Water 2% 4.5% 2.5%
Heating 4.75% 17.5% 12.75%
Ratio   of Heat Demand 12% 39% 27%

To make sense of these percentages we can assume that a home consumes £1000.00 worth of gas per year for heating/hot water. From the above data it is possible to save up to £270.00 per year by insulating all pipework.

It is expected that most homes can have all distribution pipework insulated for approximately £450.00. The pipe insulation has a minimum life expectancy of 30 years. So if gas prices did NOT increase for 30 years the following savings could be expected £7650.00 after 30 years, or -£180.00 in year 1, +£90.00 in year 2 and £270.00 for every year thereafter.

We can also factor in saving in wear on the boiler and circulating pump. If a boiler has a lifespan of 10 years, reduced use due to efficiencies could extend this to 12 years. This could reasonably save an additional £1500.00 over 30 years. Or put another way, in 40 years you would need to purchase one LESS boiler!

Looking at water quality, we have all experienced tepid water from the cold tap. This is not pleasant and wasteful, if a few litres/pints are drawn off until cold water is flowing. This is wasted heat [money] put into cold water which should not be there.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements or share your experiences of insulating pipework in your property.

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Green Deal Ecologic improving your world without costing the earth.

Full details of the Armacell data: http://www.armaflex.de/www/armacell/ACwwwAttach.nsf/ansFiles/KeyTecHPEnergySaving207EN.pdf/$File/KeyTecHPEnergySaving207EN.pdf

Save Money With Energy Efficient Curtains and Blinds


Up to 80% of heat loss in a property can be through windows and doors. Thermally efficient curtains and blinds can have a huge effect on energy efficiency and temperature levels within your home. You could fit replacement windows or double glazing. However you have to decide what you can afford and what the cost benefit will be.

Thermally efficient curtains and blinds can add 10 – 15% to the cost of your curtains. However these will improve energy efficiency by up to 40%

Thermally efficient curtains contain the following layers

medium to heavy weight interlining.

Cotton/ wool material sandwiched between the front (face) fabric of your curtains and the lining fabric.

Thermal or blackout lining fabric

Thermal lining fabric has a thin, rubberised backing to reduce heat loss.

Blackout lining has an extra acrylic layer to prevent light passing through the fabric.

English Heritage found that heavy curtains reduced the heat loss by 41% (and lowered the u-value from 4.3 to 2.5). Secondary glazing to existing sash windows can cut u-values to 1.7

The following give details of cost savings upgrading from single to double glazing.

[Based on 4p per kWh using gas central heating]

House   Type

Window   area

1 Year saving

5 year saving

10 year   saving

Terrace

12.7m²

£119.62

£635.06

£1,371.27

Semi-detached

16.9m²

£159.17

£845.08

£1,824.76

Detached

23.7m²

£223.22

£1,185.11

£2,558.98

These results have been generated by the Glass and Glazing Federation Energy Saving Calculator.

The link below will enable you to check out the details for your home.

http://www.ggf.org.uk/energy-savings-calculator

This will help you decide if energy savings from installing double glazing will help you pay for the cost of installation.

We can offer advice on fitting and supply of energy efficient curtains and blinds.

Contact us; we are here to help you.

Green Deal Ecologic improving your world without costing the earth

Hard Water Treatment in Your Home


Water softening tablets cost about 23 pence each. That is adding 23 pence to every load in your washing machine. Sadly these treatments do not protect your iron, kettle, hot water immersion heater or central heating boiler.

We can fit a scale inhibitor to your water supply. It is a fit-and-forget addition to your home that offers total protection for 5 years. No maintenance is needed and all water using appliances are protected.

The chemical treatment of your washing machine will cost £40.25 per year, and all other appliances are not protected. We can protect your whole water system for £80.00. After two years you have your money back in savings from buying chemicals. The added benefit of protecting the other appliances must be worth £25.00 to £50.00 per year.

This would make you at least £370.00 better off after 5 years.

Contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a home visit.

Green Deal Ecologic. We are here to help you save money and improve your quality of life.

Water Supply and Use in Your Home


A hot water cylinder can give 30 litres per minute of hot water, if the cold main into the property is only 10 litres per minute, then you will only get 10 litres per minute out to taps.

The simplest way to measure flow rate is to time how long it takes to fill a bucket to known volume. For example, if it takes you 30 seconds to fill a 10 litre bucket, the flow rate is 20 litres per minute.

The local water pressure is set by your water supplier. Legally they only have to guarantee 1 bar pressure and 9 litres/minute flow.

Approximate hot or cold water demand, flow rate litre per second and litres per minute

Outlet

Litres per second

Litres per minute

Capacity [litres]

Cost per instance of use

Based on rate of £0.002458 per litre

Basin [spray]

0.05

3

10

2.5 pence

Basin [standard tap]

0.15

9

10

2.5 pence

Toilet cistern [pre-1993]

0.10

6

25

6 pence

Dual flush cistern [short flush]

0.10

6

2.5

0.6 pence

Dual flush cistern [long flush]

0.10

6

4

1 pence

Shower [100mm rose]

0.30

18

90

22 pence

Bath [tap]

0.30

18

150

37 pence

Using the tables of charges below you can see how much your water bills should be and budget for future use based on current charges.

The following details costs for water and sewerage, extract from United Utilities list of charges

Type of premises Water Sewerage Total
Single person household £105.57 £138.62 £244.19
bungalows £225.11 £232.93 £458.04
Semi-detached houses and bungalows £205.87 £217.75 £423.62
Detached houses and Other household premises £157.78 £179.81 £337.59

Careful users can make much savings by having a water meter fitted. The details listed below will let you compare both methods of payment

Water meter rates

Water

Sewerage

Standing Charge

Price per m³

Standing Charge

Fixed charge

Price per m3

£30

£1.374

£15

£64

£1.084

The average bath takes 150 litres to fill. A cubic meter of water has 1000 litres. From the prices above the average bath has 20 pence worth of water. A five-minute shower uses about 90 litres of water which costs about 12 pence.

Don’t forget to add the cost of what goes down the drain! Bath waste water costs 16 pence to get rid of and 10 pence for a shower.

Now total costs for comparison are Bath = 37 pence = £259.00 per year* 5 minute Shower high flow rate = 22 pence** = £154.00 per year* 5 minute Shower standard flow rate = 12 pence** = £84.00 per year*

* based on 2 instances per day for 350 days per year

**Note the shower flow rate is based on at best 18 litres per minute. Many use about 10 litres per minute. This reduces the shower costs to 12 pence [7 pence for water and 6 pence for waste water to sewer]

Green Deal Ecologic Take control of your water don’t pour money down the drain

Save Gas by Boiler Optimising and Servicing


We will match your boiler output to the size of your home. Many boilers use more gas to heat your home than is actually needed. Following boiler manufacturers guidance, we will match boiler output to your house size. Making your boiler cleaner, greener and saving you money!

Our boiler servicing will involve fully inspecting your boiler both inside and out. Some National Companies do the minimum to meet legal requirements. We are thorough, complete and check every part to ensure your peace of mind and safety. Our boiler servicing can take up to two hours to complete. We guarantee a first class service, our reputation depend on it.

SEDBUK was developed under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme with the co-operation of boiler manufacturers, and provides a basis for fair comparison of the energy performance of different boilers. The following link gives details of boiler efficiency.

http://www.sedbuk.com/

There is also a cost calculator so you can check how much future gas prices will cost you.

We will balance your boiler output to supply heating to all radiators in the most efficient way. With the correct chemical inhibitor treatment, correct pump speed and radiator valve settings it is easily possible to improve boiler efficiency by up to 20%.

Central Heating system improvements and Control Upgrade

The addition of a filter within the central heating circuit can improve boiler efficiency by up to 6% [£60.00 per year for a three bedroom house]. This can also extend the lifespan of the boiler, pump and radiators by five or more years. This could save you an additional £500.00 based on the replacement cost of a new gas boiler, pump or radiators.

Your home will get warmer quicker and the temperature levels will be better matched to the needs of your home. You will be more comfortable and saving money!

A £150.00 spend could save you £800.00 over five years. A much better rate of return than any Bank or Building Society could offer.

We offer a range of radiator valve options that let you control each radiator by timer control. This can save up to 20% of boiler operation, without heat level reductions in the rooms in use during day and night. A £300.00 spend could save you £200.00 per year; making you £700.00 better off after 5 years.

Contact us for further details.

Green Deal Ecologic Making your home warm and safe, without costing the Earth

How Much Does Standby Cost Per Year?


The table below is a sample range of similar electrical products, showing details of power consumption. The plugged in working column is for average consumption. The maximum column gives details of the highest consuming product in the sample range. Many consume 100% to 150% more power than average. With that increase consumption the running costs can double or more. Note as shown in column 1 equipment just plugged in, not switched off at the socket will consume power, even when NOT on standby.

This picture shows a wide range of home electronic appliances that we rely on for many aspects of modern living. Careful use can save energy and money.
Wasting energy costs money, and after use you can’t get a refund.
Picture courtesy of Abt Electronics.

The two tables give details of home computer system power consumption and home music system power consumption.

Home Computer system

Item of equipment

Plugged in but NOT switched OFF at   socket outlet [Watts]

Sleep/standby [Watts]

Plugged in switched ON   charging/working [Watts]

Computer Desktop

2.84

£0.34

21.13

£2.50

73.97

£8.75

Computer Modem DSL

1.37

£0.16

5.37

£0.64

5.37

£0.64

Computer Monitor CRT

0.80

£0.09

12.14

£1.44

65.10

£7.70

Computer Printer [laser]

1.58

£0.19

1.70

£0.20

131.70

£15.57

Computer Scanner

2.48

£0.29

9.60

£1.14

9.60

£1.14

Computer speakers

1.79

£0.21

4.12

£0.49

4.12

£0.49

Total

£1.28

£6.39

£34.28

Home Music system

tem of equipment

Plugged in but NOT switched OFF at   socket outlet [Watts]

Sleep/standby [Watts]

Plugged in switched ON   charging/working [Watts]

Music Amplifier

0.27

£0.03

33.99

£4.02

39.16

£4.63

Music cassette deck

0.54

£0.06

4.53

£0.54

5.72

£0.68

Music CD player

5.04

£0.60

8.62

£1.02

9.91

£1.17

Music Radio

1.12

£0.13

9.48

£1.12

9.92

£1.17

Music Stereo

1.66

£0.20

6.80

£0.80

4.11

£0.49

Television CRT

2.88

£0.34

3.06

£0.36

2.99

£0.35

TV Cable decoder

17.50

£2.07

24.65

£2.92

29.64

£3.51

TV DVD recorder

0.00

£0.00

28.35

£3.35

31.37

£3.71

Total

£3.43

£14.13

£15.71

The interesting difference is that the computer system consumes 80% less power between stand by and switched on.  However the music system consumes only 10% less power between stand by and switched on.

The maximum column gives values for the highest tested item from the product range. These consumption values can be up to 200% more than average; costing up to three times more to run than the energy efficient products.

Check out the links below for more details.

http://www.sust-it.net

http://www.energystar.gov

The full list below gives further details of appliance energy consumption in the home.

Item of equipment

Plugged in but NOT switched OFF at socket outlet [Watts]

Sleep/standby [Watts]

Plugged in switched ON charging or working [Watts]

Computer Desktop

2.84

£0.34

21.13

£2.50

73.97

£8.75

Computer Laptop

8.90

£1.05

15.77

£1.86

44.28

£5.24

Computer Modem DSL

1.37

£0.16

5.37

£0.64

5.37

£0.64

Computer Monitor CRT

0.80

£0.09

12.14

£1.44

65.10

£7.70

Computer Monitor LCD

1.13

£0.13

1.38

£0.16

27.61

£3.27

Computer Printer [inkjet]

1.26

£0.15

1.81

£0.21

4.93

£0.58

Computer Printer [laser]

1.58

£0.19

1.70

£0.20

131.70

£15.57

Computer Scanner

2.48

£0.29

9.60

£1.14

9.60

£1.14

Computer speakers

1.79

£0.21

4.12

£0.49

4.12

£0.49

Fax machine

0.00

£0.00

6.10

£0.72

6.42

£0.76

Game console

1.01

£0.12

23.34

£2.76

26.98

£3.19

Microwave oven

0.00

£0.00

25.79

£3.05

1433.00

£169.47

Music Amplifier

0.27

£0.03

33.99

£4.02

39.16

£4.63

Music cassette deck

0.54

£0.06

4.53

£0.54

5.72

£0.68

Music CD player

5.04

£0.60

8.62

£1.02

9.91

£1.17

Music Radio

1.12

£0.13

9.48

£1.12

9.92

£1.17

Music Stereo

1.66

£0.20

6.80

£0.80

4.11

£0.49

Power tool charger

0.00

£0.00

0.00

£0.00

29.53

£3.49

Telephone caller ID

0.00

£0.00

1.27

£0.15

1.27

£0.15

Telephone cordless

0.98

£0.12

1.90

£0.22

2.81

£0.33

Telephone Fax Machine

0.00

£0.00

6.10

£0.72

6.42

£0.76

Mobile phone charger

0.00

£0.00

0.20

£0.02

3.68

£0.44

Television CRT

2.88

£0.34

3.06

£0.36

2.99

£0.35

TV Cable decoder

17.50

£2.07

24.65

£2.92

29.64

£3.51

TV DVD recorder

0.00

£0.00

28.35

£3.35

31.37

£3.71

Total

£6.29

£30.39

£237.66

Switch off and save.

Wasting energy costs money, and after use you can’t get a refund.

Making the Most of Your Home Lighting


We will check your installed lighting and offer advice on fitting energy-saving lamps. We will compare prices and running costs to offer you options for replacement or upgrade of your home lighting. We want to make your home brighter, without breaking the bank.

There are many new energy-saving lamps available. LED lamps are the latest and most energy-efficient lights available. You can have the same level of brightness at the flick of a switch for up to 90% less than the cost of existing lighting equipment. We will compare costs of installation and running for all available lighting types. You can then choose what best suits your finances and requirements for future use.

We offer a lighting design service and can bring sample light fitting and lamps so you can see how they will look and work in your home.

With the correct matching of low energy lamps to your requirements can cut energy consumption by up to 90%. That turns into a massive saving on your electricity bills. The added bonus is your savings will increase as energy prices raise in the future.

Green Deal Ecologic. Improving your world without costing the earth.

 

Home Utility Usage Explained.


We will look through your last two years utility bills [gas/oil, electricity & water] to check how much energy your property uses and see what can be done to cut your bills. We will compare what was spent in summer and winter to identify trends and see what opportunities there are to save you money.

We will compare your costs against an average for your house size, type and location. This will give an indication of how your home compares to the average and importantly what can be done to save you money.

We aim to save you money without you changing anything you do. However once you know how much your electricity costs every time you switch on a light or boil the kettle. You may choose to change what you do and save even more.

You will be surprised at the savings that can be made by making a few changes to how you use utilities in your home. We have an extensive range of inexpensive equipment that can save you much more than you think.

We want to end fuel poverty for everyone. We cannot improve your income but we can definitely make what you have, go further.

Households are considered to be in ‘fuel poverty’ if they would have to spend more than 10% of their household income on fuel to keep their home in a ‘satisfactory’ condition. Satisfactory is defined as maintaining living areas at 21 degrees centigrade with 18 degrees centigrade in the other occupied rooms.

Gas consumption is generally governed by the size of property.

Number of bedrooms in house

Average gas consumption per year (kWh)

Cost per year [2012]

based on 4p per kWh

Cost per year [2017]

based on 4p per kWh

+ expected 60% increase in retail gas prices

1

10,000

£400.00

£640.00

2

15,000

£600.00

£960.00

3

25,000

£1,000.00

£1,600.00

4

29,000

£1,160.00

£1,856.00

5 or more

Add 2500 kWh per room

£100.00

per room

£160.00

per room

Electric energy consumption is generally governed by the number of occupants and time spent in the property. Average electricity consumption levels are detailed in the table below.

Occupancy

Consumption kWh

2012

[£0.135 p kWh]

Cost per year [2017]

Based on £0.135 p kWh

+ expected 60% increase in retail electricity prices

Single person

3100 kWh

£418.50

£669.60

Working couple

4200 kWh

£567.00

£907.20

Family + 2 children

5500 kWh

£742.50

£1188.00

Each additional person

750 kWh

£101.25

£162.00

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