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Supermarkets to offer ‘green makeovers’

M&S and B&Q plan to boost our energy efficiency

Supermarkets will introduce free consultations with ‘energy doctors’ to help homeowners detect and fix poor insulation.

The scheme – expected to launch by autumn 2011 – will include an ‘energy audit’, followed by a list of recommendations on how to prevent heat escaping through poor insulation.

‘Pay as you save’ home improvements

Around half of the heat lost from your home each year leaks out of the walls and the roof. Have a look at our guides on how to buy loft insulation and wall insulation to see what kind of savings better insulation could lead to – as well as how much you should budget to spend.

The energy-saving measures recommended under the scheme will cost homeowners up to £10,000 – but this will only need to be paid back after they start to save on their energy bills.

Grants from energy suppliers and government bodies are also available for energy-saving home improvements.

Smart meters

The ‘pay as you save’ scheme has been announced as part of the government’s ‘green new deal’, which plans to get smart meters into most homes by 2016, introduce energy bills that show the average spend in your area and pay homeowners for electricity fed back to the grid from wind turbines and solar panels.

Although the government plans to pay homeowners for energy fed back to the grid, installation of the technology needed can be pricey. 

If you’re considering your renewable energy options, have a look at our advice guides on how to buy solar panels and install wind turbines, to see how much you could expect to save on your energy bills.

Keeping costs down

There are cheaper ways to make your home more energy efficient. Our eco house guide also provides room-by-room advice on how to make your home energy efficient without spending a small fortune.

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