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Tips and suggestions

There are a number of different microgeneration technologies you could use to make your home more energy efficient. Have a look at the different options in the Employee Incentives section and see how we can help you on your way.

Kill the lights. It’s one of the easiest ways to save energy. When you leave a room, flick off the switch. And try not to turn lights on out of habit when it’s bright enough naturally.

Save up the laundry. If you can, wait until you have a full load before you put a wash on. It’s much more economical. So is using lower temperatures.

Keep in the heat. Insulate your house as well as possible so you’re not losing energy. Even closing the curtains at night will help with this. It’ll also take a big chunk out of your bills.

Switch off. Did you know that the stand-by mode can use up to 50% of the energy an appliance uses when it’s actually on? So switch off TVs and computers when you’re not using them.

Is your water too hot? 60oC is usually fine, so keep your thermostat around that level if you can.

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At home

You’ve seen our small steps page with its advice on how small changes on a day-to-day basis can create a huge impact in the longer term.

You could also make some much bigger changes around the home by using renewable energy technologies to generate power. We’re making this a whole lot more financially viable for our employees by giving you grants and loans for microgeneration in the home. We’ll also give you all the advice you need to get started.

How we'll help

If you use renewable technology in your home you could qualify for a grant from Infinis. Plus there are potentially Feed-in Tariff (FIT) payments from your energy supplier.

From Infinis, you can apply for a green loan of up to £5,000 if you want to install any of the microgeneration technologies, and £1,500* of that will be yours for free. (You pay the rest back over two years.)

To be eligible, you simply have to install any domestic renewable technology that qualifies for either the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) or Renewable Heat Incentive payments.

We also have a ‘boiler scrappage scheme’. So if you replace an old, inefficient boiler (typically with an efficiency rating of G or equivalent) with a new, modern A-rated one, you can apply for a green loan of up to £2,500 (and £400* of that will be yours for free).

Have a look at this house to see how you could create your own green home and make the most of our grants.

  • Photovoltaic panel - All those electrical appliances you use could actually be powered by the sun, saving huge amounts of energy (and money).
  • Micro wind turbine - For those of you living by the coast, up in the hills or out in the sticks, a mini or micro wind turbine could be an excellent way of adding to your main electricity supply in a totally environmental way.
  • Solar thermal - Uses the sun's energy to hopefully provide over half of the hot water requirements for you household over a year.
  • Pellet stoves and boilers - These wood-fuelled heating systems can be used to heat a single room of an entire home. Using pellets instead of fossil fuels will typically reduce net emissions by 90%.
  • Ground source heat pump - Absorbs heat from the ground and transfers it to the central heating system in your home.

* or 50% of the project cost, if your installation costs less than £3,000 (or less than £800 for a boiler).