Home energy efficiency

Free home energy advice to offset price hikes and cold weather

With colder weather forecast and a 5% hike in the energy price cap this month, we're urging residents across the county to take advantage of our free home energy advice service. Our award winning service, Cold to Cosy Homes, provides free advice and energy saving equipment to help Cumbrian householders make their homes warmer, drier, healthier and cheaper to heat. The Cold to Cosy Homes team offers a free telephone advice call from a qualified adviser to all Cumbrian residents, with a home visit offered to a wide range of eligible households. In addition to advice on how to save [...]

By |2024-01-09T13:35:47+00:00January 9th, 2024|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation|

Receive your retrofit scope of works

Clients of CAfS' Home Retrofit Planner can now receive a full scope of works meeting and report as a follow up service. This step follows the energy assessment and report already carried out on several homes in Cumbria. Two clients have already had their scope of works online meetings and will receive their reports soon. They will then move on to the Design step and from there to the choice of suitable contractors and retrofit work on site.  If you already have a Home Retrofit Planner report from CAfS, there is now the option to continue to the next step in [...]

By |2022-07-27T16:13:49+01:00July 26th, 2022|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Advice on smart meters to be provided by our helpline

Our energy advice helpline has begun providing guidance to Cumbrians on smart meters and whether this clever equipment could help them save money on their home energy bills. The Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service already provides free advice to help households to save energy and cut the amount they spend on heating and powering their home. The team has added smart meters to the list of things the helpline covers. They can provide impartial advice for residents who may be struggling to decide on a smart meter or get to grips with the new technology. A smart meter is [...]

By |2022-06-23T14:03:46+01:00June 23rd, 2022|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

What you said about smart meters

Last month, we asked our kind followers to lend us their thoughts on smart meters. The technology is slowly spreading through homes as energy providers determinedly pursue us over the phone to commit to an installation date. Basically, a smart meter measures your energy use in real time and shows it to you on a display unit. The idea is that this will allow you to get more accurate bills and see for yourself where you are spending money on energy. It also, in theory, cuts out the inconvenience of needing to read your meter manually yourself. We wanted [...]

By |2022-05-27T10:56:19+01:00May 27th, 2022|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Series of free online courses on home renovations launched

If you're thinking about renovating your home to make it warmer and reduce your energy bills, snap up a free place on our new series of online courses.   We'll take you through all the main things to consider - from planning your retrofit through to insulation, airtightness and ventilation. There are even sessions all about windows and doors.   You can book onto one course or the whole series - whatever you need. We're able to offer the courses free of charge thanks to funding from the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.   Introduction We kick off with [...]

By |2022-02-09T12:07:15+00:00February 2nd, 2022|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News, Training|

Big Energy Saving Week celebrates our partnership

This week (17 – 23 Jan) is Big Energy Saving Week and  one of our key partnerships is being celebrated for all it does to help residents keep hold of their cash during Winter. Cold to Cosy Homes is our large scale project that offers free independent energy advice and energy saving measures to vulnerable households. It has now offered advice and measures like draughtproofing to hundreds of households throughout the region, saving locals huge amounts of energy and money. Working in partnership with local authorities, this year the project has extended its reach to the entire county. Homelife Carlisle [...]

By |2022-01-18T09:31:31+00:00January 17th, 2022|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Cold to Cosy wins award

A huge congratulations to our Cold to Cosy Homes team who came home with something for the trophy cabinet from the North West Energy Efficiency Awards. They won for their efforts in vulnerable customer support and the whole team is thrilled that their hard work has been recognised in this way. Andrew, Gareth, Tina, Rick, Kim, Jenny, Laura, Laura, Vibeke and Jo have all earned the award through their tireless work in supporting disadvantaged Cumbrians to navigate the complex subject of energy efficiency, managing their usage and bills and making sure homes remain warm over harsh winters. Thanks to [...]

By |2021-11-29T15:41:11+00:00November 29th, 2021|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Ask us about new grants for heat pumps

The newly announced government grant of up to £5000 to help householders replace an old boiler with a heat pump is already generating a lot of interest. And the CAfS team are ready to answer your questions. With a grant of £5000, if you can install an air source heat pump for £7000 then there’s just £2000 to pay, to swap out your old gas boiler and replace it with a heat pump - right? For some households, it could be that easy. But, even in these cases, there are some important differences between an oil or gas boiler and a heat pump. [...]

By |2021-10-28T19:21:51+01:00October 28th, 2021|Home energy efficiency, Homepage, News|

Free retrofit advice consultations now available

As autumn progresses, many of us think about ways to make our homes warmer, more comfortable and cheaper to heat. And this year, we might also be thinking about better levels of controlled ventilation.  If you are wondering whether your home needs more insulation, improved ventilation and windows, or a new heating system, it is good to know you’re making the best use of your money to achieve your specific priorities.  Thanks to funding from Energy Redress, CAfS is able to offer home owners in Cumbria a free telephone consultation to answer your questions about retrofitting your own home.  All you need to do [...]

Cold to Cosy offers lifeline amidst rise in gas prices

Cumbrians will see their gas and electricity bills soar with the recent rises in gas prices. CAfS can help households cut their bills with their free Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service.  Our friendly team of experienced energy saving experts can help householders reduce the amount of gas and electricity they use and keep their homes warm and comfortable.  This service is expected to be in high demand this winter as more and more residents find themselves struggling to cope with higher energy prices.  Gareth Field, who manages the Cold to Cosy Homes Cumbria service, said: ‘Unfortunately, people’s energy bills are going to rise. It’s a result of [...]

By |2021-09-27T10:50:54+01:00September 27th, 2021|Draughtproofing, Home energy efficiency, Homepage, Insulation, News|
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