An initiative from HGN to bring together people, information and professional expertise to help with the challenge of making homes (and workplaces) comfortable year-round in the face of high heating bills and the need to cut carbon emissions.
We’re going to be expanding this section but are starting small, with links below to what we reckon are very good sources of information. (Last update February 22nd 2021)
IMPORTANT If you are struggling to keep your home warm and deal with the costs, the advice team at Keep Herefordshire Warm can help – Get help here
Embarking on retrofit:
a whole house approach
Done right, this can make big improvements to comfort levels and can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions by 60-80%. It’s a large financial commitment and can be a disruptive process, but can be done successfully in stages. We strongly recommend that anyone planning a retrofit should start with a Whole House Plan.
Websites with a broad range of information on Building Retrofit
https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/The Simple Energy Advice website has information on easy energy saving, retrofit measures, and heating – plus a guide for people in rented accommodation. Includes information on funding
https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/The Energy Saving Trust has reliable, regularly updated information for householders and businesses. Includes information on funding.
https://www.cse.org.uk The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) are an independent national charity that shares their knowledge and experience to help people change the way they think and act on energy. Head to their resources section for lots of information on a range of topics and in various formats.
https://www.theheatinghub.co.uk The Heating Hub provide expert, impartial advice on heating systems to help you save money and carbon through your heating.
Click here to to get advice on funding and how to start your retrofit project.
find a professional:
Marches based Architects, Energy Assessors, Builders, Equipment installers
‘The inclusion of a company or individual on this website does not represent an endorsement of this business or the quality of its work. We have taken steps to ensure participating businesses are genuine and competent, but as with any transaction it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that the business is able to provide the services being offered. ‘
(We would recommend asking the businesses for local project details that can be used for reference)
Please note this list is at a very early stage and will be added to – further suggestions for inclusion can be sent to us at HGN.
Heat pumps are one of the forms of low carbon heating that are critical to the UK’s transition to net zero. They use electricity – so can be powered by renewables – and are over three times more efficient than gas boilers.