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With rising gas and electricity prices and possible savings of up to £322 per year, it’s no wonder that many of us are eager to get our homes fitted with some energy saving measures.

The good news is there is free energy saving help available, covering everything from solar panels to loft insulation.

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Free solar panels from uSwitch and Homesun

uSwitch has teamed up with HomeSun to offer you free solar panels for your home.

At a cost of £10,000 and up, solar panels could seem like a hefty expense. They don’t have to be; uSwitch and HomeSun have joined together to offer free solar power.

Depending on where your home is, we’ll install the solar panels for free, or for a cost of £500 plus £5 per month.

Find out if you are eligible for free solar panels from uSwitch.

Free insulation from British Gas

If you’re a dual fuel customer with British Gas, you could be eligible for free loft or cavity insulation. You’ll have to hurry, though; it’s currently only going to be available for the first 200,000 customers to apply and registration closes on the 31st May 2011.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on the free installation, then, after an independent analysis of your home, you will be eligible for cavity insulation up to 140m2 or loft insulation up to 80m2.

Find out more about free insulation from British Gas

Free insulation from EDF

EDF is offering grant to cover the cost of home insulation to anyone who qualifies for certain benefits, or who is over the age of 70.

This includes your choice of loft or cavity insulation on standard properties with up to four bedrooms.

If you don’t fall into one of these categories, EDF are also providing discount home insulation for its customers.

To find out if you are eligible for the free insulation from EDF, just give them a call on 0800 096 9966

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Last month, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) suggested charging households in the UK according to what time they use their electricity. What would the consequences be if the nation starts going timed?

The CCC was set up under the Climate Change Act in 2008, as an independent committee designed to advise the government on the best ways to tackle climate change and reach carbon emission targets.

In advising the government on how to meet carbon emission targets for 2050, they have advised that electricity in the home should be charged according to the time of day it is being used.

Those with Economy 7 meters already will be familiar with this notion – Economy 7 tariffs already charge a lower rate for electricity used during the night rather than the day.

For those who are able to run their household appliances at night or at specific times, this could be a fantastic way to save money on their energy bills.

However, there is a disparity between households that benefit from such tariffs and those who are simply penalised under them.

For instance, those who are unable to change when their white goods are run in the home, these kinds of tariffs can often turn out to be more expensive.

In addition, those with electric heaters, who can heat enough energy overnight to keep their home warm the next day, will benefit from time-weighted tariffs far more than those with gas boilers, who will not be able to do so.

There is also a question of clarity – a meter that charges at different times of day is likely to produce mass confusion about how much each electricity bill might be or how much households are being charged at different times.

The government has already set out a deadline to fit every home with a ‘smart meter’ – a electrical meter that records electricity usage at frequent intervals, often half-hourly, in order to encourage British homes to minimise the demand for energy.

Essentially, smart meters offer the possibility for both energy companies and users to monitor when their energy use is at its highest consumption, meaning that both customers and companies can accurately identify times of high usage.

It is using this smart meter roll out that the CCC suggests could provide companies with enough information to charge higher rates during high usage times to minimise consumption.

It would also allow electric cars to become a more cost-effective option as they could charge during low peak times thus reducing the amount of petrol run cars on the roads.

The ability to save money by being more energy aware would surely be beneficial to both the future and the pocket of the nation.

However, there must be viable options for busy working families already battling to keep in control of rising costs. Whether this is a negotiation of times or access to timer gadgets, this is one green energy initiative that may be able to work alongside, not against, the economy.

Get free solar panels for your home...yes, really

Get free solar panels for your home...yes, really

A while back, Emma Hughes, editor of Solar Power Portal, wrote a guest post for us on free solar panels.

It was one our most popular posts of the year so far, so we’ve teamed up with HomeSun to offer a free solar power offer.

It can cost from £10,000 upwards to buy and install a solar PV system, but with HomeSun you could get it either for free or for just £500 + £5 per month, depending on where you live.

So if you want to start harnessing the power of the sun, cutting your electricity bills and your carbon footprint, then this could be the deal for you.

Book your free survey today to find out if your home is suitable and you could have your sytem installed in time to beat the worst of those winter energy bills.

To get free solar panels your roof must meet certain criteria:

  • Due south facing
  • The further south and west in the UK the better
  • Unshaded (just 3% shading reduces solar efficiency by 220)
  • More than 30m square of clear roof space

If your home doesn’t match this description, you could still get solar panels for just £500 + £5 per month, if you home meets the following criteria:

  • Southeast to southwest facing
  • The further south and west in the UK the better
  • Unshaded (just 3% of shading can reduce panel efficiency by 220)
  • Around 20m square of clear roof area

(Listed buildings and homes in conservation areas are trickier because of planning regulations.)