The visit takes an hour or more depending on the size of the property and how much discussion we have.
We look at your energy usage, heating systems, insulation, lighting and energy behaviours (such as leaving on lights in empty rooms!). We can lend you energy saving equipment such as an Owl energy monitor and install reflective radiator foil, insulation materials and low energy lights. We give you a ‘top tips’ report outlining the immediate and long-term changes you can make to reduce your energy use in the future.
We work in homes from October – April as visits are most useful during the colder months when your heating is operating and we can check for cold spots etc.
Schools and community buildings
There is more to check over here and we give you a report of around 10 pages, with the most important findings highlighted. We then work with you to see how our recommendations can be funded and carried out.
Many schools have Automatic Meter Readings (AMRs), which means that your gas and electricity meter readings are recorded centrally every 30 minutes. We can then analyse this usage over a day, a week, a month or a year. Energy is often wasted because the school’s heating is switched on outside normal school hours. This may be explained by some out of school activities but we find cases where the heating is on in the small hours or on Christmas Day! We recently estimated that across 27 schools in the borough of Kingston approximately £73,000 per year was being spent on out of hours usage, which is around £2,500 per school. We have identified ways to reduce this in many schools. If your school does not have AMR, then you should think about this worthwhile investment.
We are happy to consider requests to visit schools and community buildings at any time.