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Energy confidence

 

  • Are you a school, academy, NHS trust, university, college, nursery or other public body?
  • Do you have a fossil-fuel based heating system that is coming to the end of its useful life?

If so, then you may be eligible to apply for grant funding to reduce your energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.  Eligible costs under the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme include a contribution towards capital works, enabling works, and some consultancy costs.

A typical project might include installing a heat pump in a public sector building, with associated works such as insulation, heating controls, LED lighting and lighting controls, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.  

What I can do to help you

I can help you with:

  • deciding which are the most cost-effective energy saving measures for your public sector building
  • writing your application to the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme
  • choosing suppliers of energy saving measures and suppliers
  • demonstrating the greenhouse gas emissions savings to the funder.

The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is open for applications from 7th April 2021 and is expected to be quickly over-subscribed.  If you would like me to help you with your energy saving project then contact me now for a conversation about what you need from me.

 

 

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About me

Grinning at Moor Street Station

 

I am the West Midlands’ leading expert in:

  • energy saving
  • renewable energy
  • procurement of energy saving products
  • water saving.

My customers include householders, landlords, public bodies, small businesses, charities and coops.

I am independent and impartial.

Phil Beardmore, FRSA AIEMA.

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TESTIMONIALS

Nathalie Rush

Nathalie Rush

Phil is truly an expert in his field. I can understand why most people around the West Midlands choose to go to Phil for energy-saving consultancy. Phil has a thorough understanding of energy conservation and sustainable living. Would highly recommend.  Nathalie Rush, MD, Six Star Insulation.

Claire Spencer

Claire Spencer

His knowledge of community-led sustainability is second to none, and his perspective on local and national issues is invaluable to us. He adds value, and is everything a good consultant should be, and I would recommend him to anyone in our field  Claire Spencer, Sustainable Moseley.

Rosemary Coyne

Rosemary Coyne

It has been hugely inspiring to work with Phil.  While others talk, Phil gets on and does it.  Rosemary Coyne, Coordinator, Sustainable Housing Action Partnership

Ray Walker

Ray Walker

In working with Phil I have been impressed by his level of knowledge and enthusiasm. He has a vast array of contacts and has brought us into contact with other stakeholder in the energy business that would have been much more difficult to achieve without him. I am also struck by his commitment to supporting communities and the most vulnerable client groups.

Ray Walker, Disability Resource Centre

Karen McCarthy

Cllr Karen McCarthy

 

 

 

Phil Beardmore has a long association with Localise West Midlands and is a valued associate on environmental, housing and fuel poverty projects. 

He works with us both as an individual practitioner and leading multi-disciplinary teams on larger projects, delivering high quality results on time and on budget.

 Cllr Karen McCarthy, Localise West Midlands

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Rhoda and Connor were thinking about replacing their existing oil boiler, which was 15 years old.  They were spending more time at home now and wanted to manage their fuel bills in their large 4 bedroomed detached home.  They were interested in air source heat pumps, because they wanted to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.  

Rhoda researched whether a heat pump would work for their home, what to look for in a heat pump, and whether they would be better off.  She attended a webinar put on by Energy Confidence with Phil Beardmore on home energy saving, where she learned that she needed to consider a whole-house approach to energy saving.

Expert advice 

Rhoda and Connor felt that they needed expert advice, so they signed up to an Energy Confidence advice package.  Phil advised them on the suitability of a heat pump with smart heating controls,  understand the quotes they got, to choose the right installer, and used spreadsheets to understand the economics of a heat pump.  

Phil also did a thermal imaging survey to identify where Rhoda and Connor needed to improve insulation for greater efficiency and thermal comfort.  

Leap of faith

Rhoda said, “Overall he gave us the confidence to make this leap of faith – and we have no regrets!! Our house is warm, our water is hot, and we look forward to £££ savings. We’ve also made a big reduction in our carbon footprint!! We have already recommended Phil to our friends.”

Connor is keeping records of how their fuel consumption has changed since the heat pump was installed in December 2020 and the oil boiler and tank were removed.  Watch this space – when the heat pump has been in for 12 months, I will write another blog on their fuel savings and carbon dioxide savings.

Green homes grant

Phil also advised Rhoda and Connor on the Green Homes Grant and the Renewable Heat Incentive.  Rhoda and Connor successfully applied for funding towards the cost of their heat pump.  

 

Are you ready to make your fuel bills steady?

If you’d like to work with me on energy saving in your home or business, please check out my energy saving advice packages.  

 

Energy confidence

 

 

I am excited to announce two new features in my energy advice packages, that will help give you the confidence to make the right decisions on energy saving in your home or business.

  • I’m using a new piece of software that will help you decide whether a heat pump is right for your home or business;
  • And I’m using another new piece of software that will help you decide whether solar power, with or without battery storage, is right for your home or business.

A heat pump can be a very efficient way to heat a home or business, but it’s a big decision to make, because the economics of a heat pump are different to the economics of other investments.  Up to now I have been using a spreadsheet to help my clients understand the economics of a heat pump in their home or business, but with this piece of software it will make it a lot easier to do this.  If you’re at home more nowadays, then you may well be using more heat, and I will help you to understand the impact of this on the economics of a heat pump; including whether to use the Green Homes Grant or the Renewable Heat Incentive to part-fund it.

Solar panels and batteries are coming down in price.  It’s still a big decision to make though, as the economics of solar are quite complicated.  Again I have been using a spreadsheet to help my clients understand if solar is right for them, but this new piece of software will enable me to work out whether solar is right for you, more quickly and accurately.

The best piece of news is that I will NOT be raising the prices of my energy saving packages, so you get the benefit of these new features at no extra cost.  So book now, tell me all about your home or business, and let’s get you energy confident.  

  

 

HOW I CAN HELP

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YOUR HOME

 

  • Green Homes Grant voucher advice
  • Online Energy Confidence coaching  
  • Advice packages with home visit and thermal imaging
  • Tell me about your home and the people who live in it
  • Payment by instalments available for householders

 

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BUSINESS 

 

  • Win new customers by going green
  • Online Energy Confidence coaching 
  • Advice packages with site visit and thermal imaging
  • Tell me about what your business does
  • Payment by instalments for small businesses and non-profits

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It’s great news that the Chancellor has announced grant funding for homeowners to insulate their homes.  Insulation is one of the most important actions you can take to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.  If you’re thinking of upgrading the insulation in your home, here are my top tips for success.

 

  • In most homes, the greatest heat loss is through the walls, followed by the roof.  This means that insulating the walls is the top priority, followed by the roof.  
  • There are now many innovative insulation products available that can prevent heat loss from areas of your home such as solid walls, loft conversions, narrow roof and cellar spaces.  You can even get insulation that is made from natural materials such as cork and hemp.
  • When adding insulation to a home, extra ventilation is usually a good idea, to improve air quality.  This might be ventilation grilles, low-energy extractor fans, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, as well as making sure the insulation materials used are breathable.  
  • Choose an insulation contractor carefully.  Look for companies that are members of schemes such as the Cavity Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency, or the Solid Wall Insulation Guarantee Agency, or who have accreditations such as PAS2030 or Green Deal Approved.  
  • Insulation is best as part of a whole-house approach to energy saving.  My FREE workbook will help you to come up with a simple energy saving action plan for your home.  
  • Get independent advice on what are the most cost-effective energy saving measures for your home.  Sign up to one of my energy saving advice packages for impartial advice that is personalised for your home and your family.  

Top questions to ask an installer of insulation:

  1. Make sure they are going to insulate around the eaves of your loft.  A reputable contractor will do this.  A cowboy won’t bother.  Check that they have done it.
  2. Ask them about insulating the loft hatch, with a loft pillow.  Again, a reputable contractor will do this.  A cowboy won’t bother, and leave your home with heat escaping through the loft hatch.  
  3. Ask them about ventilation.  A reputable contractor will understand that upgrading insulation involves upgrading ventilation too.  A cowboy won’t be interested in the air quality in your home.
  4. Ask them what accreditations they have.

 

Don’t forget that most heat is lost through the walls, then the roof.  If you have a cellar, then underfloor insulation is also a good idea.  Double glazing is an important measure for sound insulation as well as giving some energy saving, but it is less cost-effective as an energy saving measure than wall or roof insulation.  

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Read a case study of Nigel and Marta, who have added insulation and ventilation, as well as other energy saving measures, to their typical post-war Birmingham home.  They have achieved substantial and cost-effective fuel bill savings, as well as reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.  

 

Download my FREE energy and water saving workbook for your home and start your action plan straight away.

 

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My home energy saving advice packages include expert advice on

  • choosing energy saving products and contractors
  • home visit (if you’re within 50 miles of Birmingham) or video coaching (especially valuable if you’re shielding)
  • thermal imaging option

You can pay by subscription if you prefer.

 

 

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