DIY Doctor the popular source of DIY information and advice in the UK, has partnered with renewable energy expert Be Energy Smart, to provide homeowners with a centre for the latest useful green DIY information.
Consumers can easily access well-researched, simple guides on the currently available renewable energy technologies, such as biomass heating, solar power PV, as well as energy efficient fixtures and insulation, to maximise their energy efficiency at home.
When users consult a particular guide in the Green Living section of DIY Doctor’s, they will find out how that technology works, how much a system costs and the amount of funding it can draw from available government schemes like the latest Green Deal.
Everest, one of the UKâ€™s leading home improvement companies, has launched a new business arm, Everest Energy.
The business will initially operate in the Meridian television region across the South of England prior to a national roll-out, and will focus exclusively on selling and installing boilers and central heating systems, solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which generate cheap green electricity from sunlight, and a selection of other energy efficiency products for the home.
Simon Jarman, Everestâ€™s Managing Director, said: â€œEverest has been improving homes for many years with its energy efficient windows and we feel that the time is now right to move into energy generation.
B&Q has re-launched its One Planet Home pages on diy.com, which will display hundreds of products alongside a wealth of hints and tips, interactive tools and links to useful sites, for those wishing to go green at home.
They have also opened the first ever eco shops in B&Qâ€™s flagship stores
in New Malden and Sutton. The eco shops will enable homeowners to get everything they need all in one place, to live a more sustainable home life and save money whilst doing it.
As part of the companyâ€™s bid to help people eco-vate their homes, B&Q is introducing two new roles – Eco Advisors and Eco Experts.
As the recession sees more frustrated would be homeowners turn to self build, they could be the people to lead the way in sustainable building.
For any budding self-builder or renovator, the choice to build and live â€˜greenâ€™ can take up a lot of energy! Deciding which methods are the â€˜greenestâ€™, researching which products will save energy and calculating carbon footprint can be confusing.
However, for anyone committed to a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient way of living, the Big Green Home Show at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre is a great place to learn about building and living â€˜greenâ€™.
As the Governmentâ€™s green agenda urges us all to green up our homes, itâ€™s never been easier at B&Q; its range of sustainable products will help you to ecovate your house and save you money by cutting your household bills.
Have a look at the wide range of eco products available from B&Q with their house plan and make them your port of call for all things green.
Thereâ€™s something for everyone – take a tour of their website and be inspired to make a difference to your life and your home:
Are you interested in picking up the latest in innovative products and services, inspirational design ideas, renovation tips and cost saving solutions for the home?
Then look no further! The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is on at Sandown Park on 27th and 28th June.
The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show features over 150 exhibitors, 36 free seminars and master classes, as well as the unique opportunity to get advice from the Experts, making it a must-visit event.
Did you know you could be making money from the electricity generated by your renewable technology installation?
If you have installed, or are thinking about installing, a renewable technology, which produces electricity, such as a Solar Electricity (PV) system, you may be able to receive payment for the electricity produced.
The most common way to do this, is to sign up to a buy back scheme with an energy supplier. There are two main tariffs available to do this:
The Residential Sola-boost home ventilation system is designed to address the current trend towards tightly sealed, highly insulated homes, which suffer from overheating during summer months.
This ventilation systen combines highly efficient natural ventilation and a solar driven fan to provide true energy free operation, which reduces household energy bills and improves the carbon footprint.
Since warm air naturally rises to accumulate at ceiling level, this system should ideally be positioned above the stairs or landing, to allow warm air to be vented naturally out to atmosphere.
With colder winter nights and mornings now upon us, many people are boosting their home heating to keep warm, which means that their energy bills and carbon footprint will go up!
Easy and cost effective advice is available from B&Q on how to make your home more energy efficient and lower your bills and your impact on the environment this winter.
Why not consider Solar Panels, which can deliver supplementary hot water directly into your existing hot water cylinder, or integrated with your combi boiler system to help cut your fuel bills â€“ saving you money as well as reducing the effects of global warming.
Bernard Rhodes, B&Qâ€™s Category Manager for insulation says: â€œWe aim to make it easier for people to save energy within their homes; we have products available to help them discover how much energy they are using and offer energy saving solutions, to enable them to reduce their consumption and their energy bills.â€
The Next Step â€“ Once you know how much energy you are using, and have done everything you can to reduce your energy wastage and still wish to do more, then you have the option to harness natural energy.
B&Q stocks a range of products, which allow you to exploit natural energy, so that you can create your own energy and reduce your reliance on purchasing energy.