Save energy, save our environment
Reducing our carbon footprint is in our mutual interest, and in interests of preserving our environment for future generations.
We are committed to doing what we can to help our Clients reduce their carbon footprint, whether that be through material selection, retro-fitting energy efficient equipment and materials, or by improving the operation of their buildings to reduce energy costs.
Reducing Energy Bills
With energy prices continuing to rise, we are always working to help our Clients to reduce their energy consumption, and hence reduce their energy bills.
Please consider visiting energy comparison websites to see if you are getting the best deal. It may also be worth calling your current provider to see if there are any other discounts or fixed priced deals they can offer.
We have also found that comprehensive, combined deals for Utilities, like those from Utility Warehouse, can save money not only against your energy consumption, but through other utilities too, like home telephone, broadband and mobile telephones.
Reducing Energy Consumption
We have experience and knowledge in helping our Clients to save energy in a number of ways.
Low Cost Ideas
Why not consider changing your old GLS and compact fluorescent lamps for LED alternatives? LED lamps are now coming down in price, and can reduce your energy consumption on your lighting circuits by over 90%.
Insulate your roof space with quilt insulation. Quilt insulation is a cost efficient way of insulating your property. Remember to ventilate the roof space above your insulation to the outside air.
Consider fitting a programme room thermostat to your existing central heating system. A seven day, programmable thermostat, with holiday modes, can help keep your home warm only when you need it to be.
Medium Cost Ideas
Solar photovoltaic panels capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don't need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.
Solar water heating panels use heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater can be used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.
If you live in Coventry, you can sometimes install either of these panels within your property's Permitted Development Rights. Check the Coventry City Council website and their Self Assessment Forms to see if you need Planning Permission.
High Cost Ideas
The Green Deal is an innovative financing mechanism that lets people pay for energy-efficiency improvements through savings on their energy bills. The Green Deal launched in January 2013 and applies to both the domestic and non-domestic sector. It will replace current policies such as the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
The Government has appointed a Green Deal Registration and Oversight Body. Part of their role is to register the organisations that are approved to deliver the Green Deal – Advisors, Providers and Installers. See the Green Deal page on the Energy Saving Trust website for more information.
Get in contact with us if any of the above ideas are of interest. We can help and signpost you accordingly.
For more information, and for other tools that may help you save energy, please visit the Energy Saving Trust website.
I have worked with Vagdia and Holmes in a number of different contexts, including construction best practice events, knowledge transfer programmes and as a Client body. In all respects, I have found them to be delivery orientated, efficient and dedicated to the tasks at hand. I would, and have, recommended this company to a number of colleagues and industry contacts.John Barnham, Head of Sustainable Investment, Orbit Heart Of England (2013)
The services of Vagdia & Holmes, Chartered Architects, in my experience, are professional; they have a very high level of architectural expertise, excellent project management skills, are accommodating and friendly. Dhiran has ... a natural sense and the right approach to communicating and sharing layout design and information. He is hugely motivational and enabling; we received outstanding feedback from our residents and political members when he spoke at a City Council public meeting. Dhiran is one of the best speakers I have heard for helping the community understand complex subjects... I would strongly recommend him and his firm.Major Projects Community Engagement Officer, Coventry City Council, Inderjit Kaur, (2011)