How to make your home warmer, cosier and
cheaper to run
Making your home energy efficient is the best way to guarantee it's warm and cosy without your energy bills spiralling up. But where do you start? If you don’t know, then a Home Energy Masterplan will give you the answer. It will also help you work out what will have the most impact, and the best order to do things in.
Home Energy Masterplan
YouGen has partnered with Parity Projects, winner of the prestigious Ashden Award for its work increasing energy efficiency, to offer you its Home Energy Masterplan. Its analysis and report take into account not only your home’s physical details, but also the way it is used, your specific aims and budgets and any wider plans you may have for its renovation.
A Parity Projects surveyor will visit your home to do a detailed survey. They will take a lot of measurements, looking at the heating system, loft, and appliances. They will take photographs and ask questions about your energy use such as how long you spend watching TV, when you have the heating on and at what temperature, which lights are used most and for how long and so on.
Importantly, they want to know what your plans for your home are, what’s driving you to renovate (money saving, carbon, comfort etc) and what your budget is for the renovation. Unlike the green deal, this gives you a report that is totally tailored to your needs.
- A comprehensive site survey and Q&A with you about your home and what you want to achieve
- A thorough report sets out how your home is working (or not) now and identifies all available options for improvement
- Four or five bespoke packages of measures tailored to your needs, ranging from ‘no brainer’ to ‘green halo’
- A follow-up phone consultation with an expert to answer your questions about the report
- A host of extra resources, including a spreadsheet that you can use to update the “payback” calculations once you have quotes from installers.
What does it cost?
Prices start at £250 for a small flat or £290 for a small house of up to seven rooms (not including hallways and WCs). All prices include VAT.
As a guide, a Victorian 3 bedroom terrace will usually be £290 and a 5 bedroom country house around £390. Parity Projects will confirm the price on booking.
In most cases Parity Projects have a Masterplan surveyor near enough for the standard price to include travel, but they may have to make an additional charge for more remote or unusual locations. They will make confirm any travel costs before they start.
How quickly can I get a report?
A survey can usually be arranged within a week, and you’ll get a full report back in around two weeks.
Find out more or book now
If you would like to find out more or book a Home Energy Masterplan, please fill in the form below. Parity Projects will answer your questions or call you with an estimated cost, and some suggested dates for the survey.
Check out Cathy Debenham’s experience of a Home Energy Masterplan in this blog
What is Parity Projects?
It is an award-winning provider of services to households, housing providers and building professionals. Parity Projects’ speciality is energy assessment and advice, including its Home Energy Masterplan. It offers highly bespoke and detailed advice on the best options for improving homes' energy efficiency.
In addition it offers energy assessments for housing managers, retrofit training courses, and a specialist retrofit project management service
What is YouGen’s relationship with Parity Projects?
Parity Projects is an affiliate partner of YouGen. This means that if you mention YouGen or use the form above to book a Home Energy Masterplan we will be paid an introduction fee. This goes towards the running costs of the YouGen website and does not impact on the price you pay.
What’s the difference between Home Energy Masterplan and a green deal assessment?
The Home Energy Masterplan gives much more detailed advice that is tailored to your home and your long term plans for it. For two independent comparisons see Cathy’s blog and Sarah Lonsdale’s article in the Sunday Telegraph.
I’ve already taken some measures, such as loft and cavity wall insulation, are there any benefits for me?
Loft and cavity wall insulation are the first steps to an energy efficient home, but there are many more measures that you can take. However, it’s difficult to know where to start, and what is the best order to do things in. Many people prefer to integrate energy improvements with other work they are doing to their home, for example a new bathroom or kitchen. The Home Energy Masterplan will be tailored to meet your plans and your budget, so you can work out what’s most cost effective, what’s the most effective order to do things in and plan for the long term.