Home Energy Survey
Whether you want to tackle spiralling energy costs, are looking to invest in renewable energy or are struggling to keep your home warm and cosy, our Home Energy Survey can help you. The survey takes a comprehensive look at all opportunities for reducing energy costs and carbon emissions whilst improving comfort. We can also focus on particular areas of concern, for example unexplained sources of electricity consumption. Most of our clients combine the Home Energy Survey with the Thermal Imaging Survey to provide an objective assessment of heat loss. And remember, as truly independent consultants we do not sell solutions or accept commission for referrals, so our findings and recommendations are completely impartial.
How does it work?
1. We will book in a convenient time to visit you in your home.
2. When we arrive we’ll sit down and talk with you to capture important information and discover what your problems or objectives are. This ensures that we concentrate on the areas of greatest importance to you.
3. Following this we will carry out a thorough survey of your home to look at how you are using energy. As we talk and walk round we will look at the following aspects relating to your energy use:
- Heating – boiler or other heat source, controls, radiators/underfloor heating
- Hot water – storage, distribution and use
- Insulation – roof/loft, floor, walls, windows and doors
- Draughtproofing, cold air infiltration and ventilation
- Lighting and appliances
- Energy bills
- Opportunities for renewable energy generation and storage
You should allow 1.5-3.5 hours, depending on the size of your home, how involved you want to be in the process, and whether or not thermal imaging is carried out at the same time.
Remote consultations are available as an alternative to the site visit – with the help of information you can provide on our behalf, this can be carried out for a property in any location without incurring travel costs.
What will you receive?
Your home energy report
Usually within 7-14 days you will receive a detailed and personalised report in PDF format – the report is typically 15-20 pages long (and up to 100 pages with thermal imaging), presenting our findings with detailed recommendations for improving energy efficiency and reducing wastage. This comprehensive approach goes way beyond the “cut and paste” style of an Energy Performance Certificate or Green Deal Assessment.
Each recommendation will include an estimate of the cost, indications of the expected savings and the payback time. The recommendations will also be summarised in a table format so that, for example, you can easily see which actions will pay for themselves quickest. And because we do not sell products or receive commission for referrals off the back of our recommendations, you can trust our advice to be the right advice for you.
Where appropriate, we will also look at the possibilities for generating your own energy, and explain the financial incentives increasingly available to help make renewable energy a cost-effective solution.
Finally, the report will highlight the various ways in which you can pay for your improvements, outlining any grants, funding schemes and tax breaks which may be available, depending on your circumstances.
Expert Energy Guides
We spend a considerable amount of time producing and updating our Expert Energy Guides. The guides are a series of detailed PDFs (totalling around 130 pages and updated annually) on particular subjects relating to our most common recommendations, for example upgrading your boiler or installing solar thermal systems. We send the relevant guides to you separately – the aim of these is to provide you with in-depth information on particular aspects of our recommendations without cluttering up the main report.
We realise that there may be questions which occur to you after the survey has taken place, or points you would like to clarify. You have the opportunity to ask any follow-up questions you have relating directly to the report or survey for up to 12 months after the survey.
The following prices are for 1-3 bedroom properties. For each additional bedroom please add £50. For thermal imaging (Nov-Apr only – see below) please add £150. No VAT is chargeable.
West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset: £595
Greater London, Bucks, Oxon, East Sussex, Gloucs, Somerset, Bristol, Beds, Herts: £695
Other counties at our discretion.
Remote consultations: £395 up to 3-bedrooms + £50 for each additional bedroom
We are also happy to negotiate discounts for multiple properties surveyed on the same day in the same locality, and for surveys that omit the written report for those happy to make their own notes.
Thermal imaging add-on
The majority of our clients who contact us during the colder months opt to include an internal and external thermal imaging survey to complement their energy survey – this helps to provide objective evidence of where heat is being lost, and is available for an additional £150. The images recorded will be incorporated within the report that you receive.
If you are interested in reserving a slot for a home energy survey with thermal imaging in the 2021/22 cold season please let us know as soon as possible – as of April 2021 we are already building a waiting list and our lead times can run into months over winter.