• Joanna Nicholson

    Joanna is an energy professional turned writer who has a decade of experience in the energy efficiency and renewables sector. Having worked for the Energy Saving Trust and on a variety of community energy projects since 2001, she now works as a freelance writer and sustainability expert, supporting enterprises, start up companies and low carbon businesses across the UK. She holds a City and Guilds in energy awareness and a the CIEH Professional Trainer’s certificate. Google+

    What is an Energy Performance Certificate?
    An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document which provides a visual statement of your home's energy efficiency. The EPC is designed to give a quick reference as to how much the house is likely to cost to run.
    How Much do Solar Panels Cost?
    With returns from the Feed in Tariff (FiT) on top of energy savings, solar panels are a very attractive investment. But how much money do solar panels cost?
    Get up to £7,600 From the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
    The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) launched on 9th June 2014 and will see householders claiming up to £7,600 for making energy efficient changes to their homes.
    Solar Panel Grants in the UK
    We take a look at the main, nationwide schemes that will provide funding for people to buy and install solar panels on their homes.
    Cavity Wall Insulation - A Brief Guide
    How Much Do You Know About Insulation?
    Air Source Heat Pumps Guide
    Green Deal: Control Your Heating
    Ground Source Heat Pumps
    Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) - FIT in Northern Ireland
    If you live or run a business in Northern Ireland, you might be wondering whether you can get involved in the Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme and what other incentives are available.
    Green Deal: Insulation and Draft Proofing
    Before you start thinking about renewable energy, it is important to make your home as efficient as possible. This means making it as draught proof and as well insulated as you can.
    How to Get The Green Deal: Step by Step
    A step by step guide on how to get the Green Deal and what is involved. Starting with your Green Deal Assessment, it helps to understand the process you'll go through to avail of a Green Deal loan or cashback.
    Introduction to the Green Deal
    Alternate Efficient Technologies to Heat Your Home
    Most homes in the UK have some version of central heating. If you are looking to replace all or part of this system in the near future, it is important to consider all the options to ensure you invest in an efficient heating system both for now and for the future.
    An Introduction to Solar Thermal - Solar Heating
    Solar thermal is a popular choice for many householders. Unlike solar photovoltaics, solar thermal does not produce electricity. The panels are designed to warm water which can be used to supply hot water to the home or even to heat water for swimming pools or small central heating systems.
    How Do Solar Panels Work?
    So we all know we can pop some photovoltaic (PV) panels up on our roof and they will somehow convert the energy from the sun into useable electricity for our homes, but how do solar panels actually work?
    Tips for Choosing a Solar Panel Installer
    When you’ve decided to invest in solar panels, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the best people on the job. Here are some tips to help you choose the best solar installer for your project.
    FIT and the Green Deal for Solar PV installations
    With so much in the press about the Feed in Tariff (FIT) as well as the Green Deal, many are perplexed by exactly what is available, and how these two schemes can work together for their benefit. This overview of the schemes is designed to demystify the relationship between the two. It outlines how the householder can use both FIT and Green Deal to help maximise the benefits they get from their solar installation.
    Introduction to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP)
    As the domestic market awaits the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), many are unaware that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP) offers financial assistance right now for renewable heat technologies.
    See the Wood for the Trees - Biomass Explained
    Biomass is a big buzz word in the low carbon heating market right now. Here we aim to give an overview of what biomass is all about, as well as the typical benefits householders can gain from this technology.
    Introduction to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
    The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) aims to encourage businesses, communities, public bodies and domestic householders to install renewable heat generating technology. The scheme is the first long term financial support programme for renewable heat in the world. We look at the current status of the scheme and how you can benefit from it.
    10 Quick Ways to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
    If the cost of your winter heating bill is making you wince and the thought of your carbon footprint leaves you in dismay, here are 10 quick and easy ways you can make your home more energy efficient, without breaking the bank.
    Is my home suitable for solar?
    Solar energy is fast becoming a popular choice for households looking to invest some cash and cushion themselves from the regular price hikes we all see in our energy bills. The economic viability of solar technology is in a good place but before you rush out and sign up with the first installer who comes along, it is worth doing a bit of a personal check to see if your home is suitable for solar.