With electricity bills already skyrocketing and the energy price cap set to rise again in October, some people are wondering if there is anything more that can be done.
One question that seems particularly relevant this week as the temperature rises Should you avoid using solar energy? rising electricity bills – and whether you can get help with the cost of installing it.
Our expert Gemma Godfrey is on hand to provide advice:
Making your home more energy efficient can help save you money in the long run as well as keep your home warm and potentially increase its value.
The government previously offered interest-free loans and grants under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, but it was closed in 2015.
The good news is that the cost of solar panels has fallen dramatically over the last decade (by 88%), they are VAT free and there is a chance to get paid for the energy you don’t use.
Some companies and banks offer low-interest loans to homeowners to help go solar, but check the availability of a repayment plan.
There is also the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which requires major energy suppliers to support the installation of energy-saving measures in the homes of people who receive certain benefits. Eligibility can be assessed online.
Gemma is a business consultant, financial expert and TV presenter, an ambassador for the charity Surviving Economic Abuse and a former adviser to Arnold Schwarzenegger on The Apprentice.