The topic of renewables in the home has been given much attention in the media recently – sadly not all of it positive and in some cases also misleading. However, the facts speak for themselves; renewable technologies are currently enjoying a boom with more homeowners and businesses switching onto the benefits they offer.
With the recent round of energy price rises and the winter months just beginning, controlling energy bills and becoming more efficient is essential. Installing renewable technologies gives people the opportunity to take some control of the energy that they use, while offsetting the cost of generation at the same time.
Check the installer is genuine and qualified. Check for MCS accreditation; if your installer is not accredited you will not be eligible to claim the Feed-In Tariff or Renewable Heat Incentive payments. Also anyone carrying out electrical work should be registered with a government-approved scheme such as NICEIC.
Get references. Be sure to check their background. If possible source the service locally so you can check local installations. Alternatively, ask for a list of references for you to speak to.
Watch out for pressure selling. All MCS accredited installers have signed a code of conduct against this.
Think beyond the installation. Choosing a company with experience and stability is vital to safeguard your guarantee and aftercare. The company should be able to provide explanations of how they have calculated the costs and benefits of the equipment.
**Devil’s in the detail. **Be sure to thoroughly check exactly what the guarantee and aftercare entails and whether service is included. Some companies include the removal and disposal of your current equipment. A Total Generation Meter is needed to claim incentive payments, so ask if this is included in the price.
Think best value. Be sure to compare installers by getting quotes from at least three different companies. But remember that the cheapest option isn’t always the most appropriate and if the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.
This guest article was provided by Puragen
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