You don’t only get benefits for yourself when you employ solar powering in your own home or your business; the United Kingdom itself will reward you with grants if you continue your good work in saving the environment and reducing the consumption of mainstream energy. Here are a few grants you could receive.
1. Fixed, Premium Rate Payments
People in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme, enables people who install solar PV’s into their houses to receive premium rate payments for the low carbon energy they produce through their own technologies. If they generate surplus energy, they can receive additional payments. This is included in the Feed-in Tariffs that is included in the UK Governments Clean Energy Cash Back scheme.
2. Renewable Heat Premium Payment
This is usually the second phase of the LCBP, which provides solar PV owners a chance to receive additional grant payment for the installation of renewable heating systems on domestic properties, both residential and commercial. An owner could receive a £300 grant for the installation of Solar Water Heating systems, which may then be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive Payments.
3. Renewable Heat Incentive
This pays a cash incentive based on the amount of energy saved by the owners in installing an alternative heating system.
Consumers in the UK have lost confidence in the financial sector following a spate of scandals, not least the on-going payment protection insurance (PPI) saga, which has been called the worst o all time in the industry. Indeed, with many millions of customers having been mis-sold policies it remains to be seen just how the banking industry can restore its reputation after the High Court ordered that all mis sold policies must be repaid.
Mis Sold PPI
The scandal began some years ago when a number of people registered complaints that they had been mis sold PPI policies. On investigation it was found that the regulations surrounding the sale of PPI were being routinely overlooked. Many banks and lenders were found to be selling people policies they did not need, or were not giving people the chance to look for the best value option. Others had sold policies without informing the customer they were paying for them.
After these revelations the rules were rewritten, and the floodgates opened for people to make claims for mis sold payments. Initially the banks were reluctant to pay out, but a recent ruling by the High Court means that the banks are obliged to pay back fees on all mis sold policies, and so far it is thought that as much as £15billion has been set aside by lenders to pay back the funds.
Online Claims and PPI Calculators
Online information about PPI claims has become more readily available as a result, and many people have resorted to using a PPI calculator – a device that takes information on a consumer’s situation and gives an estimate of how much they may be able to claim – in order to get an idea of what they may be due. Resources such as these have led to a growing confidence in the claims procedure. Anyone who has yet to claim but believes they may be able to – that is anyone who has taken out a loan, mortgage or credit card in recent years as well as some hire purchase schemes – is strongly advised to claim straight away, as there is talk of a possible deadline being imposed in the near future.
The office environment is suitable for employee productivity but focusing on such alone could disregard the environment’s sanitation and cleanliness. A green office is a clean office that also includes the following morale and environment-boosting ideas.
The most basic way an office feels pleasant and more clean is when you see indoor plants in the office. Real plants that can survive in low natural sunlight or even no sunlight, such as Aspidistra, Chamaedora Erumpens, Trichilia Emetica, Snake Plant and Parlor Palm, grow effectively inside the office.
Lamps can emit low to increased lighting and in some offices, especially creative-based offices, lamplights can affect the mood of the office. Desk lamps are great for overtimes and late workers; they can turn off the office-wide lights and light the desk instead. It saves energy, the company’s electric bills and allows your employees to see the office in a different light (get it?).
Not all offices are fans of paintings or beautiful photographs, but paintings relative to your office’s work or field, such as business art or social media art if you’re working in social media marketing, could liven up the place. Most paintings are not expensive. Here’s a tip; have your employees do an art contest with a theme you have in mind.
4. Trash Bins All Over
Too much paperwork, too much shredding, too much candy wrapper and coffee sachets. Usually these end up on the desk of your workers. Add more trash bins, if you can, at every corner. Your employees will have no excuse for any trash they leave behind, adding to a cleaner office.
5. Insulated Windows
Almost all office spaces have insulated windows, but always make sure. Insulated windows save you so much in terms of energy bills because all your HVAC systems are running effectively even at a low setting.
In the previous post, the blog showed you how to save oil by using inductive devices to cook and for heat. This time, you’ll know how to save water. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and on Earth hydrogen and oxygen make up water. Earth’s atmosphere is made up of water vapour and without water, there will be no oxygen to breathe. Earth’s waters cannot last forever and the need to conserve and use it properly is important. Here are a few ways that you could save water and prevent water pollution at home.
- Use dishwashing bins to save water when washing plates and dishes after meals.
- Most refrigerators and air conditioning makes use of water. Get one that makes use of air to save on your consumption of water
- Make sure your sprinklers are calibrated properly to avoid water wastage with most of it going to sidewalks or streets.
- Avoid using the washing machine for all your clothes-cleaning needs. Handwashing doesn’t only save you water but also saves cloths that are not designed for machine washing.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean the water from your driveway and patios.
- Whenever possible, don’t use the shower or bathub to clean yourself; buy a bucket and a dipper to wash yourself and you’ll save more than 150 gallons of water.
- Replace old toilets with more water-saving variants. They might be expensive but you could save a lot on your water bills and earth’s water too.
Induction cooktops are not common in most US households but they are very common in most European homes. Speed is the biggest selling point of induction cooktops because it uses electromagnetism to generate heat. The heat is directly generated in the pan. The cooktop triggers the electromagnetic activity inside the pan, which heats up the pan being its starting point, speeding up the heating process of cooking.
Environmentalism and saving on utility bills are the two viewpoints the world and its governments promote today. While electric and gas cooktops could definitely give you good efficiency, an induction cooktop uses less energy because it heats up the pan as its starting point. In most gas and electric cooktops, you’ll need to wait a bit for your equipment to heat up.
Without the need for gas and electric burning, there are lesser risks in using induction cooktops. Gas cooktops need ignition and a grease or gas leak could spark an accident at any time. Induction cooktops do not get too hot because it centres the heat on the pan itself. The likelihood of burning anything is at an all-time low risk.
4. Heat Control
One of the best features of induction cooktops is that users could control the heat effectively and accurately than gas or electric cooktops. Temperature changes are also fast and temperature settings are all accurate.
The NHS Wales increased its risk pool by £15 million recently causing alarm to many patients and UK citizens about the dwindling quality of medical care in the United Kingdom. However, the NHS and personal injury lawyers say that patients do not have anything to fear; but both parties do not agree about why patients have nothing to be concerned about.
The NHS says that it is because of claims management companies and personal injury lawyers that they had to increase the NHS risk pool. Win/lose no fee compensation claims and no win no fee claims have legal representatives take a huge cut from the winning party, which increases the risk pool and also the expense of taxpayers. Meanwhile, patients need not be concerned about the quality of medical care.
However, personal injury lawyers and compensation claim companies say that it is because of the increasing quality of medical technology and longer life expectancy that they could get a £4 million medical accident compensation claim to increase to £10 million including loss of wages and other emotional damages.
Critics and analysts have a different point of view; because of the government cuts in NHS spending and budgets, most medical professionals feel demotivated to continue work that carelessness became common in many NHS and government-owned hospitals. Critics and analysts warn citizens to be vigilant even if both parties commend that the NHS have not lowered their medical standards.
Even if you have multiple witnesses and tangible evidence to prove you were the victim of a car accident or any other type of accident, proving liability can be difficult if challenged. Claims experts, such as AccidentClaimsCo.org, have experience and knowledge in dealing with such matters and should be consulted for the following reasons:
1. Legal Perspective
A legal perspective is not only based on the evidences, premises and the actual accident circumstance. Legal experts can identify past cases they’ve handled that may be similar to your claim, and use these legalities against your offending party, saving you great time and ensuring your evidence are utilized properly.
2. A Limited Time to Make a Claim
After an accident you will need time to recover. Your injuries’ severity may have you confined to more than a few months to years in the hospital. Most claims have a three year deadline. A claims expert can guarantee that you get your compensation as soon as possible as you recover from your injuries.
3. Insurance Companies
Even if you claim directly with your insurance company, they still have an agenda different from you; insurance companies try to cut costs while compensating their clients for troubles. By having an accident claim lawyer, you ensure you get good, independent advice and get the compensation your injuries and damages deserve.
4. Miscellaneous Damages
Miscellaneous damages, such as emotional and psychological damages need to get compensation than just your physical damages. Specialist compensation claims solicitors, can get these for you, along with loss of consortium and lost wages due to your recovery time.
UK financial analysts say that the UK is likely facing £20 billion in total for refunding customers their repayments for mis sold PPI. UK’s four big banks, making the largest contributions to the compensation package, are also the largest mis sellers of the insurance policy.
Taxpayer-backed Lloyds is the leading bank on the list. It make up virtually half of the PPI compensation package contributing £5.3 billion and provides an additional £1 billion. Lloyds is also involved in an Interest rate swap product scandal, which it provides £2 million worth in compensation and was fined by the city regulator £4.3 million for slow PPI claims processing.
Barclays is next on the list with £2.3 billion in compensation provisions. Barclays added £600 million more to the provision in the recent week. The bank is also paying for a fine by local and international regulators regarding Libor, which they rigged for profit.
The immensity of the PPI claims scandal shocked even the city regulator. The banks estimated the refund amounts might only reach £3.2 billion in total, but its continuous rise leaves it to the £13 billion compensation amount. With continuing PPI claims coming in, the compensation amounts can reach up to £20 billion in compensation.
Banks still blame claims management companies and consumers for submitting bogus PPI claims, but the Financial Ombudsman disproves the banks’ statements. The FOS verified that at least seven out of 10 PPI claims are valid PPI claims. Most bank-rejected claims were invalid because of a faulty PPI template letter or because of incoherence.
Window insulation is an easy task to perform but you will need a bit of effort and some tools to do these steps. Insulating windows can be done by yourself, or you could buy a ready-made insulated window and just do the installation process. Here are some tools you’ll need.
- Rubber Glue
- Rubber strips/pads
- Window panes
- Wooden panels
Insulating an already installed window means ensuring that no air spaces in the joints and any part of your window exist. For small holes, you could fill it in with rubber strips and pads. Ensure that there are no spaces in between. For larger holes, rubber pads should do the trick. You could also improve your home insulation by creating a double-glazed window. Have two window panes fitted against the wooden panels that will serve as the frame of your window. Separate the space between the two window panes with rubber tubing or rubber pads. Fasten them together using rubber glue.
You will need some nails for this part. Depending on the style of your window, you might need to remove the old window fittings first, then attach the fitting that comes with your window. Fasten the new fitting with the nails that come with them, ensuring that you’ve cleared out the dust and other unneeded materials in the process. Then slowly attach your window. Ensure that there are no spaces in between the fittings to ensure maximum insulation.
Solar energy is by far the best alternative to having monthly powerline dues because of its power-saving and storage capacities. While solar technology may cost you around one or two cars, the investment returns are great once you achieve energy independence. Along with some tax incentives, here are the other things that solar energy can do for you.
1. Reduced Energy Spending
The first few times you begin using solar energy technology, you will feel the lightened financial burden on your energy spending. Around 60% of most income in the world today goes to electric energy expenditures. Using solar technology, you use electric energy from the main power source less than usual monthly. Most users of solar energy report a 20% reduction upon first using solar technology.
Solar energy panels may seem tedious, but they are actually simple devices to maintain. Here is a short guide to maintaining solar energy panels. You might be surprised at the amount of time you will spend adjusting your solar panels and managing your electricity storage.
You actually help the environment by reducing the coal burning used in the production of conventional electricity. Pollution is always a by-product of energy production. You save the environment and the Earth’s precious fossil fuels by cutting the needed supply of coal for electric provision.
Some states and countries provide tax incentives to people and companies who make use of solar technology for energy production instead of relying on conventional electric currents. You could apply for tax abatements as long as you fulfil the requirements they present. Consult with local officials about these details.