Rising gas and electricity bills are pushing more East Yorkshire people to switch to renewable energy than at any other time during the past year.
And it’s not just homeowners who are feeling the pinch. According to Graham Dodds, managing director of renewable energy specialist, Dodds Limited, based at Bainton, near Driffield, farmers and commercial property owners are also moving over at a faster rate.
“With the average household gas and electricity bill now approaching £1,500 a year, this is becoming a real problem for lots of people and for farmers with large stock sheds to keep warm the figures can be enormous.
“We are also being told to expect a severe winter, putting even more pressure on household, agricultural and commercial budgets”.
To help people make the right decision on their energy supply and cost, Dodds Limited has set up a special help line at their Bainton headquarters (01377 272777).
Graham added: “As one of the leading providers of renewable energy installations, we know this is not the quick fix solution for everyone. Yes, renewable energy is generally cheaper and yes, it can produce an income stream for farmers and commercial property owners, but it is important to undertake proper research on the property before making a commitment.
“We have put in place an experienced team of surveyors to make sure every property is fit for the changeover and we are probably spending as much time helping the client to make the right decision that on the actual installation. At the same time, the capital cost of solar PV has fallen considerably so a typical installation is much more affordable than it was five years ago.
“Also, next Spring, the Government will be introducing the new Renewable Heat Incentive which will offer incentive payments to participants in the scheme who use renewable energy, for example solar PV and domestic biomass boilers, to heat their property”.
Dodds are planning a series of seminars in 2014 aimed at homeowners, farmers, accountants and other professional associates.
Graham said: “Our plans for 2014 are to continue to grow the business in our home region of East Yorkshire and to increase our presence in all other parts of the region. We are also looking to establish working partnerships with other like-minded companies, for example engineering firms, property investment specialists and commercial developers who are all facing an increasing demand to guarantee long-term energy cost-savings”.