Winter Home

How to check the energy efficiency of your home for winter

You might think it’s slightly early to think about how to keep warm over the winter months, however now is the best time to start planning! Companies and trades specialising in energy use, ventilation and heat usually get very booked up in the colder months, so ensure your home is prepared for the cold weather…

Home Insulation

How Insulation keeps your property cool in this summers heatwave

Insulation is known for retaining heat and keeping your home warm in the winter, but did you know it is just as effective at keeping your home cool in the summer? Having good insulation ensures that your home is energy efficient and cost effective all year round. What is insulation? Insulation is a lightweight material…

Air Pressure Testing Guide

The ultimate guide to Air Tightness Testing

  Transcript The Ultimate Guide to Air Tightness Testing What is it? Air tightness testing is the recognised method used to measure the total air lost through leaks in the building. How to pass? To pass an air tightness test, a property needs an air permeability rating lower than 10m3/h/m2. Who needs it? All new build…

When is Air Tightness testing required?

If you are building a new domestic property or commercial property of a certain size, it will need to undergo air tightness testing. This assesses the building for ‘air permeability’, checking for air leakage through gaps, holes and other areas. The Government has SAP (Standard Assessment Procedures) in place for air tightness testing, setting standards…

EPC's

Guide on EPCs for Landlords

If you’re a private landlord renting property in the UK, there have been recent changes to the energy efficiency standards for rental properties which you must comply with very soon. If you believe you have to make changes to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards for April 2018, get in touch with Falcon Energy on…

Electric Cars

Renewable Energy Trends for 2018

2017 was an exciting year for renewable energy with reduced prices for solar and wind installation, and China beating its own targets for solar energy and renewables investment. Here, we take a look at the trends for 2018 and look forward to another positive year of growth in the industry: Renewable energy costs will continue…

air pressure testing

Air pressure testing in new homes

New homes are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their build and energy efficiency is a key element of this. Over 25% of the UK carbon dioxide emissions are generated by home energy use* and so the Government is looking for new homes to become zero carbon homes. As a result, Building Regulation changes have made air…

Solar Panels in winter

Do Solar Panels Work in Winter?

​ One question the Falcon Energy team are asked a lot about solar panels is whether they work in the winter or bad weather. We’ve been installing solar panels for a number of years and believe this is an important question to address; it’s the one point that can stop a business or homeowner having…

How renewable is your business?

How renewable is your business?

Technology giant Google announced this month that they are going to be run entirely on renewable energy by the end of 2017. This is a significant environmental milestone and something the company has been working towards for a number of years. In preparation they have been reducing their use of fossil-fuels and have heavily invested…

energy efficiency rating

Minimum EPC Ratings for Landlords from April 2018

From 1st April 2018, any property which is rented out in the private rented sector requires a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Now is the time for landlords to begin updating their properties to adhere to the minimum requirements before the law is enforced. Important dates 1st April…