Stylish ways to cut energy bills
A home insulation business has teamed up with a nationally-renowned design guru to offer householders a stylish way to cut their energy bills.
Mark Group, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester, has launched Grand Designs Future Living in partnership with TV presenter Kevin McCloud.
The new venture allows homeowners to spruce up their properties while improving their energy efficiency.
Mr McCloud, who hosts the Channel 4 show Grand Designs, said: "Grand Designs Future Living is all about providing a greener future for Britain's homeowners.
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"There are so many simple but effective steps that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of our own homes."
The service comes after energy providers such as British Gas announced price hikes and energy use is set to soar as homeowners heat their homes.
A Mark Group spokesman said: "We have launched this to gauge interest against a background of increasing fuel prices and the Government's Green Deal coming in next year."
The Green Deal will allow householders to secure grant funding to improve energy efficiency in their homes.
"This new service will be offering what you would expect to see on Grand Designs – premium design," said the spokesman.
Mr McCloud said: "By bringing together the Grand Designs brand, with Mark Group's four decades of expertise across a portfolio of energy saving and energy generating measures, I hope we can encourage more and more of Britain's homeowners to build a greener future for themselves."
Grand Designs Future Living will initially offer advice and installation for home insulation measures, heating systems and controls and solar technology. Upgrades to standard energy saving measures will be rolled out later.
Mark Group is a world leader in the energy-saving sector and works with about 7,000 homes, schools and businesses every week. The majority of the company's £125 million-plus turnover comes from homes and its expertise includes wall insulation and solar-powered energy.
The group, founded in 1974, has more than 30 distribution centres worldwide, including sites in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and employs about 2,500 staff. About 600 of these work in Beaumont Leys.