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By Lauren Tutton 03 Jun, 2016

We all know that with double glazing, conservatories and sufficient insulation in our homes, we can save on our heating bills as cold weather is kept out and heat is kept in, but where does all the money that we are paying out for energy go to?

We know that the ‘big six’ energy firms are under investigation when it comes to their charges, and that price freezes on gas and electricity are also being looked at in the political arena as both David Cameron and Ed Milliband look to stamp some sort of claim to the ‘hearts and minds’ of energy customers.

But what are we paying, and where does it all go?

According to the BBC, the average annual dual-fuel bill – covering gas and electricity – is about £1,264 per household, (with almost four million households currently in debt to their energy supplier on average £128 according to uSwitch) and is one of the highest bills that a householder has to pay, coming behind mortgages and rents, and the dreaded council tax…and around the same sort of financial area as petrol costs and food bills – but all dependent on energy consumption for the individual household. It is, after all, an average.
It may surprise you to know that what we pay in the UK is actually a lot less than most of the other EU countries, although a lot higher than our American cousins.
Around 67% of a gas bill and 58% of an electricity bill, according to Ofgem, goes on buying the gas and electricity on the wholesale market or directly from suppliers, 16% on distribution charges, transmission 2-4%, VAT 5%, and metering and storage about 1-2%. Then there is the cost of government schemes that aim to save energy, reduce emissions and look at the problems of climate change – these add 6% to a gas bill and 11% to an electricity bill.

This leaves the dreaded ‘P’ word: PROFIT. The media have gone ballistic over the ‘big six’ profits – central to the debate. It may surprise you to read that the latest Ofgem figures state that on an average £1,315 bill the profit is ONLY £65 but this is flexible depending on times of the year and the volatility of the energy market. Sometimes it has been as high as £100.

So now you know where it all goes, and why it costs so much, think about saving it with double glazing or a conservatory amongst other energy-saving ideas like loft insulation.
That’s why we are here.

By Lauren Tutton 03 Jun, 2016

Sitting in your garden shivering a little in the archetypal British summer and looking next door to see your neighbours sitting in their conservatory enjoying it a lot more than you are will certainly get you thinking about whether or not to get a conservatory for yourself.

After all, you know you have the space to get one built, and you know that, by contacting us here at Alexander Windows, you will not have to break the bank to pay for it and that it would be a quality addition to your home in keeping with the house as it stands.

So why not do a little more than think about it?

After all, a conservatory will give you more living space, adding to the amount of room you have downstairs – a bonus especially if you are expecting additions to your family be it children, grandchildren, nephews or nieces. And the cost of a conservatory will generally be a lot cheaper than moving house into somewhere bigger taking into consideration the current rise in house prizes, the cost of stamp duty and the actual cost of moving – not to mention the upheaval to your life and the dread of having to decorate any new house to your own taste!

And what about that feeling that you get when the sun is shining and you step out into your garden? How good do you feel as sunlight cascades on you as you gaze out onto the garden? With a conservatory, the smooth transition from back room to garden is easy and carefree, taking in the amazing ambient light quality that you get in a conservatory. In fact, many conservatory owners have even suggested that a conservatory actually brings the garden into your house as opposed to the other way round!

And finally think about that day that you have just experienced as the neighbours in their garden enjoyed the pitter-patter sound of the raindrops starting with you scrambling to pack away the chairs to get inside, grabbing drinks and newspapers in an undignified dash for the door. A quick peek over the fence saw them enjoying their lunch in relaxing comfort in a warm, comfortable and well-lit environment.

With a conservatory, that could well be you! All year round! 

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And it could be the neighbour on the other side that is casting jealous glances in your direction.

By Lauren Tutton 03 Jun, 2016

Everything you need to know about making your old home energy efficient.

Let’s be honest; old homes are lovely and full of character, but draughty windows, rattling doors and boilers that came out of the Ark can cause financial problems as well as letting Jack Frost in as the cold weather creeps into our lives later in the year. Old cottages and Victorian houses are the worst culprits, and it’s a real challenge to make a house a home without sacrificing that lovely character that drew you to the place when you first saw it.

There are many insulation options, from cavity walls, and loft/floor insulation, but when it comes to helping to heat your home by not losing the heat that’s inside, we can help you with options for both double glazed windows and even beautiful sliding sash windows in white, golden oak and rosewood as well as mock sliding sash windows that push out rather than sliding up and down (in a variety of colours).

The main thing that we feel we do best, besides providing a quality product at an affordable price, is to provide a product that fits in with your house. We appreciate that there is nothing worse than a house that has changes made to it that are detrimental to the character of the property; which is why we have a great range of products and colours when it comes to windows.

By Lauren Tutton 03 Jun, 2016

Roof choice is made for a variety of reasons, architectural requirements, planning restrictions, economic considerations, and more and more people are choosing flat roofs, rather than the sloped ones, for new developments, particularly with the latest technical advances.

Flat roofs are now much more durable that previously, particularly with modern materials, such as EPDM, so they can now be a positive choice for a build, rather than an unsatisfactory compromise. Especially since as the time spent building them is less than that of a tiled roof, they are easy to maintain and can save you both money and energy.

At Alexander Windows, we can offer the option of a Firestone flat roof constructed of heavy-duty EPDM membrane which is incredibly durable. It has been tested in the heat of Arizona and the cold of the Arctic, and the system we use has been installed on hundreds of thousands of homes across the world. The membrane is secured using an incredibly strong adhesive, so there are no naked flames present on site.

In all flat roof construction there are two parts. Where possible, we install Kingspan insulation between the joists, so it will increase the insulation properties of the roof. Keeping heat in means reduced bills. Then, the waterproof EPDM membrane, a PVC-like synthetic rubber coating, properly sealed and subject to a regular check to make sure that any external elements stay where they should – on the outside.

Flat roofs offer the chance to guard against any leaks by use of a single coating with no joins for most domestic installations, and when built correctly any water pooling has not chance to form a leak even in the harshest of weather, though a correct ‘fall’ in the construction will minimise this risk.

Flat roof maintenance is easy – with no cement or lead valleys to crack, the main task is to reduce ponding water, regularly inspect the flashings that adjoin the main building, and remove the build-up of any organic matter. At all times take care when working at height, and unless experienced, use the services of a qualified (and insured!) roofer. The minimum lifespan of our Firestone flatroof system is 30 years. Alexander Windows offer a full 20 year warranty.

If you are planning and extension, new build, or are replacing a worn-out bitumen or felted roof, give as a call on FREEPHONE 0800 954 2500 if you would like to have a chat to one of our advisors about the flat roof option or email us at

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