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Making Cosy Homes: how our Whole House Plan service works

There are several key steps towards the making of a Cosy Home. These steps form an integral part of the home retrofit service we offer here at Cosy Homes Oxfordshire.

From considering smaller measures such as upgrading your heating system to whole house eco-retrofits, our home retrofit service can help you live in a cosier, healthier and more energy-efficient home. Retrofitting your home can enhance it in multiple ways. For Tina and Richard in Headington, for instance, home retrofit helped tackle damp and mould and keep their house a constant temperature, whilst also reducing their energy bills.

Taking on any refurbishment or renovation works, however big or small, can seem daunting. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Cosy Homes Oxfordshire we’ve devised a Whole House Plan service to take the stress out of planning your home retrofit and improving your home comfort. 

What is home retrofit?

Home retrofit is a refurbishment that facilitates home energy efficiency. This is done by decreasing energy demand of your home through the introduction of new energy-efficient measures or the upgrade of existing systems.

It doesn’t always have to be on a whole house scale, home retrofits can also include smaller measures, for instance, the insulation of walls, upgrading of windows and installing renewable heating and electricity generating systems. 

Home retrofit improvements can address issues of damp, mould, poor ventilation, cold walls and roofs- all in all improving the quality of our homes, and lowering energy bills and environmental impact. 

The Whole House Plan- home assessment and energy audit

The Whole House Plan is your very own tailored home energy audit and retrofit recommendations report. Using your Whole House Plan, our trusted team will guide you through the process of retrofitting your home that is quality assured and cost-effective, offering maximum impact with minimal disruption. Ensuring that any work is done at the right time for you and your home.

“The Whole House Plan provided a holistic view of where we could make energy saving improvements. The written report is well structured as it gives a good overview summary and then goes into detail for lots of different options – including information about carbon footprint.  Excellent value for money, and I have already recommended Cosy Homes to several other people!

Dr HEather Comina, Cosy homes client

The first step in the process is to use our free Plan Builder to create a draft home retrofit plan for your home – based on existing energy data, your budget, your priorities, and the types of measures you’re hoping to explore. Submit this plan hrough the Plan Builder to our team, and we’ll be in touch to discuss next steps and book you in for a home energy assessment.

This is when we’ll will send out an energy assessor to visit and assess your property. This will enable us to accurately identify the appropriate measures you can implement, big or small, and compile a report that will form the core of your Whole House Plan. 

Having the Whole House Plan done does not oblige you to proceed with any work immediately. Nor does it mean that all the steps need to be carried out in a single phase, as most Whole House Plans will provide two or three phases of retrofit work – each of which can build on the previous one. Therefore, your Whole House Plan becomes a key reference document for your home to refer to whenever the opportunity for a retrofit arises.

What’s the role of a Retrofit Coordinator?

You’ll be assigned a Retrofit Coordinator once your Whole House Plan retrofit needs are assessed. Our Retrofit Coordinators are handpicked, qualified home retrofit experts who oversee works, making sure they meet your needs. Most importantly they act as the quality assurer for full peace of mind. 

The RetrofitWorks model – a model built on trust

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire follows the RetrofitWorks model offering a trusted solution through our Whole House Plan and service that brings together local service providers and organisations under one seamless programme.

As home retrofit specialists, we have a qualified and vetted team to get you started on your retrofit journey. We set out the technical requirements for the contractors and send you quotes to review before proceeding with any work. We engage the preferred contractor, chosen by you, on your behalf.

Under the guidance of our Retrofit Coordinators, we can help you make an informed decision on the energy-efficient improvements that are best suited to your wants and needs.

A home for all seasons 

So your home has been audited, you’re in contact with one of our trusted suppliers, works are ready to proceed, and you know there will be monitoring for quality assurance once works are complete. The result? A home for all seasons- and a better home for you!

If you want to be warm in your home in winter, yet be cool and comfortable in summer – why not contact us today? We will help you reduce your home energy use and reap benefits for your pocket and the planet. 

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