The Most Efficient Ways of Heating Your Home
Following on from last month’s blog where we tried – and failed – to find a definitive answer to “when should you switch on your heating?”, this time we’re tackling another age-old debate… Should you keep your heating on all the time and what are the most efficient ways to heat your home?
According to uSwitch.com, unless you have a super-insulated, totally draught-proof home it’s really not a good idea to keep your heating on 24/7. Watch this short video to see how loft and cavity wall insulation is installed and learn about the potential savings…
To minimise heat loss and avoid energy bills that land with a thud, it’s far more efficient to programme your heating to only come on when you need it.
So there you go. It’s no longer a debate for the ages. You’re welcome.
Moving on then. Let’s take a look at some efficient ways to heat your home – avoiding obvious methods like gas central heating and pure, unadulterated sunshine (alas, summer already feels like a distant memory).
Wood Burning Stoves
Not particularly cheap to buy and install, but anything from 30-75% cheaper to run than other heating methods. You can also fit a biomass boiler to power your central heating and hot water systems. They’re all the rage at the moment, but we’ve yet to install one in a bathroom.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Again, a bit pricey to install, but you could save between £500 and £2,000 a year, plus a healthy kickback from the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Ok, the pump uses electricity, but it’s far less energy than the heat it generates. If you’re planning a new build, get one of these.
A water-fed “wet” system is typically more energy efficient than radiators, according to the Energy Saving Trust. Connect it to a solar water heating system and you should be in line for significant savings. A wet system is more expensive to fit than an electric “dry” system, but both are great space-saving solutions. Perfect for bespoke luxury bathrooms, so right up our street!
The best thing about these heating alternatives is that they’re all renewable and produce low carbon via microgeneration technology. If you want to be 100% zero carbon but still keep warm, you might consider turning everything off and embracing the Joey Tribbiani technique of wearing all of your friend’s clothes!
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