5 Green ways to heat your home

With the advancement of green heating technology, homeowners are starting to seriously consider green or renewable ways to heat their homes to reduce their carbon footprint. 

There are actually a number of ways to heat your home while saving some money and doing your bit for the environment. It’s not just the environment that people are concerned with either; energy prices are rising, so it’s no surprise that people are looking for more efficient ways to heat their homes and reduce their costs. If you’re looking for an eco-heating solution, then here are some alternative options available to you:

Ground source heat pumps

Ground source heat pumps, also known as GSHPs, use pipes that are buried underground to extract heat from the ground. This heat is then used to heat radiators, underfloor heaters or any other heating systems as well as the hot water in your home. Because the ground stays at a fairly constant temperature, the heat pump can be used throughout the year, but you might want a back-up heating system in winter, just in case. You can read more about ground source heat pumps here: https://heatpumpcosts.co.uk/ground-source-heat-pump-costs/

Ground source heat pumps have been used since the 1940’s, however, many are considering geothermal energy as a great replacement for the gas boiler as the energy is renewable, less damaging to the environment and can slash energy bills by up to 50%. 

Air source heat pumps

While they are similar to ground source heat pumps in many ways, Air source heat pumps take heat from the air outside and use it indoors. These heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air and release it inside the building, as hot air, hot water-filled radiators, underfloor heating or hot water in your taps. This system can usually do the reverse in the summer and cool the inside of the house. You can read more about air source heat pumps here: https://heatpumpcosts.co.uk/how-much-do-air-source-heat-pumps-cost/

Biomass Boilers

A Biomass boiler is a carbon-neutral alternative to a standard boiler. While it operates in an almost identical user-friendly fashion, a biomass boiler uses organic material instead of gas or oil which means such as wood which means that it is carbon neutral, as the fuel source, has already offset the carbon output of burning it, because trees absorb carbon whilst growing. Biomass releases just a fraction of the CO2 that gas or oil does. Biomass is an environmentally friendly alternative boiler system compared to propane or oil-fueled boilers and the boilers are highly efficient and operate as efficiently as a modern gas boiler. 

Solar panels

Solar panels are an efficient way to generate your own electricity in an eco-friendly and cost-effective way. They produce electricity by converting sunlight into a direct current which passes into an inverter which then converts this DC electricity into usable electricity for your home or commercial building. Solar panels are of course very popular in sunnier climates which has hampered their popularity in the UK, however, they are very effective at cutting your existing energy bill. 

The RHI initiative

With both ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps (or any other renewable source of energy), you can benefit from the governments RHI initiative in which the UK government offers financial incentives to switch to a renewable energy source. The government is trying to reduce the country’s carbon emissions and so you may make a large saving on your tax bill by switching. The start up costs are high, however, you may find that you make your money back as a result of the RHI initiative. 

Not ready to switch to a renewable source? Change your radiators and valves

Sometimes, you don’t even need to switch to another of the above. Today radiators include more energy-saving features than ever before, for example, you can find them with open-window detection and Wi-Fi control which mean that people can streamline their energy usage and their bills at the same time. The good thing about radiators is how easy they are to control. It means that you won’t waste and energy heating a room that you’re not using, you can turn the radiator down if you feel it getting too hot and basically get what you want from them, when you want. They’re also easy to install so you can add more to your home if you need to.

Tidal Energy: All You Need to Know

Tidal Energy: All You Need to Know

Tidal energy is one of the most recent forms of generating sustainable energy and is a way in which power is being generated for thousands of homes in the UK.

Marine currents (or waves) are naturally occurring in our oceans and considering that we live on what is essentially a huge island, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be using tidal energy.

But how is the power generated and how can your home benefit from using this kind of electricity?

We share everything you need to know about tidal power:

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apps for home energy usage

7 Great iPhone Apps to Help You Manage Your Home Energy Usage

Have you always been curious about your home energy usage, but have never been able to work out exactly how much you’re wasting?

Thankfully there are a number of versatile apps available on the iPhone that will provide you with precise and informative readings of all your households’ energy outgoings and will give you the opportunity to save more money than ever before on your energy costs!

Here are some of our favourite iPhone apps for managing usage:

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The Reasons For Having Solar Panels Installed On Your Home

Given the costs associated with installing solar panels as well as the maintenance costs, many homeowners are still dubious as to whether investing in renewable energy is a viable investment in the long term.

Of course, we have heard the numerous reasons as to why people should switch from fossil fuel-based power to green energy, as it helps preserve the remaining natural resources left in the world. However, as homeowners, what are the benefits of using solar panels?

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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

We use electricity almost constantly throughout the day, which is why it is important for us to find renewable sources.

Burning fossil fuels in order to produce electricity is an unsustainable and unproductive method; not to mention the many environmental issues that can be damaging to the entire planet when greenhouse gases are emitted.

Solar panels are a great way to provide a constant, reliable stream of energy – the best thing about them? They’re free after they have been installed (and you can even make money from them!). But what exactly are they?

We share the secret on how solar panels work:

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What You Probably Never Knew about Carbon Reserves – Now You Wish You Didn’t

Households in the UK and elsewhere around the world are being asked by their respective governments to reduce carbon emissions but those same governments continue to back the top 200 companies that hold more carbon reserves than can ever be safely burned. According to a report by the BBC quoting University College London academics, it would be virtually impossible to meet goals in lowering carbon emissions if that oil, coal and gas were burned – EVER!

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Scottish Wind Farm Scandal – Why Are They Getting Paid Not to Produce?

The latest controversy in the energy sector has a great number of English energy customers in and uproar over the amount of money being paid to Scottish wind farms for energy they are not producing. Not only are they getting paid for energy they are not producing but it is widely held that the Scottish government is asking them to withhold producing electricity, knowing that the money is coming directly from English consumers.

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