A great solution to runaway fuel bills
If the cost of living is getting you down, you could take control of your fuel bills by changing the way you heat your home. Eco heating solutions can have a dramatic impact on the cost of keeping warm. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s no big secret that our energy bills have soared in recent years. In fact, just last year alone, the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers increased their prices up between £75 and £105 for average households on dual fuel standard tariffs, an increase of around 5.3 percent and the fastest rate rise since 2014. It appears that this is will not be the end of it either, with experts predicting further rises through 2018 as wholesale prices continue to soar.
Even if you’re not too worried about the cost, the environmental impact of our traditional heating methods leaves a lot to be desired. Around 42 percent of the 4.7 tonnes of CO2 emitted by a typical home is down to our heating, contributing to climate change and disastrous weather events around the globe. Swapping fossil-fuelled heating for an eco-heating solution can go a long way towards helping the UK reach its target of an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2030.
So what eco heating options are there, and what’s suitable for your home?
Please note that under ECO 3 Guidance 2018, for customers to enjoy the benefits of funding for efficient and effective heating installations they must first ensure that all their property’s insulation systems have been brought up to current standards as set by OFGEM.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government scheme that requires larger energy companies to deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic premises in the UK. The policy for ECO is set by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and it is administered by Ofgem.
What is an air source heat pump?
An air source heat pump (ASHP) is a system which transfers heat from outside to inside a building, or vice versa. Under the principles of vapor compression refrigeration, an ASHP uses a refrigerant system involving a compressor and a condenser to absorb heat at one place and release it at another. They can be used as a space heater or cooler, and are sometimes called “reverse-cycle air conditioners”.