When customers consider installing a new boiler, they have one eye keenly fixed on their heating bill. And no wonder. Over half of what we spend on energy bills is spent on heating the home and, so it makes sense that you want a boiler that is efficient as possible.
But an efficient boiler doesn’t just affect your bank account, it affects your carbon footprint too. Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide – a waste gas from burning fossil fuels – that is released into the air as a result of your activities.
This is just about how you heat your home but the car you drive, the lights that are left on, the appliances you power and so on.
But there is no doubt that a more efficient boiler has a positive impact on the environment. So how will your new boiler benefit the environment?
Gas central heating was commonplace by the 1930s in Britain. The system is simple: a boiler heats water in a closed loop system, continually circulating it throughout the house. To do this, it used energy – mains gas, oil or LPG in most cases. Today, there are boilers that work with alternative energy sources, such as ground source heat and so on.
The problem was, these boilers were primitive and not responsive to changes in temperature. In other words, they pumped out enormous amounts of heat that made the home stuffy and uncomfortable.
This meant doors and windows would be opened, the boiler would be running constantly, and this means not only a high heating bill but an impact on the environment.
Over the decades, the operating efficiency of boilers has been refined and streamlined. They now consume less energy and the energy they do consume, they use more efficiently.
There are also condensing boilers that use the heat in the exhaust gas too, again all in the name of saving money and the planet.
Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) is a 15 to 20-year programme that has lofty ambitions. By 2035, wherever possible, it wants to ensure that as many of its buildings and properties are near carbon zero. This means that as a whole, Scotland will be responsible for decreased greenhouse gases – and this can only be a good thing.
Wales and Northern Ireland, where we supply and install efficient boilers as well as Scotland, have similar targets and this means that not only is it about boilers and heating systems but about insulation too.
For any home with a new boiler, it goes hand-in-hand that insulation needs to be upgraded to current specifications, as well as sealing holes and other outlets for heat to escape. Modern boilers are efficient but only if the property holds on to heat for as long as possible.
Heating your home is no longer about bringing it up to the temperature of the tropics but ‘taking the chill’ off it, leaving your home at a comfortable temperature. This lower operating temperature means that the boiler is efficient, releasing less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
And for you and our planet, this can only be a good thing.
Please contact Making it Easy Boilers to discuss your requirements.
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