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Renewable Heating: What are the options for your home?

Renewable energy has become a big topic in recent years. With the cost of fossil fuels reaching an all-time high and the risk of them running out becoming more evident, it’s time to switch to something else. Something better for the environment and your wallet.

Renewable energy for homes is easier to switch to than ever before. Read on to learn about the different types of renewable heat and green energy systems available and the benefits of making the switch.

How much does renewable heating cost?

How much does renewable heating cost?

When considering switching to a renewable heating system, it’s important to look at the overall cost rather than just the initial upfront cost. 

Renewable heating can be quite expensive to install and can be a considerable investment, with some options costing anywhere between £3,000 and £7,000. However, if you look at the long-term plan, you’ll see that you can save a lot more than you paid at first. Besides the cost of the renewable system itself, you'll need to factor in the costs of making your home more energy efficient as well. 

However, thankfully, there are schemes and grants available such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, which can help you save up to £6,000 off the cost of your new system. 

It’s worth doing your research into the best type of renewable heating system for you and your needs.

Benefits of choosing renewable energy for your home

There are plenty of benefits to installing a renewable energy system in your home.

Future-proof your home

The UK Government has ruled that fossil-fuel boilers will be phased out as of 2025, which means that many people will be forced to upgrade their heating systems. By getting in there now, it means you can get ahead of the curve and future-proof your home’s heating system, as well as take advantage of the lower costs due to less demand.

Reduced emissions

Carbon emissions are a big deal, and it’s always good to do your bit for the planet by reducing them where possible. Renewable energy sources release far less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than fossil-fuel systems do. Carbon dioxide is one of the main contributors to global warming, so needs to be reduced to help combat the threat.

Everlasting energy

The nature of renewable energy means that the sources from which it comes are also renewable, readily available, and will last forever. Fossil fuels are a finite resource and are running out however, you can heat your home using the sun, the air, or the ground forever.

Lower energy costs

Because renewable energy is an inexhaustible resource, you’ll find that you’ll become less reliant on finite fossil fuels. This means you’ll have much lower and stable costs rather than the volatile price changes that fossil fuel has seen recently.

Local energy

As fossil fuels are only available in certain areas of the world, many countries import their energy supplies which can also push up prices due to import costs and which are affected by world events. By using renewable sources that are widely available, it will be possible to produce energy locally, contributing to lower prices.

Clean air

With fewer fossil fuels being burned, the air will become cleaner and less polluted, which has been linked to health conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Switching to renewable energy sources could help to improve the health of millions of people worldwide.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps

Heat pumps are a relatively new renewable heating system that uses technology to extract thermal energy from the air or ground (yes, even in cold weather) and turn it into heat that can be used to warm your home. 

They offer a super reliable, low and slow kind of heat that is perfect for keeping your home warm for long periods of time. They can also be used in combination with a hot water tank to store hot water for later use.

Air source heat pumps

Air source heat pumps sit above ground and draw in thermal energy from the air to turn into heat for your home. Even in cold weather, these units can absorb plenty of warmth to keep your home feeling toasty.

Solar water heating

Solar water heating

Solar water heating systems, also known as solar thermal, use heat from the sun to warm up water for your home. The system uses solar panels called collectors, which are fitted onto your roof. The panels collect the heat from the sun and use it to heat up water in a cylinder.

Because the amount of sun varies throughout the year, you’ll probably find that solar water heating isn’t enough to provide you with hot water all the time. Therefore, you’ll still need to rely on a conventional boiler sometimes, although you’ll need it less than before.

Biomass heating systems

Biomass heating systems

Biomass heating is one of the oldest methods of heating homes and water. For centuries, people would build fires to stay warm and heat water for baths. Biomass heating systems today are much more versatile than they once were, burning wood pellets, chips or logs to emit heat. Usually, these are in the form of wood-burning stoves, but biomass boilers are also available to provide you with plenty of hot water.

Combining systems

If you have the means and the time, combining different renewable energy systems can be really beneficial, and the different systems can complement each other. 

For example, solar water heating works well alongside a heat pump because, when used in combination, they can offer really efficient water and space heating, especially during a time when solar energy is less available such as in winter. 

It’s worth doing your research into combining systems as it can be a more expensive route initially, although bound to save you money on bills in the long run. 

Knowing where to begin when making the switch to renewable energy can be daunting, but we hope this guide has helped you understand a little better. Still not convinced that The Underfloor Heating Store is the place to shop for your new renewable energy heating system? Check out all the amazing reviews from our other customers!

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