The benefits of using Renewable Heating in your property
Written by Ben Hodges, Renewable Heating Consultant
- 80% of domestic energy requirements are for heat and hot water. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs explains why we invest so much money and emotion into our homes. Our desire to be warm and clean uses most of the energy we consume. This means that investing in the right ground or air source heat pump solution to reduce this energy demand is a great long term investment.
- Home energy costs are rising at an average 17% per year. The energy squeeze on household incomes is not going away. Investing in renewable heating as part of your project costs provides a great return on investment. See the stats at these links on Heating oil 18% over 2 years and LPG 50-100% over 2 years that demonstrate the benefits.
- Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The current scheme expires in 2021 for new applications. Do not miss this golden opportunity to enjoy tax free cash for your project. Either to help pay for something you were likely to invest in anyway, or stretch that project budget a little further – more information here.
- Create a better living space. Enjoy the luxury feeling of a stable room temperature at any time of the day or night. No more boilers providing intermittent heating that normally results in you either being too warm or too cold. With the low running costs of a ground source or air source heat pump – keep warm when you want to, not when you can afford to.
- Remove the hassle of storage and supply. Without access to mains gas, there is the space requirement of storage tanks and ensuring you do not run out of fuel to consider. Loose the green hippo or submarine from your garden and you don’t only get an economical benefit, but a visually appealing one too.
Furthermore, everyone has a story of unexpectedly running out of oil or gas, and the horrible feeling that they’ve had needing to pay whatever price given for a new delivery urgently – being held to ransom by suppliers…
- Increase the value of your property. This is a bold claim but there is increasing evidence, as this government research confirmed – “Making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average – and up to 38 per cent in some parts of England”.Further to this “In the South west, improved energy efficiency from band D to B could increase it’s value by over £16,000 and over £8,000 from band G to E”.
- Reducing carbon emissions helps all our futures. This topic is such an emotive issue that this is intentionally last on the list. 40% of UK carbon emissions are generated from heating our homes. Ground and air source heat pumps have been confirmed by government as a key technology in delivering UK carbon reduction policy (hence the RHI – they are buying carbon savings).