Heating your home can be a costly venture, and sometimes it’s not just your pocket that gets stung. The knock on effect when it comes to the environment can be potentially devastating. It may not seem like much when you think about it on an individual level, but nationally the effect is much, much bigger. If we all just thought about the way we use energy in our homes, and did something about it, then we could end up saving both the planet and a sizeable amount of money. Check out the blog below to see how you can keep your heating bills down and your green credentials up.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is check your boiler. Supplying almost all the heat to your house, the more efficient you can make it, the more money you’ll save, and the less damage you’ll do. It’s worth casting your eyes over www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Heating-and-hot-water/Replacing-your-boiler to see the savings replacing your boiler could net you, both financially and environmentally. If it looks as if your boiler needs replacing then you can follow that up with a trip to www.uswitch.com/boilers/guides/boiler-guide to get a great guide to compare and contrast all the different variables. Lastly, head to www.directheatingsupplies.co.uk to pick up your new energy-efficient boiler, though it might be fruitful to visit www.quotatis.co.uk too as they offer a free advice service with no obligation.
It’s no longer older houses that have fires and flues these days, as many modern builds incorporate contemporary fireplace designs as an attractive focal point. Electric fires are incredibly environmentally friendly but can often lack the je ne sais quoi of the real thing or even gas fires. If you’re set on keeping your real fire (and they do possess an inherent romantic quality that is exceedingly hard to part with) then take a look at www.energysavingsecrets.co.uk/can-open-fire-be-green.html to see what you can do to make yourself a little greener. I would also recommend perusing www.marblehill.co.uk/energy-efficient.html, as Marble Hill offer a fantastic range of eco-friendly traditional fires without sacrificing the traditional feel. However, for the truly eco-conscious, visit www.smartfireuk.com. Smartfire specialise smokeless, clean burning fires that burn bio-ethanol. This combines the romanticism of a real fire with ecological and environmental responsibility to produce greener fires without ever compromising on style or aesthetics. Check out the video below for more information.
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Boilers and fires might be the big ideas, but often people can overlook how they can help out and save money with just a few simple tricks. Invest in some draft excluders for your thresholds, as well some thick rubber weather strips to line your doors and windows. You can pick those up at www.stormguard.co.uk, followed by a quick trip to www.greenstamp.co.uk to grab some radiator foil. Radiator foil is the simple but ingenious solution to getting the most out of your radiators, as the highly reflective surface channels all the heat from the back of the radiator into the room, instead of it going to waste by seeping into the wall. For even more tips and tricks, check out www.progressgroup.org.uk/homes/newprogress/save/tips.
Heating doesn’t have to cost the earth, in more ways than one. By utilising advances in modern technology you can make the most of boilers and fires, and once you add a little common sense into the mix too you can really begin to feel the benefits without breaking the bank. Best of all you do your bit for the planet too, so it’s a really a win-win all round!