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Green Ways of Heating
Your Home


Today there is a great emphasis on supplying our homes with green and
renewable energy to power our increasing numbers of electrical devices and
equipment. We know all about the various methods of doing this, such as wind
turbines and electric solar panels. However, green methods of keeping our
homes warm are less well known. Let’s take a look at the popular green
options for heating our homes.

Electric Radiators

This state of the art method
of central heating has been gaining large popularity in recent years. These
work very similarly to traditional radiators, in that they are fixed to the
will and heat the air around them. However,
electric radiators
are much cheaper to run, costing just a few pence per hour. They also do not
require pipes, keeping the heat confined to the surface area of the
radiators themselves. Also, if your home is solar or wind powered, this
method of central heating truly makes your home totally self sufficient.

Solar Heating

Solar heating panels are very
similar to solar panels used for generating electricity. These
panels can be installed to generate hot water for your home,
providing hot water for central heating as well as tap water.

If correctly installed, solar
heating panels can account for 40-60% of your hot water. The
remainder is usually made up through traditional gas heating.

solar panel

Of course, this method relies
on the natural resource of the sun. In the winter when there is less
sunlight, solar heating is not as effective, so this method is not as
reliable throughout the year. Of course, the important thing to remember
here is that sunlight is free, and for most of the year there is an
abundance of it!

Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating is gaining
large popularity. This method (which has been used for centuries) utilises
the heat found deep underground. By running pipes deep underground, heat can
be brought up from the earth and into the home. Warm air extracted from the
hot water and a fan blows this into the house. This heat supply is much more
constant than that offered by solar heating throughout the year, and is
readily available for whenever it is needed. This can provide up to an
astonishing 70% of your heating requirements. It is no wonder why this
method is gaining such popularity.

Under Floor Heating

underfloor heatingPerhaps the most popular form
of environmentally friendly heating, under floor heating is a great way of
providing consistent heat to your home.

This method comes in two forms: wet
and dry.

As the name suggests, wet
under floor heating
uses warm water and pipes generate heat within the
floor. Dry under floor heating on the other hand uses electricity and
woven materials to generate and store heat.

By far the cheaper of the two
to run is the wet method, and is 30% more efficient than traditional
radiators. However, the dry method is most suited to renovations or
retrofits where piping cannot be laid into the existing architecture. Read
more about under floor heating here:
Installing Under Floor Heating

You may be thinking that these
methods of heating are expensive to install. Although this is true, it is
important that you consider the money that you could save over the coming
years by purchasing less gas to heat your home. Combined with good home
insulation, these methods can save you as much as 70% on your home heating
bills. It’s time to move your heating methods into the 21st century!

How to save on heating
in your home.