Today, most people know all about the various green ways of generating electricity: wind turbines, solar panels, hydro-electricity. But green heating methods for the home are somewhat less known. Let’s have a look at the various methods of heating your home in an environmentally friendly and economical manner.
This modern, state of the art approach to central heating is highly cost effective. Compared with traditional radiators, electric radiators are much cheaper to run, costing just a few pence per hour. They do not require pipes, keeping the heat confined to the radiators themselves. They also use a lot less electricity than your average storage heater.
If your home is solar or wind powered, this method of central heating truly makes your home totally self sufficient.
Similar to solar panels used for generating electricity, solar heating panels can be installed to generate hot water for the home to be used for central heating as well as tap water. If installed to an optimum standard, this method can account for 40-60% of your hot water, the remainder made up by traditional gas heating.
In the winter when there is less sunlight, solar heating naturally is not as effective, so this method is not as reliable throughout the year. However, the important thing to remember is that the resource that it requires, sunlight, is free.
This method of heating is gaining large popularity. Geothermal heating utilises the heat found deep underground. By running pipes underground, heat can be brought into the home, and hot air extracted to be ventilated into the house. This heat supply is much more constant than solar heating throughout the year and is readily available for whenever it is needed. This method can provide up to 70% of your heating requirements and, like solar heating, can be combined with a traditional gas source. It is no wonder why this method is gaining such popularity.
You may be thinking that these methods of heating are expensive to install. While this is true, it is important to consider the money that you would save over the coming years by purchasing less gas, or even no gas, to heat your home. This methods, combined with good home insulation, can save you as much as 70% on your home heating bills. It’s time to move our heating methods into the 21st century as we gradually say goodbye to our old fossil fuel friends.