Term climate emergency is hardy news to anyone since the UK government has declared a National Climate Emergency earlier in May and the term has barely been out of the news.
With the goal of reducing C02 emissions by 80% by 2050 set by UK government, energy networks have been working towards making gas greener. Thanks to energy innovation networks we are now able to offer biomethane gas, which is a clean and reusable source of energy that comes from fresh organic matter such as dead animal and plant material, manure and organic waste. Natural gas is still a fossil fuel – but it is a great, green alternative that is more efficient than the traditional fuels. In addition to decarbonizing gas, there are other green energy alternatives that will help in reducing CO2 such as solar energy, air and ground source heat pumps, and biomass boilers.
As a company that provides home heating services and energy solutions, at Heat the Home Counties we feel the need to ensure and help the world around us to become more carbon neutral and reduce the use of fossil fuels. With a number of renewable energy systems from biomass boilers to solar PV we are on a mission to seek out the most environmentally friendly energy to help you go green!
So what are the green home heating options available to you?
Starting with the easiest - Insulation. Free cavity wall and loft insulation grants are currently being offered. About 35% of heat escapes homes through the uninsulated walls, doors and roofs. No matter how energy efficient your boiler may be, without good insulation the heat will keep on escaping your home.
A great alternative to a traditional boiler is a Biomass boiler with the benefits of being green, saving you up to 30% on your heating bills. What’s even better is that under the UK government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme you will be provided financial support for seven years as an owner of the renewable heating system. Biomass is a renewable energy source, generated by burning wood, plants and other organic matter, such as manure or household waste. The release of CO2 from biomass is considerably less than fossil fuels, therefore it is considered to be a renewable energy source, given that the trees are being replanted and organic materials being replaced.
Another green heating alternative we have on offer is air source and ground source heat pumps. Ground source heat pumps provide heating by extracting heat from the ground and transferring it into your home. Heat pumps can also be used to supply hot water and home heating, as well as provide cooling and act like an air conditioner in the summer! Heat pumps are regarded as a clean source of heat, since they don’t require fuel and produce zero carbon emission! These use only a small amount of electricity, hence are more energy efficient compared to traditional heating means.
In striving to promote sustainable living we are also offering grants on Solar PV. Solar power is useable energy generated from the sun in the form of electric or thermal energy. The most common way of producing solar energy is with photovoltaic solar panels that convert the sun’s rays into usable electricity. Solar power has been booming in the recent years, with more and more households seeing the benefits of this energy source to the environment. So why not see if you qualify for a Solar PV grant?