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Environmentally friendly heating systems and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity at a rapid pace, and it is easy to understand why. As we become more aware of our impact on the environment, and the price of non-renewable energy soars, more and more people are seeking to reduce their energy consumption. Luckily there are a number of ways we can all increase the energy-efficiency of our homes.
Heat rises, and the best way to keep your heat inside your home is by insulating your loft. Heating systems account for a large proportion of your energy consumption, so proper insulation can drastically reduce your heating costs and increase your homes energy efficiency
A great way to increase your homes energy efficiency and reduce the burden on your heating system is to install double glazing. Double glazing is made up of two sheets of glass with a gap between them, typically around 16mm, this acts as insulation and helps to keep the heat from escaping from your home. Triple glazing, as you imagine, has three panes of glass, but it is not always more energy efficient than double glazing. The most effective and eco-friendly glazing is Low Emissivity (Low-E) glass. Low-E glass has a special metal oxide coating, normally on the inside of one of the internal panels, this coating lets both light and heat into your home, but drastically reduces the amount that escapes. Another great way to cut your heating bills.
Drafts are a bigger problem than many of us think, these drafts are effectively escape-routes for heat. Drafts draw in cold air from outside and let hot air out, which, as you can imagine means that your heating system has to work overtime to get your home up to temperature, and more importantly keep it there. Drafts may take time to track down, however they one of the most cost-effective ways to make your house more energy-efficient.
If you have the capital available, solar panels can be a great investment, they may have a large up-front cost, however, over time they will drastically reduce your energy bills, paying for themselves many times over. One of the reasons that solar panels are so popular is that they are both easy to install and maintain.
Believe it or not, the kettle is one of the most energy-thirsty appliances in the house. An eco kettle only boils the water you need and can reduce the amount of energy your kettle uses by up to 20%, saving you both money and energy.
Can underfloor heating systems save you money? A properly installed underfloor heating system can have a huge impact on your energy bills and how green your home can be. You can use an underfloor heating system as an when you need it, this level of control means that you can make sure that you are not heating your home or parts of your home when it is not needed, more importantly though, you can do it with ease. Combine this with the fact that underfloor heating systems use radiant heat as opposed to convection heating, which is a much more efficient way to heat your home. If you take a look on our online underfloor heating store you can buy curated, off the shelf, underfloor heating packs with everything you will need to install your own system.
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