No one likes paying more than they have to on their home energy costs. And with more than half the money spent on fuel bills in a typical household providing heating and hot water, you’ll be looking to make whatever savings you can. But with so many new product and services entering the market that claim to reduce energy consumption, or make your home greener and cleaner, is it the case that innovation is actually making a difference?
As a supplier of gas to off-grid homes, we know that living in the countryside should not mean sacrificing the conveniences of urban life. It is here that we are seeing the latest innovations in boiler technology and emerging renewable energy solutions making a real difference – to your home’s reliability, sustainability – and in your pocket!
The majority of British homes have central heating, comprising a boiler with radiators. It is usually only when this boiler breaks down that you start to consider alternative heating options. But with the priority to get your home back up and running as quickly and for the least amount of money possible, sustainability criteria can be low down the list.
So we believe it’s the job of the professional, whether a local heating installer or a larger company, like Calor to advise you on the best, not necessarily the quickest, like-for-like replacement. Our own engineers for example are trained by the Energy Saving Trust so that we can help advise on the best options for your home.
Fuel costs, boiler efficiency and reliability are all important factors to take in to consideration, but we also find many customers are now asking about renewables, such as our Daikin hybrid system. This combines an air-to-water heat pump with a condensing combi boiler fuelled by LP gas, helping you to generate reliable heating and hot water that won’t cost the earth – with up to 35 per cent savings on your fuel bills.
The other good news is that more than half of properties have older non-condensing boilers and therefore still have significant savings available. Add in the fact that in the past 15 years, our average central heating customer has reduced fuel usage by over 25 per cent (on a weather adjusted basis), in line with a decline in natural gas demand in urban areas, and the future looks positive.
 Source: Energy Saving Trust