Most homes generate heat from an oil or gas boiler and import their electricity from the national grid. If your boiler is more than 10 years old, it’s probably quite inefficient. Upgrading your boiler to a new, more efficient model could considerably reduce your home heating emissions, not to mention your bills.
To decrease your energy bills and emissions further, you could consider installing a micro-generation system in your home. There are a number to choose from including ground-source heat pumps, biomass boilers, solar thermal or photovoltaic systems and wind turbines.
The best system for you will depend upon a number of factors including your home type and location. In some regions of the UK, grants are available towards the cost of home-generation systems. In 2009 the Government’s low-carbon transition plan outlined the benefits of so-called micro-generation and introduced a new Feed-In Tariff to pay home owners a premium rate for all the renewable electricity they generate and feed back to the grid.
To learn more about renewable generation technology and the grant options available to you, visit the home energy section of Shop with Ice.