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Sustainable Heating: Warmer Homes, Lower Bills, and a Greener Planet

Apr 22, 2024

It has become widespread knowledge that burning gas to heat our homes is damaging the planet, and it’s even more common knowledge that this method of heating our homes is causing energy bills to soar through the roof. Sustainable heating can pave the way for a warm home with lower bills which will make the planet a greener place to live.

2023 was the hottest year in the history of mankind, with an average planet temperature of 1.4*C. That’s warmer than pre-industrial levels.

As well as this large-scale impact, closer-to-home impacts are starting to take hold impacting households all across the country. Rising energy bills are wreaking havoc, having a serious effect on financial stability, and worsening mental and physical health conditions in the process.

Thankfully, sustainable heating methods exist to alleviate these problems, creating warmer homes, slashing high energy bills, and ultimately creating a greener planet for us all.

How Does Heating Contribute to Climate Change?

Heating is one of the United Kingdom’s main sources of carbon emissions. The fossil fuel gases that conventional methods of heating use, are contributing to climate change, that of which the whole world is feeling the brunt of.

The year 2023 saw countless extreme weather events happen all across the planet, some of them being hard to believe they were happening in reality and not some Hollywood blockbuster film.

  • Storms and cyclones: Notably, Storm Daniel, caused problems in Greece at the start of September and destroyed farmland in the process, farmland that could take 5 years to see a return of fertile land. Cyclone Freddy followed Daniels, created by marine heatwaves, and caused destruction in Southern Africa with disastrous rainfall.
  • Marine heatwaves: Both Daniel and Freddy were caused by marine heatwaves. The oceans have taken a significant blow from global warming and in July 2023, a temperature of over 38*C was recorded off the coast of Florida. Further recordings were gathered off the coasts of the UK and Ireland having infrequent temperatures. This rise in ocean temperatures causes devastation to marine life, ocean health and biochemistry.
  • Extreme temperatures and wildfires: The start of July was the planet’s hottest ever recorded. Many nations including the USA, China, and the continent of Europe saw record-breaking temperatures. These heat rises can kill and a man in Texas, USA died in his home after his air conditioning failed. Wildfires destroyed parts of Canada, spreading the smoke as far as New York, and turning the iconic skyline into an image of post-apocalyptic proportions. Hawaii saw the death of 99 people on the island of Maui as the town of Lahaina was devastated and became the worst wildfire in the United States in a century.

What is the Greenest Way to Heat Your Home in the UK?

For the United Kingdom, we can begin to play our part in reducing the impacts of climate change at the smallest level, by making our homes greener and more sustainable. Gone are the old ways of heating, the conventional methods of burning copious amounts of fossil fuels that are one of the biggest factors in the country’s carbon emissions.

As well as being greener for the earth, the following methods will save you significant amounts of money on your energy bills.

Several various methods can be implemented:

  • Air Source and Ground Source Heat Pumps: These revolutionary devices work in the same way that your everyday fridge does, only it does it in reverse! Rather than turning the interior cool, it extracts heat from the outside air or soil and emits it into the home. They are very efficient, using about 1 unit of electricity for every 3 units of heat produced. There’s good news too, there are government grants available for heat pumps!
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  • Biomass Boilers: Actually classed as a renewable energy source, these boilers burn organic matter to create heat. Materials such as wood chips, logs, and even plants that are all easily replaceable, can be used to burn.

These home sustainable heating methods can be maximised thanks to pairing with other renewable energy methods:

  • Insulation: A vital aspect of green home upgrading, insulation is a surefire way of retaining all of the lovely heat you have generated. Without it you will spend more money heating your house and lose it all quicker than you should be, essentially burning your money. It continues to work in the summer months too, keeping your home nice and cool.
  • Solar: Installing solar, alongside insulation and a green heating source, you have a completely maximised system of green living. By generating electricity from the sun’s power, you could run your heat pump through completely sustainable means.

Summary

It will take a collective effort to reduce the effects of climate change and you can make a start with your home. Making it a greener property to live in will have a huge positive impact on the United Kingdom’s carbon emission output. The more homes that do it will make the goal of net zero by 2050 an easily achievable target.

Introducing a sustainable heating source, along with other green energy prospects, can make your living space warmer, reduce what you are paying for energy bills, and make a change for a greener planet.

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Further Reading

Heat Pump Running Costs: What Could You Save? – Free Heating Scheme

The Cost of Replacing Boilers in the UK – Free Heating Scheme

Will an Air Source Heat Pump Lower My Carbon Footprint? – Free Heating Scheme

What is climate change? – Met Office