Heating Innovations May Lower Household Energy Expenses

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There has been a growing concern during the last decade about the impact of human activities on the environment.

In order to meet EU carbon emission targets, the UK government recently unveiled its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

An increased global demand for oil has resulted in rising energy costs. The recent economic recession is prompting many homeowners to investigate alternate energy sources in order to reduce these increased costs.    

In order to meet EU carbon emission targets, the UK government recently unveiled its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which it plans to implement in April 2011. According to the RHI proposal, this “scheme should support a range of technologies, including air and ground-source heat pumps (and other geothermal energy), solar thermal, biomass boilers, renewable combined heat and power… at all scales, including households, businesses, offices, public sector buildings and industrial processes in large factories.”

The RHI scheme also aims to provide financial support to homeowners who install the renewable heating sources approved by the scheme. The scheme is a direct response to the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s call that all consumers should be “be able to access free advice as to how they might upgrade the energy efficiency of their home, cut their energy bills… and contribute to the fight against climate change.”

To assist the RHI scheme in achieving its goals, there are a number of practical steps homeowners can take to reduce their household heating costs. The first of these is to ensure that the household boiler has a SEDBUK rating of A or B. This rating indicates that the boiler is optimised for efficient and safe performance.

A boiler is one of the most energy intensive household appliances and requires regular servicing and maintenance so that is operates efficiently. Scheduling an annual boiler service to ensure that your boiler remains in good working order can also help reduce household heating bills.

For additional information on boiler servicing, contact Baxi for expert assistance.

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