Old System vs Modern Efficient Systems
Heating your home is one of the biggest expenditures on a household budget. In fact, heating accounts for about 60% of all household energy bills. With this in mind it is important to choose an efficient heating system in order to reduce costs and limit your carbon footprint. New heating systems burn their fuel more efficiently than old, dilapidated models.
Old Heating Systems VS New Heating Systems
- An old gas boiler may be about 60% efficient
- A new gas boiler is about 90% efficient
- A semi-detached house in Britain could save £215 a year when upgrading from a G-Rated boiler to an A-Rated model.
- An A-Rated condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger.
- It recovers more heat and sends cooler gases up the flue.
Electric storage heaters use off-peak electricity to charge up overnight and then release heat during the day. A storage heaters life-span is around 10-15 years. Models that are older than this should be replaced with modern systems. Upgrading from old manual electric storage heaters to modern alternatives can potentially save around £100. Modern storage heaters enjoy automatic controls which improve efficiency.
Modern Slimline Storage Heaters
Can save 15% on running costs compared with older models.
Fan Assisted Storage Heaters
Can save 10% on running costs compared with older models High Heat Retention Storage Heaters Dimplex Quantum storage heaters can save up to 27% on running costs when compared to modern slimline heaters. DMS can install these models in your home.
Ground and Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat pumps extract heat from natural sources and displace it at a higher temperature around the home. Heat pumps use minimal electricity to run making them a low-cost option to run. A well-designed heat pump will only need one unit of electricity in order to delivery three or more units of heat.
Old Heating System vs. Heat Pump Savings
Gas older (non-condensing) save £440 to £660 Electric (old storage heaters) save £790 to £1,425 Oil older (non-condensing) save £130 to £220 LPG older (non-condensing) save £960 to £1,500 Coal saves £590 to £990
Biomass heating systems burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide heat to a single room. They are also used to power central heating and hot water boilers. Biomass heating systems are a great option for households not connected to the gas grid. Biomass fuel is up to 40% cheaper than oil/LPG. A biomass boiler could save you up to £990 a year compared to electric heating.
Renewable Heat Incentive
The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) encourages the uptake of renewable energy by households. Those who install biomass systems and qualify for the incentive receive quarterly payments. Over seven years and households can earn up to £25,000 in funding on top of fuel cost savings. Contact DMS today to discuss your energy efficient options and arrange a no obligation home visit.