Top 18 Energy Saving Benefits of Using a New Gas Boiler
Energy is something that we in the modern, advanced world cannot live without. Many of us would struggle to adapt without a source of energy. We rely on it for many things. When we are needing to store perishables, we keep them in an electric fridge. When we need to see in the dark, we turn on an electric lamp. When we are cold, we rely on our propertys heating system to keep us warm, comfortable, and free of the risk of cold-related illness. In the UK, our mild yet changeable climate forces us to rely on our gas boilers to keep heat flowing through our pipes and radiators. As the climate begins to get more extreme, it is more important than ever for us to be prepared for the worst that could come from storms and cold snaps. At DMS Installers Glasgow, we are committed to ensuring that each of our customers has the best information available about saving money on their energy bills. The following is our guide to making the most of your gas boiler, energy usage in the UK, and the top 20 benefits you could have by investing in a new gas boiler for your property.
Gas Combi Boilers What Has Changed?
So you may be wondering just what a gas boiler today is like. You may even be unsure what the term combi boiler actually means. We always have questions relating to gas boilers, and we have compiled the following short list to ensure that you fully understand just what our gas boilers can do for you. Currently, gas boilers are more efficient than ever before. It has been noted that our modern gas boilers are up to 90% more efficient than their predecessors. This is not surprising given the amount of research that is done on an annual basis to ensure our methods of home heating are becoming more streamlined for the saving of our money and global calls for carbon output reductions.
New Gas Condensing Boilers Glasgow Improvements
Old gas boilers have remained somewhat unreliable when it comes to energy consumption and savings. Take a look at the kinds of boilers that our registered gas boiler installers Glasgow can fit in your home today. Gas combi boilers are at the top of our customers favourites, and it is not hard to understand why that may be. Before you consider your new boiler, think about the requirements you have of your property and the occupants living within. It is not wise to consider a boiler that may not substantially offer you the heating and/or hot water that you are requiring. Especially when it comes to hot water, you must consider how many people live in the property, how many taps/showers there are, and how much space there is for your new boiler within the property. Each one of these factors can have a rather significant effect on which gas boiler you will be required to use.
· The Combi Boiler Difference
What is a combi (combination) boiler? Well, a combi boiler Glasgow is a boiler that has its primary functions as being the heating of your home and water. What makes a combi boiler the most popular boiler choice in the UK are the following great benefits:
- Smaller size means it is better for smaller homes and flats.
- Less energy wasted as water is only heated when the tap or shower are turned on.
- Mains water supply power means your taps and shower will not suffer from a weaker water supply and as such the boiler does not require an additional pump to increase flow.
- No cold water tank or hot water cylinder required for further saving of space and easier management.
- Installation times are far less than other boilers due to less complicated boiler parts in their designs.
Looking for an energy saving gas boiler will lead you directly to a combination boiler most of the time, as their operation by only heating what you require is far better for you and the environment, wasting less consumable energy and allowing you to have the full benefit of nice, warm water by request every day. Be careful, however, not to have too many taps on at once. This can limit the flow of hot water arriving to each location in your home from the boiler itself. Otherwise, you are free to enjoy as much hot water as you decide you need; when and where, and only when you want it to heat the water.
· Condensing Gas Boilers
A condensing gas boiler is usually not a different type of boiler all by itself. The term is used when describing the functions of the boiler in question. Due to energy saving regulations and awareness of reducing carbon footprints, most modern boilers will feature condensing in their systems. Yet just what does condensing inside the boiler mean?
We can see clearly above the system in place that the majority of condensing boilers use for the condensing process. A non-condensing boiler will waste the waste gas completely, allowing it to escape through the flue. However, in a condensing boiler, the waste gas remains trapped inside. The gas itself is in the form of a heated water vapour, and when the condenser has used up the heat from it, it forms droplets of condensation, escaping as steam and water out of the system. The waste gas helps to pre-heat the water coming back into the boiler from the radiators and pipes, meaning that less time is taken wasting energy on re-heating extremely cold water. Pre-warmed water needs far less energy to be able to heat up to the temperature required, and as such, your energy usage should naturally decrease. Be careful when purchasing your boiler. Even a condensing boiler can have differences in the makes and models depending upon when it was made. Choose the boiler that maximises your efficiency. Also be sure to check what kind of boiler you currently have in your home. A brand new boiler, as shown below, that doesnt have condensing properties can cost you more across the span of the year.
Source: West Norfolk Council
When considering your EPC Glasgow (Energy Performance Rating) you may often have to consider the efficiency of the properties within your home. That is to say that the seasonal efficiency statistics are extremely important. Moving from a Band D average efficiency rating to a band A can have a drastically positive effect on potential home buyers or renters who are looking to see that your property is worth investing in. Examining the annual fuel costs, too, we can see that significant savings can be made when looking for a new way to save money on our energy bills. Even small savings can add up across the year, so it should always be recommended for property owners to invest in solutions that will give them a new source of money saving and energy retention.
· LPG Boilers
Liquid petroleum gas boilers have a class all of their own. Some old gas boilers can possibly be converted to an LPG boiler, however we recommend for energy efficiency that any boiler maintenance or changing should be to a more modern unit to ensure maximum efficiency for your home and less energy waste. LPG itself is an efficient fuel that can give the homeowner a lot of heat out of its burning than some other heating fuels. LPG boilers are also able to be converted into condensing boilers if they havent already, which is even better for those looking for a great solution to their energy wastage problems.
· Heat-Only Boilers
In comparison to combi boilers, there are also heat-only boilers. These boilers do not have the same space-saving properties as combi boilers due to the fact that they have to make use of a water tank. The heat-only system involves a boiler heating water that is then stored in a hot water cylinder to be used around the home. This can be a great for larger properties that house more people so that hot water can be accessed at the same temperature at the same time from multiple taps. There is a downside however, and that comes from the storage of the hot water. When all the hot water is used, there is no more left and cold water will need to be warmed up before any hot water can be accessed. With a combi boiler this problem is eliminated.
Energy Use Around the UK
There is no doubt that there has been a focus over the last decade or so on global warming and our impact on the environment. This is often shown to be of major importance when assessing the amount of energy that we consume year on year. Electricity and heating are our two most consuming energy sources, and we are using natural resources at an alarming rate as the majority are very much non-renewable.
The above graph depicts just how much of our non-renewable resources we have been consuming as a nation. It can only be imagined just how many more are being consumed on a global scale as the UK starts to attempt to cut back on non-renewables. Unfortunately, we are still very reliant on these non-renewable resources for the most efficient sources of energy we have available at the moment, and are still decades away from meeting most realistic renewable targets. However, we can see that reliance on coal as stocks deplete has started to show, while natural gases have begun to be used far more readily alongside nuclear. There is a very small rise towards the end of the graph in wind power, and we can hope to see more of an increase as other sources begin to decrease.
Environmental Impact of Wasted Energy
It is becoming increasingly relevant to all of us that wasting energy is something that cannot be carried on forever. We are so heavily reliant on non-renewable sources of energy that the depleting stocks have begun to send prices upward and more expeditions into naturally diverse areas are threatening to shred international ties and impact upon the natural environment in which our wildlife lives and depends upon.
Source: Steer Davies Gleave
As shown in the table above, there has been a definite decline in carbon dioxide emissions globally as awareness has increased, however there is still a lot of room for improvement. Looking at the domestic trend, the global carbon dioxide output up until 2004 has stayed relatively unchanged at around 50million tonnes, meaning that far fewer implementations of domestic energy saving and carbon reducing operations have been in place when compared to the drop in emissions from industry. Transport, too, has also been creeping up and increasing as cars have become a stable method of transportation. It cannot be allowed to grow any further, and given the scientific advantages we have now, it should not be hard. Gas boilers are a small step towards combating the overall domestic carbon dioxide emission problems that we face. It is fact, however, that every small thing undertaken by multiple people the world over can have an astronomical effect on the climate. If damage can be done, we have the ability to reduce it also, and hopefully be able to close out the possibility of further global warming.
Government Incentives and Proposed Energy Saving Plans
There are systems in place, currently, that the Government have put into place to assist in achieving the UKs national energy consumption targets. Many of these focus on the improvement of commercial and domestic properties to ensure that they are not wasting energy needlessly and adding to our national carbon footprint.
Source: UK Govt
The above image comes directly from the governments initiative to begin carbon dioxide reduction and improve upon renewable energy rates within the UK. As you can see, there are definite areas of focus for them, and as such we have taken the appropriate measures to help you follow in these recommendations for your property. A new gas boiler Glasgow is one of numerous steps you can take to help reduce your carbon footprint.
The Green Deal is a Government-run scheme providing information and incentives for businesses and the public to start to take more energy-saving green options within properties to start bringing eco-friendly initiatives under their roofs. The Green Deal covers areas such as:
- Insulation – Cavity wall, loft, underfloor, etc.
- Heating – Gas fired condensing boilers, warm air units, flue gas heat recovery devices, etc.
- Electricity – Solar panels, wind turbines, lighting systems
DMS Installers are a registered Green Deal assessment and fitting provider. We specialise in installing eco-friendly condensing gas boilers, insulation, and renewable energy producers such as solar panels. With this, there is also the possibility of Government funding through the Green Deal scheme in Scotland that could result in you gaining money off of what you require to be installed. To be accepted for any funding, you must first have a Green Deal assessment carried out on your property, which is the best way to find out which renewable and energy-saving options are available for your property. A new gas boiler installation Glasgow could be right around the corner!
Renewable Heat Incentive
As in the name, this is a Government-run incentive for commercial and domestic properties to take on using renewable forms of energy on their properties. You can stand to gain payments over seven years for your contributions to the UKs limiting of carbon dioxide production. What does the RHI cover? The following methods of renewable energy are all included as being eligible for the RHI:
- Air Source Heat Pumps.
- Ground Source Heat Pumps.
- Solar water heating.
- Hybrid Heat Pumps.
To be eligible for this support, you must again have a Green Deal Assessment carried out, and an Energy Performance Certificate. You can find out more from Government websites or ask us for more information today about installing your new renewable energy platforms.
The Government also has enabled energy providers to purchase energy from renewable energy sources like solar panels that are both PV and thermal to feed into the national grid. Payments are made by unit of electricity, and you can possibly earn much more money off of your standard energy bills by this method. Your local Green Deal installers and fitters are able to inform you of just how much energy you can produce and sell to the energy providers again.
The Scottish Government is offering people living in Scotland the chance to have an interest-free loan in order to help them purchase renewable sources of energy for their homes and possibly commercial properties depending upon the applicant.
- Solar Electricity.
- Solar water heating.
- Air Source Heat Pumps.
- Ground Source Heat Pumps.
- Hybrid Heat Pumps.
- Biomass Boilers.
Obtaining any form of renewable energy in your home can bring astounding benefits, even going as far as reducing your heating bills by as much as 70%. You can also find that with your renewables you are eligible for the feed-in tariff scheme, so there are more opportunities to put money towards your existing energy bills while reducing your dependence upon the national grid.
The Government has big ambitions for technologys use in our modern society to help us save energy and thus reduce the countrys marked footprints on global warming. This includes seeking out the use of smart meters on smartphones and advancing the capabilities of electric cars to become a more mainstream method of transportation beside bicycles and other less consuming modes of transport.
Benefit from Government Schemes
There are some schemes and small areas of funding that registered companies such as us at DMS Installers can access in order to make your new boiler fit your home and your budget.
· Energy Efficiency of All New Gas Boilers
Since 2010, the Government has made it a requirement that all new boilers are above a certain energy efficiency rating as shown on the SEDBUK (Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK) scoring charts. Any boiler below 88% is not an acceptable boiler and cannot be fitted. The 88% energy efficiency level is the absolute minimum a boiler is allowed in its testing, as this is the lowest required to achieve a Rank A. Alongside this, when enquiring about boilers, you are entitled to be able to have an assessment carried out on your current boiler. Most new boilers will be fine and will not need to be checked, however if your boiler is known to be over 10 years old, you may want to have it checked. A new gas boiler is one of the most effective ways of managing your energy efficiency given how much of your bills are taken up by heating and hot water.
DMS Installers are able to offer ECO boilers under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) scheme. You could be eligible for a free gas boiler Glasgow if the above conditions apply to you. You must be a homeowner or a private tenant in order to be eligible first and foremost. It is important to note that funding is limited, and you should get in touch with us for further information and to know that there is funding still available for you to use.
· Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
For the success of reducing carbon footprints and removing the chance for domestic properties to waste too much energy, the Government has introduced the Energy Company Obligation scheme, which is now in an extended period of operation to March 2017. There are three main obligations that are carried out under this scheme:
- Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation Primary measures of carbon emission reduction must be promoted by obligated suppliers, including but not limited to roof and cavity wall insulation, and connections of district heating systems. Primary measures can also include further insulation methods carried out.
- Carbon Saving Community Obligation 15% of a suppliers CSCO must be achieved by the promotion of energy-saving values and measures to low-income households and those in vulnerable rural and deprived areas.
- Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation Obligated suppliers are called upon as they must promote measures of helping low-income and vulnerable households to be able to warm their homes, including but not limited to the possibility of installing a new boiler to keep the propertys energy bills low. (Source: OfGem)
By achieving these targets, a supplier can effectively improve upon their obligations while the public benefit from the assistance from suppliers that they need in order to not only help with energy saving carbon reduction schemes, but be able to afford to heat their homes too.
Energy Saving Gas Boilers Glasgow
If you are looking for ways in which you can improve upon your homes energy efficiency, there may be no better place to look than at a gas boiler in Glasgow. While most of us are aware that a gas boiler is in itself a great way to produce heat for our homes, there are those who do not fully understand the implications that not servicing a boiler or any other system in the home may bring when it comes to our energy bills. It is not a pleasant surprise to look at your heating bill in January and realise your prices have gone extremely high up compared to previous years. If that is so, it may be time to considering another energy provider or a new boiler.
Save Energy, Save Money
Energy use goes hand in hand with the amount of money we spend annually on keeping our homes and water warm. Without energy suppliers we would be without any of our electricity or heating within our homes, so it is vital that each of us signs up to a relevant plan for ensuring that we are getting access to the energy supplies that we need. When circumstances change in weather and in what we use within our home, we must consider what kinds of energy we are actively using within our home. Heat is a particularly important use for energy consumption and is in fact the main contributor of up to 60% of our annual energy bills alone. In our milder climate, it is essential that we have a reliable source of heat, and that our boiler servicing Glasgow is done regularly to ensure less energy is lost to misuse by an unreliable boiler or other output.
Source: OVO Energy
Looking at the above graph, we can see a very clear and distinct display of what exactly our energy bills say depending upon what we are using to heat our homes. Electricity is at the top with the worst energy costs in relation to heat. Avoid too much reliance on electric heating systems not optimised for energy efficiency if at all possible within your property, as they can lead to skyrocketing high energy bills at 16p per kWh of heat. LPG ranks a little lower, however it is still the third most expensive energy source for heat. When we compare these to the figures shown by gas heating, however, we can see that there is a drastic fall by 11.5p per kWh of heat. Therefore, it is fair to say that by using a gas powered boiler, you will inevitably be saving yourself far more money every year than those who run their heaters and boilers entirely by electricity.
As you can see above, there are significant costly benefits to having a gas boiler over an LPG boiler and others. An old gas boiler can have an energy efficiency rate as low as 55% and a new condensing LPG boiler can be as high as 92% – giving a no-brainer to which is the preferred energy saving boiler. The age of the boiler, too, can have some hefty consequences if you are not taking care of the upkeep or purchasing a new boiler when warranties run out or simply looking for better solutions when your energy bills are relatively high. Property age can also have a significant alteration to your annual fuel costs. Even with an old gas boiler, you could save almost £200 on your costs just by having a new build property. It can also be shown that a new condensing boiler either gas or LPG can have significant savings also. Consider the above tables when thinking about your options for a new gas boiler. You can not only help to reduce wasted energy, but also keep your pockets lined for other things you need in your property. Very often, energy companies that are secured under Government policies are accommodating for those who are looking to be more energy-conscious and can help you assess the requirements for your home. Some properties may be suitable for recommended changes to their heating systems, so it can be of a huge benefit to you to have your home checked for your heating, hot water, and other insulating properties.
Time Your Heating with Timers and Thermostats
Use your boiler efficiently and make use of the inbuilt timer that it has. They are there for the purpose of allowing us to schedule exactly when our heating systems start and finish being active. They are fully adjustable to allow for full flexibility throughout the year. The majority of heaters and boilers have plastic teeth that allow you to select which hours during the day youd like to heat your home, while more modern heaters and boilers have begun to use digital displays for the very same function. Not too sure when you should stop heating your home or simply leave it on too long and your home is a little too toasty? Ask your local boiler installer about thermostats. Some boilers do not have thermostats as standard, and these handy pieces of technology are impressively accurate in keeping your energy usage levels low. Setting the heat limit in your home, your heating system will be kept to the specified temperatures indicated on the thermostat. It can be irresponsible to leave a heater on all day when nobody is home to feel the benefit of the energy, and as such it is wasted. Having set times for when you are arriving home or waking up and having a set high temperature cut-off can help to ensure you dont use more than is required.
Advanced Technology Control Heating Away from Home
Some boiler companies have started to really adapt to new global trends for modern problem solving surrounding our energy use. It is true that technology has even helped us in ways we could never have imagined before by bringing us new sources of vastly renewable energy, harnessing the power of wind and water to name but two sources. Yet there is always room for us to take advantage of remote-control capabilities, even with our energy, which has itself led to the development of smart heating controls.
Examining peak times at which electricity is generated, we can see exactly which times are most likely to be used on a thermostat. The night sees a huge decrease and as such, energy consumption remains and should remain while you sleep! very low. Waking up this grows higher, but the early evening sees the largest rise, typically when coming home from work. Try to work to these averages, and your home will remain warm during the day between the morning and evening bursts of heat you may set your thermostat to. At DMS Installers we provide a gas boiler that comes with technological capabilities all of its own. The Intergas Combi Compact ECO RF boiler is a highly reliable combi boiler. It can heat up to 13litres of water per minute, and Intergas as a company have never once had a heat exchanged fail since 1996. A 10-year warranty, too, guarantees satisfaction. Yet what makes it extremely beneficial to our clients on the go is the ability for it to be remotely controlled and accessed through an app as its own smart meter. App access to boilers is on the increase, and many people worldwide are starting to feel the difference with this handy invention for their boiler. If you spend the majority of your working day travelling and working away from home, you wont want to come home to a house that is freezing cold the moment you walk back in the door. With the Intergas app, you can simply input when you would like your boiler to start heating, and monitor it in real time to ensure you walk back into your home feeling welcomed, cosy, and can put your feet up. It also gives you a great way to save energy too and turn off the boiler when you arent around giving double the benefits for you and your familys comfort.
Environmental Impact Reduction
Knowing where to get your energy from is extremely important. It is known that the cheapest energy alternatives currently are still non-renewable, however as these resources begin to decline more and more, it is almost guaranteed that we will begin to see a rise in prices for other fuels. The best way for us to secure our future