Here’s why renewable heating sources are an alternative to non-mains gas households
Arranging delivery, uncertainty over long-term price rises and lack of energy efficiency are some of the problems faced by homes which aren’t connected to the mains gas grid.
Around four million properties across the country do not use mains gas for heating, according to the most recent statistics compiled by energy watchdog Ofgem.
Instead, many homeowners and tenants rely on electric heating or other non-gas heating fuels such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and heating oil.
And while the cost of oil and LPG heating has fallen in recent years, that doesn’t necessarily mean prices won’t rise again.
Disadvantages of oil and LPG heating
Millions of homes aren’t connected to the gas grid, instead relying on deliveries of oil or LPG to keep their homes heated.
People have benefited from falling prices in recent years but the problem with any fuel is that it is subject to price fluctuations.
In addition, rather than being able to spread the cost over several months as you would if you had a direct debit set up with an energy provider, if you have to pay the cost of fuel upfront every time you need to arrange a delivery, it can be expensive.
Not to mention the inconvenience of arranging delivery every few months and the very real possibility of running out of fuel when you need it the most.
Advantages of renewable heating sources
Here at Noreus, we have seen a rise in people choosing to explore renewable options to provide heating throughout the year.
Alternatives to non-mains gas heating include thermodynamic and solar thermal panels which capture energy from the sun or air source heat pumps which harvest energy from the atmosphere.
Why has there been an increase in interest? Because renewable heating really does hand control back to consumers. Once you’ve recovered the cost of installation, you’re tapping into an energy source which isn’t subject to external price rises and won’t run out.
Some systems also currently qualify for a Government-backed scheme called the Renewable Heat Incentive which generates a quarterly payment for seven years.
There is one thing that EVERY homeowner must ensure – whether a property is powered by non-mains gas or renewable sources – and that is to monitor energy efficiency.
If you’re connected to the mains gas grid, using renewable sources to heat your home, or indeed use a non-gas heating fuel, the key is to keep what warmth you do create locked inside your home.
Invest in good quality insulation to conserve heat, keep bills down and ensure a warm, cosy home.