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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Topic: heating, eco controls, Efficiency, Domestic hot water, atBOS, Direct electric heating, Automation

Direct electric space and water heating can replace the need for ‘wet’ central heating in a well-insulated flat. Fast-response heaters automated by a control system are inexpensive to install, avoid the overheating risk inherent to wet heating, and meet or exceed the efficiency of electricity augmented by...

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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, ASHP, Direct electric

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are widely promoted as a source of low-cost, low-carbon space and water heating. However, a model of ASHP-powered heating in London shows that they compare unfavourably to heating derived directly from mains electricity, especially when compared to real-world data from flats using...

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Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Gas, Bills, Electricity

Given the recent rise in gas prices and the UK government’s stated aim of making all newly built homes ‘zero-carbon ready’ by 2025, the need to move away from using gas to heat and produce hot water for domestic properties has been brought into focus.

One of the technologies that is seen as an alternative to a gas...

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Electric combi boilers - the pros and cons

Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Grant, Gas, Air-source heat pump

Yesterday, the government announced a £450 million boiler upgrade scheme, offering £5,000 grants for households replacing gas-boilers with low-carbon heating systems. The scheme does not specify what low-carbon system should be used although it repeatedly refers to air-source heat pumps.

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Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Can district heating make housing more efficient ?

Topic: heating, Future Homes, District heating, heat network, Efficiency, Energy

District heating schemes use a single powerplant to provide heating and hot water to many buildings. They have been promoted as important in decarbonising the British economy but their dependence on gas limits their carbon efficiency and heat is lost as it is distributed which causes internal gains.

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Can district heating make housing more efficient ?