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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?

Air-source heat pumps vs electrical heating

Topic: heating

We often specify and control electric heaters and ASHPs in projects, and thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast what each has to offer. There are 2 main points to consider, the energy efficiency of each, and the capital cost of installation and maintenance.

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Air-source heat pumps vs electrical heating

Future Homes 3. Heat Pumps - are they the solution we’ve been looking for?

Topic: UK building regulations, heating

The government's Future Homes consultation presents air-source heat pumps as a mass-market high-efficiency heating solution. However, field trial evidence shows that in well-insulated buildings, occupancy-controlled electrical heaters are more efficient. Heat pumps may have a role in existing homes but have not...

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Future Homes 3. Heat Pumps - are they the solution we’ve been looking for?

How much will a smart meter reduce my home energy bill?

Topic: smart home, heating, eco controls

What are the pros and cons?

A smart meter will save you the cost of 3½ days of electricity per year. To put it another way, the average home in the UK has an annual energy bill of £1,300, so having a smart meter will save that home £11 per year.

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How much will a smart meter reduce my home energy bill?

Eco residential homes: are all modern homes low energy buildings?

Topic: ventilation, heating, eco controls

They should be!  It is the 21st Century after all.  With all the talk about the environment and sustainability and meeting targets to save the Earth, building homes that are conducive to reducing our carbon footprint is the very least we can do.  Not to mention saving those vital pennies.

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Eco residential homes: are all modern homes low energy buildings?

4 of the best ways to heat a home with no mains gas

Topic: heating

 So you’re embarking on a new adventure? All of your ducks are in a row; career, partner, kids. It’s time to tick that next box – build your own home.  The years of dreaming and scheming have finally paid off and here you stand on the threshold of… of what? How will you approach this mammoth task and what, if...

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4 of the best ways to heat a home with no mains gas