While we are all enjoying a little more sunshine and outside time, right now, there are still times when it’s a bit chilly and the heating needs to go on. Unfortunately, many of us face a conundrum when using our home heating as we are worried about the impact that it has on the environment. After all, heat requires energy, and a great deal of our power still comes from burning fossil fuels, something that is having a horrific impact on the Environment. The good news is there are some changes you can make to the way you heat your home that will reduce its energy consumption and make it a darn site greener. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Insulate your home
One of the most straightforward ways of making heating your home more energy efficient is to add more insulation to your home. This is because insulation works to keep the warm air in, meaning less is lost, and so less energy needs to be used to replace it.
There are many locations in your home that you can add additional insulation to as well including the roof and attic space, the walls, and even the floors and foundations of your home. You can even choose insulation materials made from recycled items like plastic bottles, which is again much better for the environment than using up valuable resources and energy in crafting brand new materials
Get a new boiler
Another way to ensure you are heating your home in an energy-efficient manner is to replace your old boiler with a more efficient new one. Indeed, there are several benefits to investing in a new boiler for your home. The first of these is that older boilers tend to be less effective as they age. What this means is the energy to heat ratio they produce is lower. However, when you replace them with a brand new boiler you won’t have this issue.
Secondly, new boilers are also designed to be more efficient than older models. That means they don’t just use less energy because they are newer but also because they have better tech as well, something that means you can expect a much better heat to energy ratio and so use less power to heat your home.
Change your heat source
Finally, you may wish to change the source of your home’s heat entirely. Indeed, while many families use electric central heating to heat their homes, you could swap to geothermal or passive solar heating instead.
However, before you make sure of a change you must ensure that you have access to the appropriate natural resources. For example, when using geothermal heat, your home must have enough space to install a pump. While passive solar heating is best suited to properties already situated in a hot climate.
Although, if you can swap to such methods of heating your home you may be able to reduce significantly, or even eliminate the need to use electricity produced from fossil fuels. Something that can make a massive positive difference to the well-being of the environment.