Updated: Oct 24, 2020

According to a recent report by the Energy Saving Trust, an average UK household annually emits nearly 2700+kg of CO2 in to the atmosphere by using its current heating solutions. So, British people are pumping the highest amount of CO2 into the environment not through their cars, everyday waste, or travel, but through the heating solutions they employ at home. That's eye-opening!

Heating has become central to the discussion on reducing the UK's carbon footprint. And the change is happening. Renewable heating solutions are the preferred alternative for new housing projects too. After all, it is the future. So, if you are looking for a heating solution for your home, think renewable heating and make it future-ready. Here are the most popular options available to you.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

A ground source heat pump or GSHP uses a mixture of antifreeze and water. This fluid circulates in a loop pipe under the ground. As the name suggests, the loop pipe absorbs heat from the ground, which is absorbed by the fluid. As the fluid passes through a compressor, it increases its temperature, which can then be used for heating water or the house through water circuits.

The cooled fluid returns to the ground and gets heated again. This process repeats itself and produces a renewable source of domestic heating.

Solar Heating

One of, if not, the most renowned renewable heating in a residential setting is solar heating. The heat from the sun can be stored in solar cells placed on the roof of the house. These charged solar cells can then be used to power the heating of hot water in the house.

One of the biggest disadvantages of solar heating is that it may be rendered useless in the absence of a shining sun. However, with

major leaps in renewable energy research, the efficiency of solar cells has dramatically increased. So, even if an area receives sunlight for a short period, solar power can be used for green heating & hot water.

Hydrogen Boilers

Natural gas is one of the most popular fuels that powers heating in households in many parts of the country. But, natural gas is a non-renewable resource. Hydrogen, a renewable resource, is now being touted as a viable and even a better alternative to natural gas. After all, 1kg of hydrogen releases as much energy as 2.8kg of gasoline. The best part is that hydrogen allows people to use the existing gas network that heats their homes. The only difference is that instead of natural gas, hydrogen will run in those gas pipes.

Hydrogen boilers can possibly free us from our dependence on fossil fuels like liquified petroleum gas, natural gas, and oil.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps work on the same principle as GSHPs. The air's heat is captured and passed on to a fluid, which goes through a compressor and heats up. The primary difference is that they use air for heating instead of GSHPs fluid mixture. These heat pumps can absorb heat from the air outside. In fact, air source heat pumps can extract heat from the atmospheric air even at freezing temperatures of -15oC. While the heat pumps use electricity to carry out their operation, they produce more heat than heating equipment running on electricity.

Doing Your Part

Our generation is at an inflection point today. We have a choice to continue living like this or do something about it TODAY. We don't have to build such solutions from scratch either. Companies like Worcester Bosch are providing us with renewable domestic heating solutions that are ready for our use now.

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Summer is the perfect time to ensure your boiler is in shape and ready to support you throughout the colder months. There are a few things you can do during the summer to keep your boiler in good health.


Servicing throughout the summer months allows engineers and installers to identify any issues before the temperature falls. Service appointment availability is also much higher, so you are more likely to be able to arrange a service at a date and time that suits you. It is often a condition of your boiler manufacturers guarantee that you are required to have an annual service to maintain its validity, keeping you covered should you encounter any problems during colder spells.

Upgrade your Boiler

With the warmer temperatures, you’re less likely to be inconvenienced by the process of replacing your boiler. Upgrading your boiler is a big investment, and the summer months allow you to make this decision with less stress and haste.

This also gives you a good opportunity to upgrade your boiler control. Worcester Bosch range of controls offer you an additional way of boosting your system’s overall performance and saving you money on your heating bill.

Switch on your Heating

Whether you choose to switch off your boiler completely during summer or switch to hot water only, it is recommended to run your central heating for a few minutes once a month to keep the system in working order. Doing this occasionally throughout the summer will prevent components of your heating system from seizing up. You should also check your boiler pressure, as well as your radiators to see if they need bleeding.

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13 of March 2019 Introduction

Ok, so most of us have heard about “smart technology” or “smart thermostats” right? Or so we should have... but what is it, and how can it help us?

In short, it makes our heating smarter, more efficient and saves us money and helps the environment ultimately. I guess another reason to call it smart is because it connects to our smartphones in most cases, allowing us to control our heating from the other side of the planet.

This might sound a bit gimmicky to most people, but hear us out, its actually really making a difference to how people use their central heating and hot water in the UK and can save you more than you might think.

Your thermostat controls 60% of your energy bill, and UK customers saved 8.4% to 16.5% just by installing a “smart thermostat”

Whats out there?

As far as central heating is concerned, theres only a hand-full of smart technologies available, but a few brands seem to stand out..

The big one is “nest”, who were one of the first to really make noise in this sector (shown in the far left photo above). It has a motion sensor built in to the thermostat and can learn the pattern of when people wake up and go to bed, and can fully tailor your central heating program based on a 7 day week. It also comes with an app, that will link to local weather stations and will anticipate how long its going to take to heat your house based on local temperatures and from the knowledge of how long it takes to heat your home which it learned along the way, giving you a cosy home every time.

“Tado” is another one of the big players (pictured far right above), this also has an app which allows the user to remotely switch on/off the central heating, monitor past use and so on.. but it uses something called “geofencing”, and anticipates the homeowner’s return, and makes sure the house is nice and toasty, but also makes sure the heating switches off as soon as everyone has left the house, claiming to “reduce your heating bill by up to 31%”.

As well as the wall mounted thermostats, there are radiator thermostats that can replace your existing “TRV’s”, and link up with your smart thermostat to make the system even more efficient again! (Shown in the middle photo above)

These work by giving the user full control over every room the radiator thermostats are fitted in, allowing an individual heating program for every room, so for example, if in the summer you only wanted your bathroom radiator to come on to dry towels, you could do this quite easily. Or say you only wanted the downstairs radiators on in the day, but all radiators on in the evening, that would also be possible..

Ultimately the more control we have over our heating and hot water, the more money we save, and with the constant rise in gas prices, that cant be a bad thing..

How much can i really save?

How much people can save varies depending on the current system controls they have, and how they use them.

If you’re turning your heating on and off manually at the boiler, the first thing you need to consider is fitting a timer and thermostat.

If you already have a thermostat and timer, then upgrading to a smart thermostat is going to save the average UK gas consumer £130 or £8-£17 a month, but take the image below as an example of how-much you might save just by turning your current “non-smart” thermostat down a notch or two, and imagine how much doing both could save you!

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