2012 was another interesting year in terms of home heating. In the latter months of the year most of the so called Big Six energy companies (all but one in fact) put up their prices once more. This came as bad news for householders who are already struggling to make ends meet in our challenging times. It is estimated that almost half of the energy we use in our homes each year is for heating purposes.
Figures released by uSwitch before the festive season gauged that 75% of households turned their heating off altogether at some point last winter, due to the rising costs. The further increase in energy bills has meant this figure could rise to 90% this year.
More news on the green energy market
Those people who are eager to look at reducing their heating costs will be interested to read more about the Renewable Heat Incentive. If you can generate heat for your home and hot water supplies by using a renewable source, the government will pay you for it under the terms of the RHI.
More news on this is due to follow the consultations that took place at the end of 2012. The payments made for generating your own energy are set to last for twenty years. In reality it should take around half this time to get back the money invested in installing the system in the first place.
Plenty of advice on keeping our homes as warm as possible
As you might expect, 2012 was also a year when more information was published from many quarters on how to create efficient home heating. After all, when energy is so expensive and the cost is still climbing, it makes little sense to let any of our expensive heat escape through any cracks or gaps.
Thus there were many useful articles on reducing heating costs through checking all areas of the home for potential heat escapes. Insulation is the one thing we always hear more about, but there are other areas to think about too. For example ensure all doors and windows fit properly and there are no gaps around the frames. Gaps around skirting boards and in wooden floors can also lead to more draughts and an escape of heat, so be sure to seal these up. If you have an open chimney you can always use a chimney pillow to inflate and block it up (providing you don’t have an open fire of course!).
Indeed, 2012 was a year when plenty of articles were issued giving advice on how to make your home warmer.
What does 2013 have in store?
Since we can pretty much assume energy prices won’t go anywhere but up, this could be the year to act on all the news we heard in 2012. Make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible so you lose less heat and keep more of it where you need it most. This alone would be a good resolution for the New Year.
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