When it comes to reducing our carbon footprint, there are so many steps we can take - both in our own homes and through our daily activities in the outside world. Some of our efforts will make a much bigger impact than others, and it’s not always obvious which those are.
For example, you might not realise that you could save over 3 tonnes of CO2 per year by simply optimising your heating system. That’s around the same as driving over 12,840 miles, which is like driving from London to Edinburgh over 31 times.
If you’re lucky enough to be a homeowner who wants to reduce your emissions through household heating, there are many options on the table. You can consider things like a biomass heater, wood-burning stove, smart heating controls, or improving your roof and wall insulation.
But what about people who are renting, or don’t have the freedom to make such integral changes to the building and its systems? Luckily for them, there are solutions which don’t involve just switching the thermostat down. It is still possible to reduce your heating emissions without the need to wear a coat and hat indoors.
One solution being implemented by many households all over the country is electric heating, also known as electric radiators. These appliances offer a sustainable and efficient way to heat our homes: That is, if the electricity they are drawing upon has been generated using renewable means such as solar or wind.
Another benefit of electric heaters is that they look very sleek and can easily blend into a modern room. They don’t take up much space and can be easily installed on a flat wall surface, provided there is a power point nearby to plug into. If you need additional power points in your home, one of our experienced electricians will be more than happy to help.
Unlike a gas boiler, electric heaters don’t provide any emissions at the actual place of use. However, it is worth noting that if you are using power from the main electricity grid which has been generated using fossil fuels, an electric heater will not be the greenest option and may even cause more damage to the environment than your typical gas boiler.
With the proposed ban on gas or oil boilers laid out in the government’s ‘Powering our Net-Zero Future’ white paper, we will all soon be forced to make decisions about our preferred methods of heating our homes and the consequences they have on our planet.