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Winters Coming: Time To Update Your Boiler?

31 Aug

With winter around the corner, its not surprising homeowners start to worry about their increasing energy bills. Now when it comes to your energy bills, heating accounts for about 60 percent of what you spend annually. About 16 percent of that goes on distribution charge, basically the cost of the gas pipes that get the energy into your home. What about the other percentage? An efficient boiler makes a big difference!

Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are mostly condensing boilers. In a conventional heating system (gas boilers for example) most of the combustion products (heated gases) pass through the boiler’s heat exchange surface, passing the generated energy to the heat distribution system – underfloor heating, radiators. Afterwards, the combustion gases are released into the atmosphere through the boiler’s flue. Therefore, a certain amount of heat is lost, because together with the gases, a considerable amount of steam that forms during the burning process (due to the water contained in the natural gas in its initial state) is being pushed out. The released steam carries an untapped amount of evaporation energy that conventional boilers are unable to make use of, and something that a condensing boiler is capable of converting into additional heat.

Installing an efficient condensing boiler can save you significant amounts of money, but also improve your carbon footprint. Here are some other examples:

Reduce your electricity bills: Because condensing boilers are so energy efficient, they need to burn much less fuel to extract the same amount of energy to supply to your home. This means considerably lower fuel bills, which is a relief in today’s unstable fuel market with prices rising all the time.

Cut your carbon footprint: Condensing boilers have much lower CO2 emissions than other boilers available, and because of this are much more environmentally friendly. Every year a condensing boiler could save up to 1.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide that would otherwise escape into the Earth’s atmosphere.

Save space: Condensing combi boilers don’t need a hot water tank, saving you space. Next to a clunky older boiler type, a condensing boiler is sleek and will often fit into convenient spaces the size of an average kitchen cupboard.

Simple controls: Condensing combi boilers don’t need timers for hot water as they produce hot water when you turn the tap on. Also heating controls have changed so much over the last decade and as a result it is now as easy to control heating your home than ever before. With these changes comes longer life boilers and savings from heating your home smarter and more efficiently.

Faster heating: Upgrading your heating system and heating controls will not only reduce your energy bills but will also help heat your home faster.

In conclusion a new boiler can save 1.5 tons of CO2 each year. Not sure exactly how much that is? It the equivalent of the emissions given off on a return flight from London to San Francisco; a flight covering 5,351 miles!

Sometimes, wanting to be greener and reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills can seem daunting when you have to find the total cost of installing some measures, that’s why Eco People has become FCA approved so we can offer you a variety of finance options when we provide you with a quote. Call us on 020 8883 4595 for more information or visit us at www.eco-people.co.uk

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The Self-Cleaning Crockery That Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Water Every Year

29 May

When it comes to household chores which do you hate? For me it’s the monotonous cleaning of dishes after cooking a meal. It takes a lot of effort to make them so shiny, not to mention the amount of water used. Well, you might be interested to hear that Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine have created a real solution to the wasteful and laborious task of washing those dishes! It’s shocking to think that someone who’s washing their dishes by hand with the water flowing can have the same carbon footprint as someone driving several miles in a typical car!

The crockery was created by two designers, Hanna Billqvist and Anna Glansén who used cellulose variant called nanocellulose which is arguably as strong as Kevlar (The material used in bulletproof vests). The material is flexible and lightweight. The dishes are tough enough that they won’t break when you drop them, and they are lighter than traditional ceramic plates. The project was commissioned by the Swedish Foreign Industries Commission. Their goal was to use natural materials in the making of futuristic objects that will not only make our lives easier in the future, but reduce humans’ effect on the planet.

You may have heard of the lotus effect? Well the self-washing crockery is actually designed to mimic leaves of the lotus plant in which any water or dirt beads up and slips off the leaves with significant efficiency. The general concept is to relive the need of using gallons of water to clean up after a meal, instead you simply tip the waste straight into the compost…easy peasy. This will also save on the energy used to heat the water, and on the use of soap.

Tomorrow Machine worked with researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to develop their self-cleaning dishes. On top of the nanocullulose, the developers added a layer of natural hydrophobic coating. The coating is made from a wax dissolved at a high pressure and temperature that repels water, oil and dirt, says Hanna Billqvist.

“It is real but a very new technology that is still being developed, so it’s not ready for the industry yet,” Billqvist said. The design team also added that a product like this will save on resources throughout its life span when you consider water needed for washing dishes and the chemicals to clean them.

Personally, I cannot make up my mind on this product idea. For some people washing dishes is a cleaning ritual to satisfy our hygienic instincts. I for one love the smell of cleaning products and the thought of a fresh clean tidy kitchen. So would I allow my dishes to do the job themselves? I don’t know. The engaging aspect for me is the idea of saving energy resulting in lower energy bills. It will be interesting to see how they market the product when it’s launched.

We’d love to hear your feedback on this idea…would you buy this product? Or is washing up liquid your friend? Just imagine how prune free your hands would be!

Top winter tips to send those pesky high energy bills to the north pole!

14 Nov

The days are getting shorter, the temperature is getting colder and I’m counting down the days until Christmas. Perfect. What’s not to love about winter?

Winter is THE season for many people and there are plenty of things to look forward to from cosy nights on the couch, New Year celebrations to Christmas itself!

This being said, the downside of winter is turning up that thermostat to heat your wintry home. This makes winter one of the most expensive seasons of the year when it comes to energy bills.

Our number one tip to keep bills low is to insulate your property. Insulation is a great way to keep your house and family warm. Insulating walls has never been so easy and energy efficient. By insulating your house you can save a considerable amount a year that you would normally spend on energy bills. Not to mention it’s great for the environment. Lovely.

Our next tip is to keep a maintained boiler. A poorly maintained boiler wastes more energy and costs more, and it also runs the risk of leaking carbon monoxide. Either get your boiler serviced before winter or change your old model for a condensing unit, which could shave off around £235 a year.

Speaking of heating systems, have you bled your radiators recently? If your radiators are colder at the top than they are at the bottom, then your radiators have trapped air inside them that’s stopping the heat from circulating properly. It’s time to grab a towel and your special key and bleed that radiator! Bleeding the radiators releases the air, allowing the radiator to run more efficiently and in turn save you pennies.

Our next tip is to check your gutters. As summer draws to a close, the leaves will start falling, and gutters and drainpipes will start to get filled with loose foliage. Once the blockage becomes too much, water will start to back up in the guttering and leak into the roof and down the walls of the house. A further tip for your gutters would be to cut away any surrounding trees as it’s those leaves that will clog your guttering systems!

Be sure to check the edges of your doors and windows for draughts, and you can either seal these gaps with self-adhesive draught strips, or get one of those funny draught excluder’s shaped like a snake or a dog. Who doesn’t love a draft excluding dog?

Here’s some more top energy saving tips for winter:

  • You should also keep doors and windows closed so that heat is retained
  • Wash your clothes at a lower temperature. Every little bit of energy you save can make a huge difference!
  • ‘Switch switches off’
  • Unplug resources when you are done with them
  • Use energy efficient light bulbs (although they’re a little bit more pricey they are certainly worth it)
  • Stock up on hot chocolate. Sitting down on the sofa with a mug of hot chocolate in winter is one of the best feelings ever.

You can call the team at Eco People (0208 883 4595) or email office@eco-people.co.uk for a quotation as Eco People specialise in External/Internal wall insulation and so much more.

The cheapest way of heating your home!

31 Jan

When it comes to heating your home are you a switch on and off kind of person? A leave it at low temperature? Or do you only use it when your curtains are frozen to the window? Let’s find out which method works out the cheapest.

In the UK 50% of homeowners believe it’s cheaper to leave the heating system on all day at a low temperature. This discovery is part of an energy saving myth-busting survey appointed by the Energy Saving Trust as part of Big Energy Saving Week. The survey was created to highlight the opinions of the UK public and how there is some confusion between their view and the energy saving action.

The ‘Ipsos MORI survey’ sampled UK citizens aged from 16 to 75 with 2,067 taking part. The findings were interesting when asked if a high thermostat setting heats a home faster which is actually incorrect, 27% of participants thought the statement to be true compared to 54% who knew the statement was false.

From this information we can see that over a quarter of participants would ‘blast’ their heating system to gain a warmer house faster. Taking this to a larger scale, if 27% of all UK homeowners were to do this with inadequately insulated homes the energy loss would be huge resulting in higher fuel poverty around the country.

Two thirds (66%) of participants believe that a greater amount of heat is lost through the roof of their home rather than the walls. This is incorrect as the majority of properties around the UK actually lose more heat through the walls. Here is a table to show heat loss percentages on a typical home:

 

Walls

35%

Roof

25%

Floor

15%

Draughts

15%

Windows

10%

 

Phillip Sellwood, an Energy Saving Trust chief executive said:

“We know it’s important for the UK public to stay warm and cosy in their homes. But for the majority the most cost-effective way to do this is to turn the heating on and off or up and down when required rather than leaving it on all day at a lower temperature. This ensures that heat is not wasted and that your home will be at a comfortable temperature.”

The biggest change homeowners should make is Turn it down. Many homes across the country have their central heating set higher than they need to be. Every degree that you turn it down will make further savings to your heating bill. It is also important to mention the power of insulating your property as the heat lost through many homes is scandalous. Insulating your solid walls could cut your heating costs by up to 40% resulting in reduced fuel bills.

If you would like any further information about the benefits of insulation or a simple chat about how making energy efficient modifications can help, call our team today on  020 8883 4595.

 

 

The amazing advantages of external wall insulation!

10 Jan

Welcome to the first blog of 2014. Today I decided to go back to basics and talk about one of Eco People’s main business activities, the installation of external wall insulation (EWI). Over the past few years we have seen an increase in interest regarding EWI, so today I will be giving you the many different advantages.

Houses have two different types of walls; solid and cavity walls. If your home was built after the 1920s, it’s probable that you’ll have the latter – where two walls are separated by a small gap (a cavity) which acts as a heat barrier. Solid walls are less efficient at holding heat, often permitting around twice as much heat to pass through them. Not only does it improve the appearance of external walls, it also ensures a uniform thermal performance without any cold bridging. The concluding result will consist of a cosy, draught free house with reduced heating prices.

So this brings us onto the first advantage: A decrease of heat loss in cold weather and heat gain in warm weather. By reducing heat loss through the fabric of your building, you will improve energy efficiency which will in turn give you a much warmer building allowing you to be less dependent on your heating system. This will help you save money on your heating bills as around 35% of a house’s heat is lost through its walls – A total waste of money!

The second advantage is combating with damp. Now if you have damp in your home you will agree that it can be a nightmare! EWI can lessen condensation on internal walls as the new cladding protects the wall from further dampening. By reducing the condensation in your home this will improve your comfort levels.

A further advantage is the benefit of an external makeover. The external appearance of your home can be greatly improved using the range of coloured renders, brick effect and other specialist finishes available. Older homes are often significantly improved to the high standard of new builds. This benefit has its own benefit in that if your building is more attractive, potential buyers will find it more attractive, particularly if it’s a cheaper building to heat.

Do you live on a busy road? Noisy neighbours? Well this one is for you. EWI can improve the acoustics of your home. The high-density insulation used in External Wall Insulation reduces sound-transfer. This means less noise enters your home, giving you a more comfortable environment. Alternatively, you could be happy that less noise escapes!!

By installing external wall insulation you can also help the environment by burning less fossil fuel. By implementing external wall insulation, you are refining the thermal properties of the building and decreasing the heat required to warm it. You are therefore reducing the burning of fossil fuels, and helping the environment.

Not only do Eco People install EWI on homes, we also install the insulation of various types of businesses. On average you will spend half your week in the workplace so why wouldn’t you want a warm, damp free and pretty environment!

If you require any further information regarding external wall insulation feel free to submit an enquiry using http://eco-people.co.uk/contact.html. You can alternatively call one of our dedicated team members on 020 8883 4595. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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