Heating and hot water
Link to an excellent video by the Centre for Sustainable Energy on how to programme your thermostat.
General advice to save energy:
Installing and using heating controls can significantly reduce your heating bills by only heating your house and water to the temperatures you need – when you need it. A room thermostat and seven thermostatic radiator valves cost around £350 and could save you £70 - £150 a year.
At WinACC's open meeting on 2 August 2014, Ewan Simmonds shared his data on gas and electricty consumption over the years, showing the impact of installing solar water heating, solar PV and a new boiler. Here is a pdf of his data.
On Wednesday 9 April, the Government launched the Renewable Heat Incentive for homes - like FITS, but for renewable heat instead of electricity.
For decades we have relied on the abundance of cheap energy produced by fossil fuels to heat our homes. But this has made us wasteful in terms of money and valuable resources, and it's changing the climate. With the cost of energy rising and winter on its way, this is a good time to think about how to keep warm.