With further hikes in energy prices, those of us in rural areas, in particular, are feeling the heat (figuratively speaking at least). So what options do we have to make heating bills affordable and keep the heating on?
The cheapest energy by far is the energy we don't use! Reducing heat lost from your home by improving draught proofing and insulation makes a difference to heating bills and your comfort. Ensuring that the heating is set and controlled at a lower temperature of around 19 - 20 degrees makes a difference too.
Replacing your oil or LPG boiler with a renewable heating system like a heat pump or biomass boiler could also be a smart move and give improved efficiency and cheaper fuel like wood pellets which means lower heating bills! Now is a good time to consider this with the government intending to introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in the spring.
The RHI rewards householders converting to renewable heating systems like biomass boilers (logs, woodchip and pellets), ground and air source heat pumps or adding solar thermal panels. Annual payments for 7 years are based on the heating needs of the property and the type of renewable heating system installed and go a long way to helping cover the installed cost of the system.
In Scotland, interest free loans up to £10,000 over 12 years are also available and when combined with the RHI mean that more of us will be able to keep the heating on!