The economy is tough at the moment and many families are finding that their bills are increasing but their wages are not keeping up with the extra outgoings. Things are likely to get worse over the next few years as gas and electricity prices rise. In an attempt to keep costs in check, many families are looking at zero carbon and green heating and cooling systems.
Heating and cooling technology has come a long way in recent years. The sort of system that will work for you will depend on the size of your home and the area that you live, as well as how recently your home was built. Solar power is popular today, and many new builds feature geothermal heating.
The solar power that you can invest in today is far better than the basic first generation systems. You can benefit from solar power even in temperate climates. Today’s panels can produce a decent amount of power from several hours of daylight even if the sky is not clear. If your roof is shaded by trees or nearby tall buildings then you may find that solar power is not effective for you.
Geothermal heating has been in use in Scandinavia for a long time but now other parts of the world have started to adopt it. Because of the difficulty of digging deep to access geothermal power it is best used for brand new builds. Some people have successfully added geothermal heating to existing buildings and this can be a good investment if you want to stay in your home for many years. The efficiency of this system means that you could rely on it year round for your heating, only needing to pay to run air conditioning when the weather is hot!
If you rent your home, or you plan on moving soon, investing in massive updates to your property may not make financial sense. There are low cost energy saving options. Loft insulation is cheap and effective and cavity wall insulation is quite easy to install too. You can reduce your heating bills by fitting thermostatic radiator valves.
Energy costs, especially for heating and…