Rural fuel choices

If you are fortunate enough to live out in the countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet that village life can bring but are overburdened with ever increasing fuel bills because your community does not have natural gas then there are now real energy choices available.

If your only energy source of fuel is electricity then you probably have storage heaters. Alternatively you may have an electric direct acting boiler that feeds a wet system of radiators or an electric CPSU that combines heating the hot water with heating radiators.

Many people in rural communities opt to use oil as their principal fuel and due to rising costs have wisely formed local co-operatives to buy in bulk and reduce the cost.

Those who want a wet system of radiators could of course use liquid petroleum gas (LPG) sometimes referred to as Calor Gas.  Like oil, the costs can work out to be quite expensive.

There is an alternative – biomass.  Biomass boilers are becoming increasingly economical to purchase and run, the payback time can be as little as three years when set against the cost of LPG. The cost to change is relatively low as it is usually just a matter of exchanging one boiler for another.  There is every possibility that next spring the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will provide a grant of about a thousand pounds towards the cost of installing a biomass boiler, making it an even better purchase.

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Biomass - Energy efficient fuel

If you don’t want to be bothered with any disruption inside your home and if you have a roof that faces between south east and south west you really should consider putting photo voltaic panels on your roof to offset the cost of the electricity. The current Feed in Tarrif rate is 16p per Kwh provided your property achieves a D rating on your EPC.

As you all know Home inspection Services is an established, independent business providing surveys and energy certificates and advice to our ever increasing customer base in the Rossendale Valley here in East Lancashire. If we can’t answer your question immediately we usually know another business that we can recommend for information on current product developments.

Home Inspection Services in Rossendale, provide independent property advice, offering EPCs, surveys, inventories, floor plans, and property marketing. Ring us on 01706 600540.


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