Space heat­ing

HOUSE­HOLD EN­ERGY CON­SUMP­TION: 29%

Element - - Wellbeing -

POOR

Elec­tri­cal heaters: ex­am­ples in­clude panel heaters and oil-filled col­umn heaters. The most ex­pen­sive way to heat. Open fires: In­ef­fi­cient – most of the heat goes up the chim­ney

BET­TER

Heat pumps: at 13 – 18 cents / kWh heat pumps are ef­fi­cient and a good re­place­ment for elec­tric heaters.

BEST

• So­lar: pas­sive so­lar heat­ing is the cheap­est way to heat your home. Floor­ing ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete slabs and tiles ab­sorb heat from the sun, and re­lease that heat dur­ing the even­ing. . • Wood burn­ers: A range of highly ef­fi­cient mod­els are avail­able. The cheap­est heater to run and car­bon neu­tral. Can also be com­bined with a wet­back to pro­vide hot wa­ter heat­ing. • Pellet burn­ers: ef­fi­cient, car­bon neu­tral. * Be­fore look­ing at up­grad­ing,

in­su­late well and you’ll need a smaller heat­ing sys­tem.

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