4 alternatives to gas central heating

central heating alternatives

If your home isn’t connected to the main gas grid, what then? What options do you have for warming your home this coming winter? Before you roll your sleeves up to chop down trees (which by the way, would be terrible for the environment), consider these alternative sources of fuel:

1. Oil Central Heating

What is it? Similar to a gas boiler, an oil fired boiler heats water which then travels through your pipes or underfloor heating to heat your radiators and supply your hot water taps.

How can I get it? Your boiler can be a heat only or combi boiler but the oil would need to be delivered to your home by road and stored in a tank external to your property. (You would need to rent or buy the tank from your fuel supplier).

Pros and Cons – The upside is that oil is one of the most efficient oil types, so you do get a good return on each unit of energy. But oil fired boilers would need to heat hot water and store it to be used later – which may be counter – intuitive to your efficiency aims. Also, oil produces CO2 when burned, which means it isn’t a clean source of energy.

2. Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Central Heating

What is it? Similar to oil central heating, LPG is a useful alternative source of fuel for up to 4 million homes in the UK that are not connected to the national gas grid.

How can I get it? LPG is delivered by road and stored in a tank external to your property and use a ‘wet’ system – where water is heated, which then heats your home via pipes.

Pros and Cons – As LPG is delivered by road, there is a possibility of running out before your next delivery. Although you can circumvent this by installing a system that automatically notifies your supplier when you are about to run out. Again, similar to oil, LPG is not a clean source of energy.
 

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