Modern technology can enhance the thermal performance of older buildings whatever their construction and age and with minimal impact. For example, condensing boilers are highly efficient and with effective controls and programming can work relatively harmoniously in traditionally constructed buildings.
Thermostatic radiator valves work by sensing the air temperature in the room and adjusting the heat accordingly. Having thermostatic valves fitted to each radiator allows the temperature to be controlled in individual rooms.
Boiler controls and intelligent thermostats
Heating and hot water accounts for over 80% of total energy used in the home so changing settings can make a big difference. Upgrading to a more intelligent digital thermostat can make your programming much more precise as they can more accurately provide temperature control than traditional line thermostats. They can also match boiler firing to the load on the system so the boiler operates more efficiently.
Smart energy metering
Smart meters put you in control of your energy use by providing accurate information on the amount of electricity and gas being used. Some display devices even incorporate a red, amber and green traffic light system that shows you clearly how your usage changes when you turn various appliances on and off.
Energy efficient heating
Installing a high efficiency boiler can make a significant contribution to reducing fuel usage. Modern boilers are considerably more efficient than models even 10 years ago. Some of the best condensing boilers convert more than 90% of their fuel into heat whereas most boilers only manage 75% or less.
Energy efficient lighting
Lighting a typical home accounts for around 16% of its electricity bill. Energy-saving light bulbs can use up to 80% less electricity than a standard bulb and last 10 times longer. Continuing advances in technology mean that energy-saving light bulbs are now available in a wide variety of fittings, shapes and sizes.