There is little doubt that new homes are more energy efficient than ever before. Technologies such as Heat Pumps, Solar Energy Systems and Smart Thermostats are being combined with the latest building methodologies and processes to build extremely energy efficient homes. Studies by the NHBC Foundation and the Zero Carbon Hub suggests that a new home will consume around half of the energy that would be used by a typical (refurbished) Victorian home.
It is encouraging to see house-builders utilising the latest technologies available, but is enough being done to educate the homeowner in how to use their new home to best advantage – minimising energy and expense while maximising comfort and well-being? While these new technologies and systems are capable of much, the best intentions can go awry when the human hand is brought into the equation.
Providing customers with adequate information on their new renewable heating, detailed enough to be of use, but concise enough to be considered, is a challenge. Information on the system and it’s capabilities must be well designed and tailored to the new homeowner. The team here at BSW would be on hand to ensure a full handover is completed with the new homeowner to establish the best way to gain maximum savings and efficiency from their new renewable heating.
The NHBC Foundation has recently approached this in its report, ‘Home Comforts: Guidance on using Ventilation, heating and renewable energy systems.’ It notes that ‘it is essential that residents understand how to engage with controls, ensure appropriate ventilation and are familiar with the way renewable technologies operate’. There is little doubt that that more and more people are looking to build sustainable homes with renewable heating systems playing a key role in keeping energy bills low.
If you are considering a self-build or are a developer looking to use renewable technology, then give us a call and one of our renewable energy team will talk things through with you and help with the planning and to install the desired technology. We will then be on hand to ensure that the homeowner fully understands the system and how to gain maximum savings.
For more information about all renewable technologies and heating systems, and to find out which solution would be most suitable for your home, please feel free to call our team on 01444 831138 or email sales@BSW-BS.co.uk.