In this article, we take a detailed look at what exactly a carbon footprint is, reducing your carbon footprint with electric heating, and why Climastar’s revolutionary heating systems are more environmentally friendly than alternative heating systems.
Did you know that the energy used to heat the spaces where we live and work in is one of the highest contributors to our individual carbon footprints?
Globally, heating accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption and 40% of energy related carbon dioxide emissions. Naturally, exactly how much of those emissions comes from heating your home will depend on where you live and how you heat your home.
In the UK, it’s estimated that 19% of greenhouse gas emissions come from warming up the places we live and work. More than three quarters of this comes from domestic buildings. Most of us in the UK rely on gas boilers, but these are being phased out gradually, starting with new builds from 2023.
Your Carbon Footprint is defined as ‘a measure of the impact human activities has on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide.’
Generally speaking, there are two main ways in which we generate greenhouse gases. The first is by using up fossil fuels, burning the fuel to heat and power our homes. Also when we fill up our cars or when we fly. The second is how we indirectly contribute to emissions through energy in the things we buy and the activities we take part in.
In Britain, the annual carbon footprint for the average person is around 10 tonnes. The USA has one of the highest rates in the world, at 16 tonnes for the average person. Globally, the average is closer to 4 tonnes. However, the average global carbon footprint per year needs to drop to under 2 tonnes by 2050. This is the number considered to be a sustainable yearly quota for the world.
So how can we help to reduce our carbon footprint when heating our homes? One answer to this question is to switch to electric heating. There are options which can reduce your carbon footprint even further, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll start here.
Electric heating has many benefits. Firstly, it can reduce your carbon footprint because unlike gas boilers, it doesn’t emit any pollutants into the atmosphere. With electric heating, you can buy individual radiators or heaters for each room and then control those heaters with a thermostat. There is no need for a boiler. Therefore, there are no emissions.
Secondly, you gain much more control over your heating. By combining your electric heating to smart technology, you can adjust the temperature through an app set on your device. Thus you can control your heating from wherever you are.
Thirdly, by setting a schedule on each specific heater, you can save more energy. For example, maybe you want your living room heater to be warmer in the evenings, while your home office needs more in the daytime. You can set a schedule to suit each room. Meanwhile you are saving energy because you are not wasting it in a room that’s not being used.
There are things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint when heating your home, even before you switch to electric heating.
For example, by turning your current thermostat down by just 1C, you can have a big effect. If everyone in the UK carried this out, it’s estimated that it would save 1.18 million tonnes of CO2.
Similarly, if you have a boiler, you can lower the running temperature to 60C. Running a boiler at a lower temperature over a longer period is better than firing it up to higher temperatures in shorter bursts.
Another method to help is to insulate your home properly. A warmer home will require less energy to heat it up.
However, it’s easy to switch to electric heating and you can even do it today. Thanks to modern and innovative electric heaters and smart controls, you can choose the heaters for your home. With Climastar, our heating engineers can take away your old gas boiler and dispose of it in an environmentally secure way. Then, they can bring your new electric radiators and show you how to use them.
Renewable energy comes from sources that are constantly replenished. Examples are sun, wind and water. By generating heat or electricity from renewable sources, it reduces the reliance on fossil fuels.
Electric heaters are only as green as their power source. At the moment, there are three major sources of energy for electricity generation. These are fossil fuels, nuclear energy and renewable energy sources. Most electricity is generated with steam turbines using fossil fuels, nuclear, biomass, geothermal and solar thermal energy.
Therefore, even though electric heating is a more energy saving way to heat your home, the electricity is still generated partly by fossil fuels. But this is changing.
By combining your electric heating to renewable energy sources, such as sun and wind, you help in reducing your carbon footprint even further.
Here are some of the renewable energy options.
Solar technologies convert sunlight into electrical energy either through panels or mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. This energy can be used to generate electricity to be stored in batteries or thermal storage. According to energy.gov the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year.
Solar thermal panels work by using the sun to heat the temperature of liquid in the panels. Then, it heats water in a tank ready for you to use. However, they only heat water, so you’ll need another system to heat your home.
Wind power is a reliable renewable energy source as it blows all year round. In Britain, it also tends to be windiest in winter, which means the wind turbines can produce more power at the time of year when we’re using the most electricity.
The wind makes the rotor spin, and as it spins, the blades drive a generator that creates energy. The motion of the blades turning is kinetic energy. It’s this power that converts into electricity.
The water cycle is a constantly recharging system, hence it’s also considered to be a renewable energy. When flowing water is captured and turned into electricity, it’s called hydroelectric power or hydropower.
In simple terms, hydroelectric power is generated using flowing water to spin a turbine. Then, the turbine turns a shaft that’s connected to an electric generator.
As well as electric heating, there are other ways to heat your home while reducing your carbon footprint. Here are two examples.
Biomass heating systems burn material in a wood burning stove or boiler to provide heat and hot water. Typically, they burn wood logs, pellets or chips. They’re often used to heat just one room and generate enough heat so you don’t need to turn on your central heating. However many stove owners have one as well as a central heating system.
Unlike other heating systems that burn fuel to create heat, air source and ground source heat pumps use naturally occurring warm air or heat in the ground to create power. They need an electricity source to work.
This may be a lot to consider and perhaps you need an incentive. The UK government has created a scheme to encourage households to install renewable technology. It could give you quarterly payments for seven years.
The Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI) is aimed at households both off and on the gas grid. You apply to energy regulator Ofgem to join the scheme, and it makes payments to you. The amount you’ll be paid per kWh of heat depends on the renewable technology you install, when you apply to receive RHI. Your payment amount will be estimated, based on your home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating.
A key element to reducing your household’s carbon footprint is to retain the heat rather than create more of it.
With Climastar’s Harmony heating range, you can take another step forward in achieving this.
For example, did you know that for every 1 degree increase in temperature, your energy bill increases by up to 10%? To reduce your carbon footprint when heating your home, the aim is to keep the heat within the home for longer, without wasting it.
Harmony radiators offer the most accurate temperature control in the industry, providing the best thermal stability and avoiding heat fluctuations. Harmony thermostats have a precision of ±0.05˚C which means that less energy is used. Other heating systems use thermostats that are only accurate to ±2˚C with some brands using a variance near this. So you can already see how a Harmony heater retains the heat for your home better than other heating systems.
Additionally, Harmony heaters work on a trickle charge technology and with Heating Cruise Control. So, once the room reaches the right temperatures, the Harmony heaters drop their power and heat the room using the energy stored in the Silicon battery.
Thus, Harmony heaters are a great solution for reducing your CO2 footprint and minimising your energy usage.
Climastar is committed to working and manufacturing products in accordance with ISO 14001. This is the Environmental Management System which guarantees environmental care and sustainability.
As a company, Climastar wishes to minimise the negative impact on the ecosystem. While always striving to improve and produce advanced and efficient products with minimum energy consumption.
The Climastar product range does not produce gases or fumes. Nor do they directly emit any pollutants to the environment when operating. Furthermore, you can use your Climastar heaters with renewable energy sources such as sun or wind.
Therefore, if you buy and use a Climastar heating product, you are already contributing to reducing the carbon footprint of your home.
Electric heaters have come a long way in both design and efficiency since they were first invented. Night storage heaters were popular in the post war economic boom when they served a useful purpose. However, Night Storage heaters can only be used economically by customers who are using an Economy 7 tariff. For many consumers however, the daytime electricity charge on an Economy 7 tariff may negate the savings offered on the night rate, so in effect there may be little benefit of being on an Economy 7 tariff.
Furthermore much of the heat generated from night storage heaters is lost by the evening, normally when you need it most. That usually requires the user to use an additional heating system in order to top up their heating requirement. This often means the use of small plug in electric heaters which are often very expensive to run.
With modern electric heaters, you are completely in control. By using a Climastar electric heating system, you can control each individual heater with a smart thermostat. So if you want your heating warmer in the evening, you can schedule it to come on at a specific time. A Climastar thermostat can control up to 5 individual radiators, so you can create zones in your house with specific timing.
As well as this, modern electric heaters are more aesthetically pleasing. The Harmony range from Climastar is designed to complement your home as well as heat it up. Each Harmony heating product has been carefully selected to make a difference to your home. The Fuji range comes in Cashmere White, but you can change it to whatever colour you want. It’s a very easy process. You simply apply a coat of sealer to prevent the paint from cracking, and then add any colour of paint you want.
Forget the off-white steel radiators that will stain and rust over time, perhaps you want a blue one or even a rainbow coloured one.
In summary, by choosing a Harmony heater from Climastar, you are taking a step in reducing the carbon footprint of your home. There are no pollutants released into the atmosphere because you are not burning any fossil fuels for your heat. In addition to this, you will gain a heating system that you can be fully in control and that looks absolutely beautiful in your home.
If you would like to discuss the Climastar product range with us, do not hesitate to contact us.