A Guide to Eco-Friendly Heating

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Heating

As a nation we are becoming more aware than ever of climate change, environmental issues and the impact we as individuals are having on our planet. However, even if you recycle religiously, choose an eco-friendly method of transportation and always remember your bag for life at the supermarket, it is clear that we still have some way to go, particularly with regards to the way we choose to heat our homes.

Fortunately, this key area has taken the spotlight in recent years with the development of heating options that not only play their part in creating an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, but can save you money on your heating bills too.

Solar panels

Installing solar panels allows your to produce your own green energy to run your boiler. Relying on the power of the sun means you can dispense with polluting gas fuel, expect an excellent return on investment and lower your energy bills.

Biomass heating systems

A biomass heating system uses natural, eco-friendly fuel, usually made up of tiny pellets of wood and other organic materials, to automatically feed your boiler. Although some carbon dioxide is emitted during this process, it is equivalent to the amount that was absorbed by the tree or plant that the fuel came from. This type of fuel also burns gradually and at a consistent level, thus greatly improving efficiency.

Ground source heat pumps

This renewable energy heating system has become a popular choice for eco-friendly homes. Ground pumps draw heat out of the earth, pumping it into a collection unit where it is used to produce energy for your home. The temperature underground is fairly constant so you don’t have to worry about relying on the seasons and the larger your system, the more heat can be extracted.


There’s no doubt a flickering, open fire provides a cosy ambience to any home. Choose to feed your flames with firelogs, specially manufactured logs that are made from natural products and emit less carbon emissions than traditional firewood or gas logs.

Before you embark on your self build journey, consider incorporating an eco-friendly heating system into your plans. With the government’s Zero Carbon Building policy coming into effect in 2016, investing in a sustainable home will place you at the forefront of the green movement, promoting a sounder long-term investment as well as reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your energy bills.

Contact us today at Bespoke Building Contractors to find out more about how eco-friendly heating systems can benefit you.