When we moved back to glorious Warwickshire into our 1970’s built 4 bed detached house, which we love, we only had one concern which was the oil based central heating system.
Not only is oil a dirty fuel it was also proving to be expensive. We monitored all our costs during that first year and to our horror discovered we were paying over £2,400 to heat our house (twice a day) and on total electricity.
Oil- £1,300 + Logs £300+ Electricity £840
Problem was the village we had moved to did not have a gas connection. So, what to do?
We looked at Solar Panels to generate free power.
This here is part of a 4KW solution we installed. There are another 6 panels at the back of the house. Today November 5th at 10:00am we are generating 2.5KW which is amazing for this time of year. Now what is key about this fact.
The solar I am now generating is covering 40% of my annual consumption. My annual bill which fulfils all my electrical requirements and heating is £1500. Without the panels it would be £2,660. (Note measured total original cost above)
How am I heating the house then?
We installed an air source heat pump. The heat pump is subject to a grant which over 7 years means you recover the cost of the upgrade. Roughly £10K. There is a cost of money but
- From Time to time we all need a new boiler
- All my radiators were upgraded to latest
- No smelly oil and I am saving at least £1000.00 per annum (on top of that incentive) on running costs (40% of my electricity is free)
- The heating is on all day and all night keeping the house at a constant 20´C
Cheaper, Warmer, Modern and Carbon Neutral as we source our electricity from reusable suppliers.