Fossil fuels are rapidly depleting as more and more energy is required to satisfy our lifestyles.
Oil and gas will be the first to be depleted, probably about the end of this century with coal lasting another few hundred years or so.
It is imperative that we conserve the stocks of hydrocarbons and eke them out until an alternative type of energy, preferable renewable can substitute them.
High efficient central heating systems are an ideal method of conserving our dwindling stocks of oil and natural gas.
This can be achieved by fitting high efficient condensing boilers in conjunction with thermostatic control valves and good pipe and tank insulation. The use of timers and thermostats will also improve the efficiency of the heating system.
This is the next article in the series on energy savings in the home, which describes the condensing boiler and the associated programmable timers in more detail. Following articles will describe the other essential components which are required for a high efficiency central heating system.
We shall start by having a look at the old basic central heating systems, some of which are still giving good service, but are grossly inefficient. We then move on to the current high efficient systems which use condensing boilers and programmable timers.