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Beat energy price rises with free hot water
2:00pm Saturday 20th October 2012 in Lifestyle
With the UK’s largest energy supplier confirming that it will increase its domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 6 per cent in four weeks’ time, householders should be taking advantage of new technology to offset that rise says a Stourbridge expert.
Colin Priest, who said the British Gas price hike would add an extra £80 for the average dual fuel user from November 16, advised residents to look at the ever-improving green energy options.
He cited the thermodynamic solar panel system as an example, as it will provide 100 per cent of a home’s hot water and central heating whatever the weather conditions for free, once the system has been installed and paid for.
British Gas Managing Director, Phil Bentley, admitted that household budgets were under pressure and this rise would be unwelcome.
But he added: “However, we simply cannot ignore the rising costs that are largely outside our control, but which make up most of the bill.
“Britain’s North Sea gas supplies are running out, and British Gas has to pay the going rate for gas in a competitive global marketplace. Furthermore, the investment needed to maintain and upgrade the national grid to deliver energy to our customers’ homes, and the costs of the Government’s policies for a clean, energy efficient Britain are all going up.”
He concluded: “We need an energy efficient culture in Britain today; rising prices don’t have to mean rising bills.”
Colin, who lives in Quarry Bank and works for Noreus Ltd, agreed, but he said householders needed to take action.
He said traditional solar thermal panels work on south-facing roofs and only when there is sunlight. They provide 50-70 per cent of hot water, do not assist central heating and have to be supported by a boiler in winter.
The new thermodynamic solar panel system, which can be put on any part of the roof or wall provides 100 per cent energy all the year round, day and night in rain, wind and snow, and will even heat your swimming pool.
He said the thermodynamic solar system uses ‘reverse refrigeration technology’ with glycol, a harmless non-toxic gas, the same as in domestic fridges.
The refrigerated liquid is changed into a gas in the aluminium panels which then passes into the thermal block compressing the gas at the same time as heating and moving it to a thermal exchanger in the tank where it heats the water.
The cooled refrigerated gas returns to the panel for the process to be repeated.
Although these thermodynamic panels are new to Britain, they have been in operation in Europe for the last 20 years.
“As an example,” said Colin, “a total of 36 McDonald restaurants in Spain have installed this system.”
He added that another way to cut bills would be to spray foam your loft with the Icynene Insulation System which retains heat in the home for much longer and literally stops heat going up through the roof, saving up to £600 a year every year.
For more details about energy-saving call Colin on 0845 474 6641.
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