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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Gas Boilers for Convenience and Energy Efficiency

Homeowners, homebuilders and lovers of clean and affordable home- or business-use heaters have long preferred gas boilers. Gas boilers supplied by gas hook-ups allow inclusion of additional gas appliances in addition to heat, such as water-heaters, clothes-washers and dryers and cooking appliances. Majority of older homes have gas lines, unlike most newer homes.

Gas has always been connected with clean, affordable energy. The risk of gas leak and fire arising from it can be minimized through regular inspection and maintenance on a yearly basis by a certified technician. Gas boilers and other appliances can be run safely and efficiently with these regular check-ups.

Gas service to homes and businesses usually come along with electrical connections to provide buildings with multiple energy sources. Hook-ups are often supplied by towns to local residents and sometimes by outside private companies. The best way to operate gas boilers is to run the gas into the home and the unit placed near the entry point of the gas supply for optimum efficiency.

Why use gas boilers?

Gas is a common, readily-available and efficient source of fuel to power ordinary appliances. Many types of gas appliances and gas boilers of various price levels are produced by popular manufacturers. Gas is also an economical source of energy and power compared to electricity and fuel oil.

Types of Gas Boilers

Gas boilers come in various sizes, shapes and price ranges. Choose the best one suited to your needs. With so many brands and types in the market, one can check the rating information on new gas boilers being introduced.
Check out units that give sufficient information on energy ratings and any emission they produce. Consider the size of your home when buying a unit that will suit your available space. A specialist would be the right person to guide you properly in your choice.
A new replacement unit for your old one may help you save on energy costs as they are better insulated and more efficient. Heating provided by these new gas-powered appliances is more efficient, less expensive and safer to operate and maintain.

Benefits of Gas Boilers

People who use gas as fuel have the advantage of an affordable and clean energy source for heating. Gas boilers have low operating costs, low pollution effect and economical to run. New models are also safer, more compact and produce less noise and wasteful external heat. They allow owners to accommodate them into small spaces.

The Future of Gas Boilers

Gas boilers are remarkably efficient heating devices which safe to use for residential and commercial purposes. They are also clean and easy to operate. Although non-renewable, gas is an efficient and economical energy source. Supply of gas is steady and with basic conservation methods not difficult to maintain for many years.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Boiler Efficiency Regs could Save 10 Percent of EU Energy Consumption

According to Energy and Environmental Management reports, new European boiler efficiency regulations could lead to savings of up to 10% of annual consumption in Europe.

Standards for energy efficiency will become more stringent through new measures in keeping with the EU’s commitment to reduce emissions and improve energy use in the homes over the coming years.

The changes in minimum specifications for energy efficiency will mean that homeowners could benefit from saving thousands on energy cost by 2020.

The new Eco design Directive will set the technical specifications for designing water heaters and boilers, with new labeling guidelines that will facilitate identification of efficiency of particular brands.

Homes operating boilers using gas or oil account for 17% of the total emissions in the EU. From 2015, the measures will see old-style boilers phased out across the region, with new appliances to be graded from ‘A double+’ to ‘G’, depending on their comparative efficiency ratings.

The European Environmental Bureau estimates that about 15% of the energy efficiency targets set for EU 2020 will arise from the implementation of the Directive on the use of domestic appliances. This is a significant step towards attaining a 20% improvement in EU energy efficiency from 2005.

Environmental activists welcomed the bright outlook that the directive will produce as more efficient consumption will reduce emissions and their onerous impact on the climate.
Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin said the move to lessen domestic energy-waste would aid in attaining targets on CO2 emissions reduction and alleviate the effects of climate change.

The measures could greatly decrease levels of energy consumption in tens of millions of homes in Europe. Applying this approach in other regions, or implementing similar methods to enhance related measures to increase efficiency, could have a significant and enduring impact on the environment.
However, certain groups have voiced out their apprehensions about the higher prices of appliances and the stringent policy guidelines that may see other types of energy-efficient water-heaters priced out of the market.
Dana Popp of the Association of the European Heating Industry said that the changes could lead some families to convert to electric water-heaters – a turn that could actually increase emissions within a short duration.

New boilers are seen to sell at around 60% more than the present market prices due to the regulation; however, efficiency will rise from 50% to 81% across two standard models. This means homeowners can recover the additional purchase expense from their reduced annual energy costs.