I’m going green in my old age, or at least I’m trying my best. I’ve been busy looking into getting myself a biomass boiler for all our hot water and heating supplies.
Living off-grid as far as mains gas is concerned, heating our little abode in the middle of nowhere can be a little on the expensive side. Ideally, one of those tanks that look like a submarine has just surfaced in your garden would be a solution. However, they can be expensive and you get tied to a supplier for your gas and believe me, I hate being tied to anything!
No To Oil
A huge plastic green oil tank, ‘doubled bunded’ whatever that means is another option. I’m not a lover of oil and it’s not very green. So, what options are there left to choose from? Well, we could freeze by doing nothing, keep using what we have now which is bottled gas, electricity (too expensive) or fit a biomass boiler. This latter option is by far my favourite which will happen, just that I’m unsure when.
So Many Systems
It’s funny how living without the things you’ve always taken for granted, suddenly makes you focus the mind. Hence my study of all things biomass boiling and other ideas. There are some great solutions out there, the only problem being that the really good ones are prohibitive by their cost. Heating systems that take cold air from outside and turn it into warm air, so warm it can even provide hot water!! Or there’s another system that takes air from the underground and you can heat your house with it. They have fancy names, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what they are called.
So, for me, it’s a biomass boiler. Like all things where plumbing is concerned, you can’t get a real idea of the price just by looking. You have to fill in forms to get a quote. One thing’s for sure though, you can bet your life it won’t be cheap. It’s fine saying you can save five thousand a year in heating costs, but if it costs twenty thousand to fit the thing it ain’t going to happen, not in this house. If you’re wondering what on earth I’m talking about, you can find more info on biomass boilers here.