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The New Home Guide
Energy efficient heating for your new home
With one third of
domestically, it is
interesting to note the
cost of energy
conservation is a mere
10 percent of the cost of
providing a similar
amount of new energy.
To this end, it is important that heating,
lighting, and appliance demands are
reduced as much as possible.
If you are in the process of building a new
house, its location on the section and window
sizing should be such that it is able to soak up
as much passive energy from the sun as
possible, no matter the season.
This coupled with good insulation will ensure
precious heat is not wasted.
In fact, research shows if every home in the
country had adequate insulation in just their
ceiling, the country would save seven percent
on residential electricity use.
In addition to decent insulation in your home,
choosing the most appropriate heating is
another important aspect.
A fair amount of research should be done
prior to installation.
Attractive open fireplaces are certainly a thing
of the past and should be replaced with a
new, high-efficiency, clean burning wood fire.
Pellet fires too are becoming increasingly
popular and are one of the most
environmentally friendly ways of heating.
Wood pellets emit up to 0.7 grams of fine
particle soot for every kilogram of fuel burnt
compared to almost 1 gram from the cleanest
Popular too are heat pumps, tripling in sales
over the last ten years and consistently
improving in efficiency.
These reverse cycle heating units take heat
from the air outside your home and transfer it
inside and are up to five times more efficient
than a conventional electric heater.
There are huge differences in efficiency and
running costs throughout the heat pump
range so it is important you get one matched
to the size of the area you are wanting to heat.
Another way to ensure efficiency within the
home is to insulate your hot water cylinder.
This will prevent unnecessary heat loss.
Further advances in energy efficiency include
using solar power to heat water and recently
some homeowners have invested in domestic
wind turbines which are becoming increas-
ingly efficient and more affordable.
Where appliances are concerned, choose
Energy Star rated appliances and low energy
eco-bulbs, switch off lights when not in use
and appliances at the wall.
Heat the outdoors too
In some areas right now, the weather is ideal
for sitting outside in the evening - the bugs
have gone and the sky is becoming clear - but
the nights can get a little chilly.
Gas heaters provide not only an
efficient heat, but they are
relatively cost effective, particularly
if only lit when necessary.
However with the revolution of
outdoor heating, such as a gas
heater or chiminea, you are now
able to enjoy your summer lifestyle all
And with the efficiency of winter
heating options improving all the time
you can safely remove your mittens,
beanie and eight layers of clothing and
still be assured of comfort.
Ranging from the old-fashioned to the
new-fangled, outdoor heating options
are now specifically designed to
provide sufficient heat so you can enjoy
outdoor living and leisure activities
even when the air is a little on the
Utilised in alfresco dining applications
in the restaurant and cafe industry for a
number of years, outdoor gas heating
has only recently become a popular
option for people to use at home.
Gas heaters provide not only an
efficient heat, but they are relatively
cost effective, particularly if only lit
when necessary. With heat radiating up
to five metres, they work at their best in
sheltered conditions, some switching
off automatically in strong winds.
Most gas heaters run on bottled gas,
with bottles lasting anywhere up to 12
hours if the heater is on full power.
Slightly more old-fashioned, but
showing a resurgence are both the
brazier and chiminea. The brazier is
essentially a fire contained in a metal
basket on legs, and the chiminea takes
the form of a small outdoor oven on
With a spherical body, and open mouth
and a chimney at the top, the modern
version of the chiminea is made from
cast iron unlike its retro counterpart
which was made from clay.
A large portion of the brazier and
chiminea's popularity derives from the
ambience they create, since there's
nothing like the play of flames on a
cold night to warm the senses. Not to
mention the lovely heat and warmth
Outdoor fires are also becoming
increasingly popular as a means to heat
outdoor living spaces and to provide a
cosy atmosphere and focus for outdoor
If you are building or carrying out major
renovations, early stage planning
makes it possible to design an outdoor
fireplace that uses the same chimney as
your indoor one.
Outdoor heating allows people to stay
in substantially exposed spaces, when
it would otherwise be too cold to do so.
There is now no excuse not to make the
most of every season - so get yourself
But remember, whatever type of
outdoor heating device you decide
upon, safety is an important factor.
Always ensure adequate ventilation
within the outdoor area you are trying
to heat, and be aware that the surfaces
of each device can become extremely
Flames, coals and iron and clay heated
to high temperatures can seriously
burn curious little hands.
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