Taking control over our energy usage and the impact we have on the environment has become a heightened priority to many homeowners. In fact, it forms an essential role in the current UK building regulations, placing responsibility on construction companies, interior designers and architects to come up with innovative ways to design while protecting our planet. CHP systems are just one such solution, designed specifically to supply consistent heat and hot water to residential properties. In this blog, we’ll discuss how they do this and why they are an ever-increasingly popular choice.
What Are CHP Solutions for Residential Properties?
Combined heat and power solutions for residential properties offer a highly efficient process while re-uses wasted heat energy through an electric generation process. This means that the energy which was previously released into the environment is now re-used to produce hot water and heat a property. They are powered by fuels like gas, oil or biogas and increase energy efficiency substantially, reducing emissions including CO2, NOx and SO2. Within a home, they sit within a normal boiler system, taking up no more space than your existing machine.
How Do They Differ from Commercial CHP Systems?
The main difference between residential and commercial CHP systems is the scale. Micro-CHP systems are normally used for small-to-medium commercial buildings and residential homes while larger CHP systems can be designed to meet the needs of industrial-scale corporations. Each system is manufactured to meet the thermal requirements of the property in question. If you have a large hotel with hundreds of bedrooms and a commercial kitchen, you’ll require more thermal energy than a 3-bedroom home would with 3-4 permanent residents. The right sized CHP solution, much like the right boiler, will ensure you can use the system efficiently without wasting energy or paying more in energy bills.
The Benefits of CHP Systems in Your Home
Combined heat and power systems offer a host of benefits to any homeowner, especially if you’re looking to actively reduce your carbon footprint. These include:
- Reducing total energy costs for the household
- Improved energy-efficiency
- Reduced carbon emissions
- Independent power supply & the security associated with this
- Exemption from Climate Change Levy for energy costs
Residential CHP systems are a viable option for many households and, in many ways, far exceed traditional boilers in their sustainability drive. If you’re looking to update the heating and hot water supply in your home or are working on the design of a new build, get in contact with the team here at Energimizer. Established in 1998, we have become experts in the supply and support of renewable, low-carbon and sustainable energy-saving systems for commercial and residential properties.