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Gas Boilers and NOx: The lesser-known pollutant

Air pollution is an ever-growing concern, both on a global scale and nationally. The main contributors people often associate with air pollution and harmful emissions are vehicles and factories. Whilst these factors do contribute significantly to pollution levels, people are overlooking a significant contributor to air pollution that is present in our homes.

Gas boilers.

The problems surrounding gas boilers and the pollution that comes from them is well documented. However, people still seem to overlook significance of their role in emission levels. Air pollution from gas boilers is a huge problem, and as the government continues to set carbon targets it is imperative that we find ways to make the switch from outdated systems to greener ones soon. 

Effects of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

Gas boilers are a major source of local pollution, accounting for 21% of the total Nitrogen oxide emissions across Greater London. This is a significant proportion of pollution that cannot be ignored. Exposure to Nitrogen oxides has serious health implications, namely:

  • Lung irritation

  • Decreased lung function

  • Increased chance of respiratory infections.

The presence of NOx in our atmosphere also has a significant atmospheric affect; NOx is a precursor to the formation of Ozone and acid rain, and when deposited into fresh water and land it harms sensitive biodiversity. NOx pollution presents a huge problem for the government and the public. Nitrogen oxide levels in the UK still remain above legal and safe limits, despite the UK government being sanctioned by the European Court of Justice.

What can be done?

The government has been actively pushing targets and mandates in order to combat our growing air pollution crisis. Their push for ‘Net-Zero Carbon’ by 2050 is the most popular example of this, and mandates such as the Future Homes Standard have been introduced in order for us to be able to reach these targets sooner.

The focus of the Future Homes Standard is eradicating gas boilers in newly-built homes by 2025. This particular mandate exemplifies the government’s awareness of the harmful pollution that comes from using gas combustion heating in our homes. However, many homeowners are still reluctant to make the switch to greener home heating options. One researcher has stated that she thinks homeowners are reluctant to change from gas boilers due to a lack of awareness. Many homeowners are unaware of the health implications gas boilers contribute to; there is overall less awareness or harmful pollutants coming from within our homes.

Air pollution from gas boilers doesn’t just harm our health – it also has drastic implications for the health of our environment too. The harmful emissions released by gas boilers is contributing massively to global warming and climate damage. Fossil fuel heating accounts for around 15% of the UK’s greenhouse emissions, and this number can easily be reduced through simply switching our heating to greener alternatives.

The route to Net Zero Carbon has never been clearer; we must act now if we want to begin reversing the damage done to our environment by harmful gas emissions. By making the switch to cleaner home heating solutions, we can begin the journey on the road to net zero carbon and a healthier future for the planet and for us.

Demand-Side Response (DSR): The Intelligent Use of Energy

The demand for electricity in the UK is growing constantly. Electricity is all around us, and without it we would struggle to continue our everyday tasks.

As the demand of electricity rises, so does the pressure on our power stations and energy generators. Many of the power stations in the UK still rely on fossil fuel consumption to generate energy, thus polluting the planet by releasing harmful carbon emissions during the process.

In the face of a global climate emergency, it is imperative that the UK government calls into action regulatory targets surrounding the use of fossil fuel. We have already started to make impactful changes to lessen our carbon emissions – 41.6% of the UK’s total electricity generation is produced via renewable sources.

At time of high demand the electricity grid relies on old power stations to deliver the needed energy. This leads to increased pollution during these periods, as old power stations consume fossil fuel to generate energy. In order to avoid excess pollution during these high demand periods the UK government has devised an energy strategy – Demand Side Response.

Demand Side Response (DSR), also referred to as energy demand management, is an energy strategy targeted at businesses and industries in order to reduce energy demand during peak times. Businesses are provided with a financial incentive to reduce the use of turn off non-essential electrical processes during peak demand times. Some examples of potential DSR participants are:

  • Supermarkets

  • Industrial Manufacturers

  • Universities

  • Commercial and Public Buildings

DSR works as to help the energy grid to balance supply and demand without additional electricity generation being required, therefore diminishing the use old power stations. Demand Side Response aims to limit the amount of time these power stations need to be used by maximising the use of renewable generation instead. This decreases the overall pollution levels of the energy industry, aiding the UK government in reaching their carbon targets.

Through the implementation of DSR we are able to manage and share our electricity consumption more intelligently, rather than simply generating more to meet the demand. Some examples of non-essential processes that large energy users can turn down are air-conditioning, heating and ventilation. Demand Side Response aims to reduce peak time electricity rates through decreasing the demand and sharing energy during these times.

DSR can reduce consumer bills, lower harmful emissions and make more intelligent use of our electricity. All of these benefits seem so enticing, so why aren’t more businesses electing to involve themselves in this scheme?

Demand Side Response is a voluntary program that large energy users must opt into if they wish to participate. Many businesses are hesitant to join the DSR scheme as some associate it with tight capacity margins and restrictions, but this isn’t the case. DSR isn’t a forcibly restrictive regime in which the energy that businesses use is closely regulated.

Rather, it is simply a scheme implemented to better manage and share electricity during peak times in order to reduce energy price rates and keep pollution levels low. Large energy consumers are still able to utilise energy during these times, they are just required to simply reduce their consumption slightly in order to not over-exert our energy generators.

The positive effects DSR has on the energy industry has been well documented. Research conducted by Good Energy found that the wholesale price of electricity was reduced by £1.5 billion just through the reduction of fossil fuel consumption in the generation of energy.

There must be more conclusive education around Demand Side Response in order for businesses to choose to implement the scheme into their energy regime. With more large energy consumers implementing DSR into their businesses, reaching a net-zero carbon future will be easier than ever.

UK EV (Electric Vehicle) sales triple despite COVID lockdown

The popularity of electric vehicles in the automobile industry has skyrocketed in recent years. More and more consumers are choosing greener vehicles as the government pushes towards its target of net zero carbon by 2050.

 

Various industries around the global are choosing to become more eco-conscious in an effort to reverse the damage done to our planet due to pollution. The government has stated that by 2030 the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be prohibited, whilst they also plan to introduce a £20m funding pot for innovation in the electric vehicle industry.

The automobile industry is one of the biggest contributors to air pollution around the world. Road transport has been estimated to account for 22% of the total emissions of carbon dioxide COin the UK. With global pollution levels rising everyday due to the consumption of fossil fuels, it is imperative that the transport industry introduce electric and hybrid vehicles into the mainstream.

 

The automobile industry experienced a massive decrease in sales during the pandemic, suffering a loss of £22.2 billion in sales over the course of 2020-2021. However, despite an overall decrease in the sales of vehicles during the pandemic, a demand for greener vehicles surged. The sales of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids accounted for 13.9% of the automobile market in 2020 – an increase of 7.3% from the previous year.

 

The increasing interest in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids is fantastic news. It shows how we are becoming more eco-conscious as a nation, and are helping the government achieve their net zero carbon targets. As of 2020, almost 1 in 10 new vehicles in the UK are now electric vehicles. With increasing environmental awareness and eco-consciousness this number is only set to rise.

 

And it is not just the UK making the important switch to electric and hybrid vehicles. Countries all around the world are beginning to adopt greener vehicles into the mainstream – lessening their carbon footprint and beginning their journey to reverse climate damage.

The interest in purchasing electric vehicles in Britain is below the global average. However, a survey of 18,000 car users across 18 national markets found that the UK is one of the most advanced electric vehicle markets in the world. As the UK electric vehicle industry continues to innovate and develop as an industry, the interest in electric vehicles is only set to increase.

 

Electric vehicle and green vehicle innovation is not unique to Britain. In large automobile markets, such as the USA, are announcing strategies for an all-electric transport future. In November 2020, automobile giant General Motors reported that they are committed to introducing 30 new electric vehicle models by 2025. Working together to reach a greener future is not just up to us as nation, it is a global effort in which each of us has our own part to play.

 

It has never been clearer that achieving a green future is possible as more and more drivers consider electric vehicle options. Making these impactful changes has massively positive consequences for our global environment. By choosing green options and working together, we can begin to reverse climate damage and achieve a net zero carbon future.

Introducing the new Acquafficient

Introducing the NEW Aquafficient Eco Thermal

The introduction of various energy regulatory mandates, such as the Future Homes Standard, seek to reduce the worrying pollution statistics highlighting the damage that the consumption of fossil fuels is having on our planet.

 

Here at Fischer Future Heat, we understand the impact changing to renewable heating systems has on the reduction of harmful environmental pollutants. This is why we continue to work tirelessly to provide the British public with innovative, renewable home heating solutions.

 

 

That is why we are pleased to introduce the leading-edge Aquafficient Eco Thermal.

 

Operating through solar and wind energy, the duo-renewable Aquafficient Eco Thermal heats water with two renewable energy sources. Initially using solar energy in order to heat water to 60 degrees centigrade; if the water does not reach a suitable temperature it will then use energy from the air.

 

There is nothing more unpredictable and unreliable than British weather. We know there is no way we can control the weather, but we can guarantee the efficiency and reliability of our latest water heating innovation.

 

Suitable for homes with Solar Thermal technology installed, the Aquafficient provides a renewable water heating solution that doesn’t compromise on efficiency due to the climate. Working in conjunction with Solar Thermal technology, when there is a lack of sunlight access, the Aquafficient Eco Thermal converts energy used for heating water through an Air-Source heater. The duo-renewable technology of this heating system means that you can enjoy hot water all year round, without compromising on efficiency or performance.

Just like the alternative water heating solutions we offer here at Fischer Future Heat, the Aquafficient Eco Thermal comes with a 5 year warranty as standard, as well as an automatic anti-legionella disinfection system. You can rest assured with the knowledge you have access to hot water on demand, without harming the environment or your pocket. 

 

The Aquafficient Eco Thermal is designed with efficiency and resourcefulness in mind, the duo-renewable nature of the design combines the highly efficient performance of our Aquafficient technology with completely renewable energy sources. It can be installed as an individual hot-water heating system, or can be combined with the other electric heating solutions offered here at Fischer Future Heat.

 

With these newer and modern options, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you are making the necessary changes for a greener tomorrow.

 

We all require hot water all year round, so why not change to a renewable water heating system and begin making the steps to future-proof your home and reduce your carbon footprint, as well as your energy bill.

Are Hydrogen Boilers a viable option?

Carbon emissions, Global warming and the UK’s Net zero carbon target.

With the UK Government banning the installation of gas and oil boilers in all new homes by 2025, highlights the detrimental effects of using fossil fuels on the environment. As a country, we have depended on fossil fuels for centuries, and this sudden ban has left people frantically looking to upgrade their outdated heating.

 

Recently, hydrogen has propped up as an alternative for homes heated by gas and oil boilers. But on account of it being a relatively new concept, people are uncertain whether Hydrogen boilers are the future of domestic heating and car-charging. Although hydrogen is a much cleaner fuel to heat your homes, there are numerous reservations about this concept: Are Hydrogen boilers safe? Is Hydrogen efficient? Is Hydrogen cost effective?

Types of hydrogen and how do we extract it?

 

Grey hydrogen: This is made with natural gas, which when heated reacts with steam to produce hydrogen (and significant carbon emissions). This is how most of the world’s hydrogen is currently produced.  

 

Blue hydrogen: Blue hydrogen production is similar grey hydrogen, but the resulting carbon emissions are stored underground – a process known as carbon capture and storage. Some “fugitive” emissions will still escape, but it is a greener process than grey hydrogen production. 

 

Green hydrogen: This is the greenest way of producing hydrogen. It works by using electricity to power a process of electrolysis, where water is separated into hydrogen and oxygen. However, hydrogen produced this way is up to three times more expensive compared to grey hydrogen and requires large amounts of electricity.  

Advantages of Hydrogen energy

 

Hydrogen is a renewable source of energy unlike fossil fuels; hence we cannot run out of it. It is a great source of energy- it is all around us. Hydrogen is also non-toxic and does not pose a risk to the health of humans, unlike natural gas and nuclear energy.

 

Hydrogen is highly concentrated with energy and has a great amount of power. It is approximately 3 times more powerful than other fossil fuels. On account of hydrogen being such a powerful energy source, it is now being tested to fuel aircrafts and spaceships.

 

Hydrogen is also a clean energy source. It has no harmful by-products released into the atmosphere. During the process of electrolysis to create hydrogen, water is the main by-product.

Disadvantages of Hydrogen energy

 

Hydrogen is difficult to store. Hydrogen must be compressed into a liquid in order to be stored, as it is a much lighter gas than gasoline. It also has to be stored at a low temperature. The immense amount of pressure required to store hydrogen is what makes it difficult to transport (especially in larger quantities).

 

Hydrogen is volatile and can be a dangerous fuel. Hydrogen is highly flammable and does not have any natural smell to indicate if there is a leak. As mentioned before, Hydrogen has a great energy content, which makes it a very volatile fuel, and numerous precautionary measures need to be taken to minimize risks of handling this fuel.

 

Hydrogen is expensive to produce. As stated earlier, the types of hydrogen we need to produce for home heating are blue and green. And ideally, we need to push for green hydrogen, which is the cleanest form of hydrogen that we can produce. It has no fugitive emissions and has a safe and re-usable by-product: water. In order to produce this type of hydrogen, large amounts of electricity is required to undergo the process of electrolysis. Hence mass-producing hydrogen using this method would be wasteful and not sustainable.

Recent research: Hydrogen – a viable option?

 

In order to create minimal disturbance and upheaval in the UK heating industry (consumers included), a great amount of research is being conducted on the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for domestic heating. Using the existing gas-network pipelines is a plus, but the disturbance ‘Net Zero Carbon’ will cause inevitable. Although, this is a change is for the betterment of our own lives and planet as a whole.

Recent research conducted by Germany’s Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research has deemed hydrogen too expensive and inefficient for the domestic heating industry. Hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the atmosphere, but it usually comes bonded to another element. Producing zero carbon hydrogen from water – so-called ‘green hydrogen’ – is currently expensive and requires a large amount of electricity. 

For most sectors, including home heating and cars, it would be cheaper and greener to use electricity directly, the researchers say. That is because making hydrogen to power a car or heat a home generally requires much more electricity than simply running an electric car or using electric heating solutions.

Taking all the factual research and evidence into account, Hydrogen seems to only provide a fragile climate benefit. In the UK, our share of electricity being generated by renewables, has increased over 20% over the last 5 years. Seeing such an immense progress over such a short period of time, we could soon enjoy 100% renewable electricity in our homes. From an unbiased standpoint, fairly-priced renewable electricity sure does seem like the future.

With more and more electricity being generated from renewables, Renewable Electricity sure does seem like the future.

In the past, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas were the main sources of generating electricity in the UK. These resources although worked out to be quite beneficial for us in generating electricity, are not renewable and hence their supply is limited. Electricity generated from renewables like wind, water and sunlight are slowly but surely dominating the electricity generation in recent times, and is a step in the right direction to attain sustainable living.

Phasing out Fossil Fuels.

 Understanding the detrimental effects of the use of fossil fuels on the environment, energy statistics show that we are on track to phase out the use of fossil fuels for electricity generation. In 2016, natural gas and coal accounted for 42% and 9% of electricity generated in the UK respectively. In 2019, the UK generated 38% of its electricity from natural gas and 1% from coal. And now only 29% of electricity is generated by natural gas and less than 1% of the UK’s electricity is generated by coal.

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) latest energy trends data published (2020) renewables’ share of electricity generation was 47% during the quarter, up from 35.9% in the first quarter of 2019. The proportion is also notably higher than the previous quarterly record of 39%, set last summer.

Gas and Electricity prices in the UK.

Currently, electricity is highly expensive as compared to gas. But as a commodity electricity isn’t vastly expensive than gas to produce. The higher levies put on electricity as compared to gas, is what makes the current price of electricity 3-4 times that of gas. From an economic standpoint, at the time taxing electricity higher than gas only increased the amount of revenue received by the Government in taxes, simply because all homes in the UK have electricity, but the same cannot be said for gas.

The government has announced that by 2025, all new homes will be banned from installing gas boilers and will instead be heated by low-carbon alternatives. The heating industry has moved away from burning coal for heat to gas (although coal was cheaper than gas) and now slowly but surely is switching away from fossil fuels like gas to renewable sources of energy (like 100% renewable electricity). This shift to electric can be seen in the automobile industry as well. This change is driven by the need to conserve the already damaged/polluted environment.

With the Government pushing the ‘Net Zero Carbon’ initiative, we could see them reviewing the levies put on electricity and gas, in favour of electricity to promote the use of electricity as compared to gas. These levies have already been reviewed in the B2B and commercial sector and we could see the UK Government doing the same for the domestic sector as well.

The Future is Electric.

 An independent climate research agency Ember (2020) state that the UK’s renewable electricity outpaced its fossil fuel generation for the first-time last year and could remain the largest source of electricity in the future. It revealed that renewable energy generated by wind, sunlight, water and wood made up 42% of the UK’s electricity last year compared with 41% generated from gas and coal plants together.

2020 was the greenest year on record for Britain’s electricity system, when average carbon intensity – the measure of carbon dioxide emissions per unit of electricity consumed – reached a new low, according to National Grid.

With the consumption of electricity in UK households increasing every year coupled with the phasing out of fossil fuels and the growing popularity of renewables shows that the generation of electricity using renewables is able to cope with the growing demand of electricity. Once all the related infrastructure is set up, we could soon enjoy 100% renewable electricity in our homes and live more sustainably.

From day one, Fischer Future Heat have advocated for the elimination of fossil fuels by going 100% electric. This electricity when generated by renewables, would help you reduce your primary and secondary carbon-footprint. Fischer have diversified from just selling dynamic electric radiators to numerous other efficient and electric products like Fischer Duo Boiler, Aquafficient, Aquafficient Eco+ and Solar battery, so that you find the perfect electric solution to swap your fossil fuelled heating. Hence, Fischer Future Heat is a great choice for environmentally-conscious customers.

Will gas and coal be banned? The beginning of the end for fossil fuel heating

Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, due to be held in Glasgow this November, ex-energy secretary Alok Sharma has called for an end to international coal finance.

In mid-2020, the UK went a staggering 67 days without using any coal-fired power for the first time in 138 years. The UK government also plan to phase out coal altogether by 2024, wand have also introduced a ban on all traditional house coal from 1st May 2023.

In December 2020, the UK government released a white paper entitled, “Powering Our Net Zero Future.” Within this white paper, they made the following statements, which may spell the end for fossil fuel heating as we know it:

“Phase out installations of gas boilers by mid-2030s – with all newly installed heating systems from this date being low-carbon or able to be converted to use clean fuel.” *

“Ensure new homes built from 2025 onwards are zero-carbon ready – including consulting on whether it’s feasible and appropriate to end the connection of new-build homes to the gas grid.” *

*Source: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/12/gas-boilers-banned-in-new-builds-from-2025-what-does-this-mean-for-you/ – Which?

The white paper also states, “Electricity is a key enabler for the transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonising the economy cost effectively by 2050,” and, “This dependency on fossil fuels will change dramatically over the next 30 years. By 2050, electricity could provide over half of final energy demand.”

You can read the full white paper on the UK Government website.

With coal on the way out, and the UK government looking to potentially ban ALL gas boiler installations by the mid-2030’s, what options are you left with for heating your home?

We have the answer.

Along with many other activities, carbon is produced when we burn fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil. This carbon holds on to the heat that enters our atmosphere, and subsequently prevents it from escaping, contributing to the Earth’s rising temperatures and melting ice caps.

An increasing number of energy suppliers in the UK domestic market are making the switch to 100% renewable electricity.

By choosing to install an electrical heating system, you can ensure that your heating system produces zero carbon at the point of use, providing you choose to power it with a renewable electricity source.

At Fischer, we offer multiple different options for heating your home and water, along with solar panels and battery storage.

Fischer Dynamic Clay Core Radiators

Fischer dynamic radiators are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, only 11cm in depth and available in a classic oyster white colour. Manufactured to include a purpose built convection chamber in the back, their sleek, modern design does not impact on their efficiency.

But, Fischer dynamic radiators are not only slimline, they also offer many other benefits.

Along with the fact they are designed to be aesthetically pleasing, they are also designed to be efficient and controllable for complete comfort and peace of mind. They have even had their efficiency tested and verified by EST, BRE and BSRIA.

Our dynamic radiators also contain a purpose built convection chamber and patented 40mm chamotte clay core. Our 40mm clay core is DOUBLE THE DEPTH of the core found within many of our competitors’ heaters, which is usually 20mm. More storage resulting in more heat and more comfort.

Wi-Fi control options are available, allowing you to control your heating from anywhere in the world, all with the push of a button.

Aquafficient

Aquafficient is a modern, efficient and reliable way to heat your water. Using a single 3kW heating element and patented thermal storage technology, the Aquafficient provides instant hot water, as and when you need it, without the need for huge amounts of water storage. No yearly maintenance is required, taking away the stress of finding a plumber to check over your system and also eliminating the cost of doing so.

There is also no requirement for any extra valves or fixings, or even a water discharge pipe, meaning the installation of the Aquafficient is stress free and mess free, even in smaller or more difficult to access areas of your home.

Manufactured specially for Fischer Future Heat, the Aquafficient uses a natural salt-based thermal storage material to store its heat. Working in a similar way to a combi boiler, minus the expensive maintenance and running costs, there is absolutely ZERO water storage within the unit itself. The chance of a leak is almost non-existent.

You simply heat the battery once to get started and hot water is available in less than an hour. The thermal storage material stores heat, not energy, and as cold water runs through the highly efficient and robust heat exchanger, it becomes hot within seconds and subsequent warm water is fed to your appliances in less than a minute.

Our Aquafficient can store four times more energy than a domestic water cylinder in a unit half the physical size.

Not only does the Aquafficient give you a much more efficient solution when it comes to heating the water, it also saves huge amounts of physical space.

An Aquafficient unit, which provides 150L of hot water, is only HALF the height of an average 150L cylinder. If you have ever wanted to utilise that wasted space in your airing cupboard, now is your opportunity with this ideal replacement for other hot water systems.

Compatible with Economy 7, Solar PV and other types of renewable electricity sources, the Aquafficient is the way forward when it comes to saving the environment and improving your carbon footprint.

Based on recent testing, the thermal storage material within the Aquafficient has a life span of over 40,000 cycles before you start to notice any drop in efficiency. In layman’s terms, it can last for over 50 years without you EVER having to service, maintain or replace the thermal store or its contents. Even after the 50 years are up, all it takes is a glass of water to be added to the storage material to recharge it back to full health.

Aquafficient Eco+

Aquafficient Eco+

We are now pleased to introduce a new addition to the ever-growing range – Aquafficient Eco+, our brand new air source water.

Air source water heaters can be two to three times more energy efficient than a conventional water cylinder.*

Thanks to the special design of the compressor, hot water is available at 60 degrees centigrade and with a power requirement of less than 10amps, Aquafficient Eco+ requires only a standard 13amp socket to install.

Aquafficient Eco+ also contains an automatic anti-legionella disinfection system to remove the risk of legionella bacteria.

Much like the Aquafficient, it can be installed alongside a heating only boiler, allowing you to both heat your home and water efficiently.

You can also use Aquafficient Eco+ as a stand-alone hot water system, or even combine it with Fischer dynamic clay core radiators. The opportunities are endless.

Built with a stainless steel casing, 80mm of highly efficient insulation and finished in white, Aquafficient Eco+ has a sleek, modern design perfect for any home.

Wall mounted and floor-standing options are available, and the unit can be installed in a loft where possible, ensuring you save valuable space within your home.

Fischer Future - Gas & Electricity Levies

Why is electricity expensive than gas? Gas & electricity levies explained.

Why is electricity expensive than gas? debate continues.  It is a well-known fact that electricity, when generated by renewable energy sources, is a “cleaner” solution than gas. Fossil fuels are harmful, as they generate carbon dioxide when burned. This carbon dioxide then sits in our atmosphere and holds on to heat, causing the earth’s temperature to rise.

A number of UK energy suppliers are starting to provide renewable electricity – such as our energy partner Outfox the Market, who offer 100% renewable electricity generated in UK wind farms.

Windmills - Future Proof your Heating Needs

The UK government have banned the installation of gas appliances in all new build properties from 2025 and the UK as a whole is legally bound to have net zero carbon emission by 2050. It is only a matter of time before more restrictions are introduced in an attempt to do away with harmful gas.

What does this mean for our future? More and more homeowners are making the switch to electrical heating now, in an attempt to future proof their properties in time for the impending 2050 deadline.

Although the Government are making significant steps towards a cleaner future, it will take the UK 700 years to transition to low carbon heating based on its current trajectory.

One factor, which may be holding people back from making the switch to an all-electric home, is the difference between gas and electricity levies, which is having a direct impact on energy costs in the UK. Do you still have the question Why is Electricity more expensive ?

Reduce your Electricity Bills

What is a levy?

A levy is an obligatory payment to the Government. In this case, it’s a payment, which makes up part of your energy bill, that in turn is to pay for the privilege of using either electricity or gas in your home.

Depending on which fuel you choose, your levy may be higher.

Electricity vs Gas levies

Currently, 23% of the total cost of electricity is made up of levies, whereas only 2% of the total cost of gas is payments for levies. This is a significant difference and one that is clearly causing a majority of the population to stick with gas, despite Government warnings about the harm caused by gas.

By enforcing such a high levy on electricity, the unit rate (or price per kW for electricity) is significantly higher than the price per unit for gas. With a focus on switching the nation over to a clean, electric future; imposing such costs will do nothing but deter people from making the switch for fear of a more expensive electricity bill.

Domestic homes emit 20% of the UK’s greenhouse gases, and the only way to bring this figure down is to switch to cleaner fuels. But while the costs for cleaner fuels are higher due to levies, it’s no wonder a majority of UK homes still utilise gas for powering their heating systems.

Here at Fischer, we know that the future is electric, which is why we offer a wide range of electric space and water home heating solutions.

Efficient Home Heating Solutions

Swith to Electric

Switch To Electric Heating : NOW May Be The Perfect Time

Today many households are concerned to switch to Electric Heating or Low Carbon heating because of the cost,

The above should be reasons enough to switch to electric heating. We do not need to look far, by following the example of how France has addressed its energy needs by nuclear and now ever-increasing renewables then we can certainly follow their lead and make our country powered by zero carbon fuels. The government need to invest now in the infrastructure and whilst there would be a sizable investment to make it will help us all in the future to have relatively stable prices for Energy. At the moment our Energy prices are volatile due to where they come from. Gas and oil prices are determined by world markets and if there is a major event in any part of the world the prices fluctuate. If we can reduce this fluctuation in wholesale price, then all of us can benefit from fair and stable prices.

 Energy companies do not make massive profits on selling energy to our homes, in fact this is clearly evidenced by the number of Energy companies that have gone bankrupt in the last 3 years. The only way we can all have stable energy prices is by producing and using our own Electricity. This is a project for the Government to make the investment so that we all can move away from Fossil fuels by not making us pay too much for the change.

The main reason households are reluctant on this change is due to the cost. However we all currently pay levies for carbon on our energy bills. In the recent budget the Chancellor has increased levies on Gas and frozen the levies on Electricity. The effect of this would be an increase in Gas prices for households. This will make Electricity more attractive to use for heating and hot water.

Today many households are concerned to switch to Electric or low carbon heating because of the cost, however it is clear that whilst there are many early adopters who are making the difference and switching now, the fact is we all  need to switch and it is not IF  but WHEN . To reduce carbon you must also insulate your home which will result in cheaper Energy bills. If you lose less heat from your home the cheaper will be your running costs.

Fischer offer several solutions for clean home heating that will help decarbonise your home and environment and keep us warm for the future.

To find out how you can START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Visit our website : www.fischerfutureheat.com or call us on 01162425533.

Ways To Live More Sustainably

Ways To Live More Sustainably

Increasing each one of us have to find ways to live more sustainably. Sustainability by definition is the avoidance of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. As our global population has grown exponentially within the last 75 years, the demand for certain finite resources has grown, and the rate at which we are using finite resources or polluting the environment to meet this demand is negatively affecting the environment we rely on to sustain life as we know it. It’s going to take a lot more than an individual’s actions for the entire world to be living sustainably, but collectively as consumers, we have the power to change what we demand. Here we’ve listed 7 ways to live in a more eco-conscious manner.

 

Following these steps goes a long way to live more sustainably

 

01. Eat Less Meat

The meat and dairy industry generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all automobile emissions combined. The western diet is very heavy with animal products, and increased consumption of meat has been linked to obesity, cancer, and heart disease. The fact that eating less meat both helps the environment and our own health makes it a no-brainer. We’re not saying everyone should adopt a completely meat-free diet overnight, however reducing our overall consumption, perhaps by doing meat-free Mondays, would be a great idea.

02. Don’t Waste Food

In the UK, we throw away about 6.6 million tons of household food waste annually – of the 6.6 million tons we throw away, almost three-quarters are the food we could have eaten. Ways to reduce food waste include using products in the order of the closest use by date or freezing leftovers. This not only helps the environment but saves you money too.

& Ways to Live Sustainably

03. Cycle, Walk or use Public Transport where possible

Apart from having zero carbon emissions, cycling and walking are obviously great forms of exercise, so if you’re able to cycle or walk to work or wherever you need to go, it’ll help to improve air quality for all of us..

Cycle, Walk or Public Transport

04. Use Reusable Alternatives

There has been a big push for this in recent years, with people wanting to move away from single-use plastic. Supermarket chains now charge for carrier bags, and many coffee shop chains and restaurants have switched from plastic straws to paper straws. Plastic is essentially non-biodegradable and will remain in the environment for millions of years, taking up space in landfills and even getting into ecosystems, killing many species that are already under threat.

05. Recycle and Reuse

This isn’t anything revolutionary, we all know about the importance of recycling to decrease the rate of depletion of natural resources. Buying second-hand is an easy way to avoid being wasteful, but if not, there are more and more new brands popping up that are selling sustainably made or sourced products.

06. Use Renewable Energy

The use of renewables is growing, from wind to solar, they produce electricity with virtually zero carbon emissions. Shifting from fossil fuels to renewables will reduce air pollution and stop further environmental damage caused by global warming.

Use Renewable Energy

07. Grow Your Own Produce

If you have the time and space in your garden, growing a variety of products means that you’re relying less on imported supermarket produce, which has a much greater carbon footprint.

Ways To Live More Sustainably - Ways to Grow your Own Produce

Consistently we settle on decisions in our lives that influence the climate, the environment, and different species. Our planet can just create a limited number of assets – from food to water – and can just withstand a specific level of ozone-depleting substance discharges to remain solid. We just have one Earth and are totally subject to it for our endurance and prosperity. So we all must find and practice ways to live sustainably. We at Fischer Future are building products to find ways to prosper on our planet and use its resources more sustainably – in a way that doesn’t degrade the environment – for the benefit of ourselves and future generations. The Road to Zero-Carbon has begun. Are you on Joining in?

Sustainability by definition is the avoidance of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. As our global population has grown exponentially within the last 75 years, the demand for certain finite resources has grown, and the rate at which we are using finite resources or polluting the environment to meet this demand is negatively affecting the environment we rely on to sustain life as we know it. It’s going to take a lot more than an individual’s actions for the entire world to be living sustainably, but collectively as consumers, we have the power to change what we demand. Here we’ve listed 8 ways to live in a more eco-conscious manner.

1. Eat less meat

The meat and dairy industry generates as much greenhouse gas emissions as all automobile emissions combined. The western diet is very heavy with animal products, and an increased consumption of meat has been linked to obesity, cancer and heart disease. The fact that eating less meat both helps the environment and our own health makes it a no-brainer. We’re not saying everyone should adopt a completely meat-free diet overnight, however reducing our overall consumption, perhaps by doing meat-free Mondays, would be a great idea.

 

2. Don’t waste food

In the UK, we throw away about 6.6 million tons of household food waste annually- of the 6.6 million tons we throw away, almost three quarters is food we could have eaten. Ways to reduce food waste include using produce in order of the closest use by date or freezing leftovers. This not only helps the environment, but saves you money too.

Dont Waste Food

3. Cycle, walk or use public transport where possible

Apart from having zero carbon emissions, cycling and walking are obviously great forms of exercise, so if you’re able to cycle or walk to work or wherever you need to go, it’ll help to improve air quality for all of us.

 

Cycle, Walk, Public Transport

4. Use reusable alternatives

There has been a big push for this in recent years, with people wanting to move away from single-use plastic. Supermarket chains now charge for carrier bags, and many coffee shop chains and restaurants have switched from plastic straws to paper straws. Plastic is essentially non-biodegradable and will remain in the environment for millions of years, taking up space in landfill and even getting into ecosystems, killing many species that are already under threat.

 

5. Recycle and reuse!

This isn’t anything revolutionary, we all know about the importance of recycling to decrease the rate of depletion of natural resources. Buying second-hand is an easy way to avoid being wasteful, but if not, there are more and more new brands popping up that are selling sustainably made or sourced products.

 

Renewable Energy

6. Use Renewable energy

The use of renewables is growing, from wind to solar, they produce electricity with virtually zero carbon emissions. Shifting from fossil fuels to renewables will reduce air pollution and stop further environmental damage caused by global warming.

7. Grow your own produce

If you have the time and space in your garden, growing a variety of produce means that you’re relying less on imported supermarket produce, which has a much greater carbon footprint.

Organic Farming