Operators of care homes and retirement village developers face a constant struggle. They are forced to juggle the health, safety and well-being of their occupants as well as considering the aesthetics against increasing financial pressure. If opportunities arise to improve health and the standard of living whilst also saving money, should they be ignored. One of the most prominent – and unpredictable issues – is heating. *Energy usage* Because care homes are effectively 24/7 operations, energy usage is one of their greatest expenditures. Equally, with care homes and retirement living, occupants are likely to stay at home more and therefore have the heating on for longer as well as the communal spaces which... Read More
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Heating costs make up the largest part of UK households energy usage. What technologies should housebuilders be incorporating and how would this impact homeowners as well as serious issues such as fuel poverty. The supply of homes has long been a contentious issue for UK buyers, as the struggle to get on the housing ladder becomes more troublesome. Whilst demand has been increasing at an exponential rate and until now housebuilders have been struggling to keep up. However, this imbalance could be about to change. According to recent research, the number of new homes being built in the UK is at a seven-year high. Construction on approximately 37,080 new homes occurred... Read More
As most of the UK glides blissfully into spring, the winter we leave behind has left a disturbing mark on many households. A study carried out by the University College London (UCL) – and brought to public attention via BBC News[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35862763] and a BBC Panorama documentary – has calculated that an estimated 9,000 people died last winter in England and Wales because their homes were too cold. Why? The unacceptable issue that seemingly will not go away: fuel poverty. People being priced out of acceptable living standards due to high energy costs; people not being given suitable access to the energy efficient technologies that can sidestep a reliance on costly fossil fuels. The... Read More
Working in the Jaga technical department, I am often asked “can radiators that have been designed to be used with heat pumps, also work efficiently with conventional heating systems like boilers?” The short answer is yes - but as with most short answers, that’s not quite the full story. It may be promising to hear, as this showcases the significant uptake in the use of greener technologies but, for your average homeowner however, completely upgrading a heating system – including the heat generation and the choice of heat emitters – to a cleaner, greener, cheaper to run system, can be expensive. My advice? Phase the refurbishment, with the first logical step being... Read More