You can do your bit to combat climate change and still heat your home
Climate change, global warming, waste packaging, environmental damage – they’re now front and centre on the news pages and quite rightly.
The drive to using more sustainable forms of energy is growing and the Government has announced that from 2025 gas heating will not be allowed in new-build homes from 2025.
But in the meantime, what can those of us who live in older houses, which are the majority of homes in the UK, do if we want to reduce our carbon footprint?
We do not, after all, live in a climate where we can do without home heating.
Many of us live in the countryside, where there is no connection to a mains gas energy supply for heating and traditionally this has meant using oil-fired heating with the fuel stored in a tank in the garden.
But, thanks to a pioneering initiative from energy supplier Calor, there is an alternative that is environmentally friendly – BioLPG.
There is a range of storage options for BioLPG including an underground tank and it can be used to supply energy for heating, hot water and cooking.
What is BioLPG?
This is a new form of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) that is produced from a mix of renewable and sustainably sourced raw materials, including waste residues and vegetable oils. 60% comes from waste and residues and 40% from sustainably sourced vegetable oils. It was developed by NESTE, a company based in Rotterdam, which started building its production plant in 2015. NESTE is a specialist in advanced biofuels.
BioLPG is a co-product of the biodiesel production process. During manufacturing, the feedstocks undergo a series of complex treatments. They are combined with hydrogen in a process, called hydrogenolysis, which separates and purifies their energy content. During the refining process, a variety of waste ‘off-gases’ are produced that contain propane or BioLPG. For every tonne of biodiesel, 50 kg of BioLPG is generated from this off gas stream. This co-product is then purified to make it identical to conventional propane.
It’s chemically identical to conventional LPG, so if you already use LPG you won’t even need to upgrade your heating system or existing LPG appliances for your home energy.
Using BioLPG will reduce your carbon footprint for home heating by 38 per cent compared to heating oil.
So yes, you can reduce your carbon footprint now and as a supplier partner with Calor, UK Boiler Care can help you to make the change.