The boiler you have in your home depends on a number of factors. For people living in rural areas, the availability of certain fuel products is something which can hugely affect your choices. For many, the choice is effectively only between oil and LPG.
The UK’s most popular type of boiler is the combi (or combination) boiler, which is compact and highly efficient, giving huge savings on both installation and running costs. For the majority of us in the UK, this is the most beneficial type of boiler to have in our homes. Conventional or regular boilers are a more traditional form of boiler, which requires only the heating and requires a separate hot water cylinder with a second tank for central heating. This tends to take up more space and be more expensive than any other heating system.
For homes which aren’t connected to the mains gas feed, your choice will likely be between an oil boiler or an LPG boiler. Oil boilers use oil stored in an oil storage tank, which supplies oil to the property. An oil central heating system will be just as efficient as a gas central heating system but is generally much more expensive to run. You do, though, have the option of being able to switch oil suppliers to keep costs down. It’s also far less environmentally friendly and needs regular inspection.
Your other option in a rural area is to opt for an LPG boiler. It works in the same way as a natural gas boiler and can give you huge savings over oil and many other forms of heating due to the lower supply and running costs of LPG equipment. Like oil, it’s supplied to the home via a pipeline from a storage tank. Many boilers can use LPG with a simply LPG conversion kit, making it a viable and environmentally friendly option for many people.
There are record numbers of people switching from oil boilers to LPG options, and suppliers such as Calorare offering huge discounts to consumers switching to LPG from oil. Not only is it a much more environmentally friendly form of fuel, but there are big financial savings to be had, too. Supply and demand means LPG prices are falling as it gets more popular, with the added benefit that the government is actively supporting greener fuel options as it tries to meet its EU targets for carbon emissions. This means that the savings to be had from LPG are growing all the time.
Switching to LPG will set you up for long-term savings for many years to come, too. It is a form of heating that provides even greater efficiency than oil, meaning you’ll spend less on your fuel bills from year to year. Any future environmental policies from successive governments are also likely to hit oil users hard and benefit LPG users, so ensuring that your fuel source is effectively future-proofed can be extremely valuable. What’s more, all new LPG installations from Calor come with a free LPG tank installation, allowing you to make even more savings on the cost of switching to LPG.
As the popularity of LPG grows, the gap is growing between older and newer forms of energy supply and converting to LPG sooner rather than later will ensure that your property is fully set up for LPG, enabling you to take advantage of the savings now and in the future, too.