Eco Heating Systems: Which is the Greenest Option?

Heat pump on stone bed next to grass lawn as part of home eco heating systems
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Eco heating systems need to have two things: zero CO2 emissions and a long life. One of the biggest decisions on any renovation or self build project is how you’re going to heat your home, and with gas boilers on the way out in new builds, eco heating systems are certainly a step in the right direction.

Whether you opt for an air source heat pump or alternative methods of home heating, it's vital that eco heating systems are installed with efficiency in mind. This means providing your home with enough warmth throughout the year while keeping environmental impact to a minimum.

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.