COMPARE YOUR OWN HEATING COST
Everyone pays fuel bills, and most people are anxious to reduce them. The structure of the energy supply industry has become complex, and there are many possibilities for purchasing electricity and gas. Coupled with this are complex tariff structures which can make it difficult to find out exactly what is being spent on each unit (kWh) of heat.

To reduce your heating bill and at the same time retain normal indoor temperatures requires investment. If the investment results in lower bills, it will be recoverable over time. It is always necessary to include the following measures prior to considering any other form of investment:
Insulation
Double Glazing
Draught Proofing

Once these simple measures are done, heating will still be needed, although it may be a bit less. The heating load of a building is the heat which is needed on a continuous basis to maintain the indoor temperature at say, 20°C when the outdoor temperature is below freezing. There are ways to calculate this heating load, and some links are given lower down the page. For now you can choose some typical heat loads for different types of houses. Follow the steps below to get a quick comparison of heating costs. This is just a quick check to look at a comparison of likely energy bills. The investment costs are not accounted.

Check out your own Heating Costs
How would the cost of heating your home with change if you switch from boiler to heat pump? The first step requires knowledge of the heating load for the house. Choose one of the typical homes below with its heat needs, or enter a value for your own custom residence in kW.

Typical large detached house
Typical Large Detached
15kW
Typical bungalow
Typical Bungalow
10kW
Your own customised dwelling
Your own customised residence
kW
Typical terrace house
Typical Terraced
8kW
Typical semi-detached house
Typical Semi-detached
9kW
Next Step
To go to the next step, just click on one of the pictures. You can enter your own heat load in the customised residence before clicking on the picture.

The heat load for a building is usually used for finding the size of boiler, and a calculation template is provided on the boiler efficiency site Sedbuk.(www.sedbuk.com/whole_house.htm)