What are your heating options for the future?

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What are your heating options for the future?

The Government’s budget announcement in March detailed a strong backing of renewable energy installations. It detailed air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. As users of heating oil, you may be targeted with marketing material suggesting that your only viable option for green energy are heat pumps: this is not the case.

At Tate Oil, we want to help you find the ideal solution for your home. We proudly provide a variety of heating options. From heat pumps to solar panels and even the potential of using HVO, we want to show complete transparency on potential costs and efficiency. Check out our options below!


Coming soon to Tate Oil, Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is a fairly new, green fuel alternative. HVO is already available for commercial use. With up to 90% less emissions than its predecessor, HVO is a drop-in replacement for most fuels. HVO is made from vegetable oils and waste materials. A specialist process takes place to transform the matter into a suitable fuel alternative. HVO is the easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint, and may only cost approx. £500 to retrofit your boiler with the right parts, such as new filters. Our trade association, UKIFDA, are looking at ways the fuel industry can supply HVO for domestic use – you can find out more about how you can help support the campaign, Future Ready Fuels, here!

Air source heat pumps:

Air source heat pumps (ASHP) have a similar compression cycle to a fridge: using a fan, it absorbs the outside air at a low temperature, turning it into a fluid. This fluid then goes through the unit – increasing the fluid’s temperature – and provides heat for both your home and your water. ASHP’s have an average installation cost of £7,000-£11,000. Although ASHP’s are initially a large financial outlay, they could save you thousands of pounds in energy costs. Over the years they are very efficient – not to mention the environmental benefits!

Ground source heat pumps:

Ideal for a large garden with plenty of sun, a ground source heat pump (GSHP) uses the heat from the ground to warm your home and water. Pipework is laid under your grass or paving, and using a mixture of water and antifreeze, the pipes draw heat from the surrounding soil. The heated water then goes into the heat exchanger, and is eventually dispersed into your full heating system. It can be used for radiators, water, underfloor heating and more! GHSP’s can cost anything between £14,000 – £19,000. The pumps offer a long-standing, emission free heating solution for your home.

Solar thermal panels:

Solar thermal panels, similar to solar PV panels, use the sun’s energy to emit heat into your home. Using the same technology as the more compact air source heat pump, the solar thermal panel uses a mix of water and antifreeze. The pump then condenses the energy to provide free, efficient heating. As a slightly cheaper option, solar thermal panel installations are approximately £3,000 – £6,000, depending on the size of the panels needed. STP’s are a well-established solution, which have provided thousands of homes with free heating!

Solar PV panels:

Coming soon to Tate Oil, we’ll also be helping you reduce your carbon footprint with solar PV panels! Using the same method as its sister product (solar thermal), solar photovoltaic (PV) system’s soak up the sun’s energy and convert it into clean, renewable electricity. Contrary to belief, solar PV panels even work in cloudy conditions – which is great given the unpredictable British weather! Although solar PV panels are initially priced between £5,000-£8,000 – your future electricity bills will be practically non-existent, as you’ll be using free energy from the sun. Solar PV panel’s are a great alternative to using on-the-grid electricity, and will save you thousands in energy bills!

Would you like to support the fuel industry’s campaign for better, more affordable fuel?

Our trade association, UKIFDA, have joined forces with OFTEC to launch a campaign for the use of HVO in domestic boilers. With successful trials already happening in the UK, UKIFDA are calling for the Government to make a significant reduction to the cost of HVO, making it more accessible for domestic use. We fully support the Future Ready Fuels campaign, and believe it’s one of the cheapest and easiest ways to transition to an environmentally friendly fuel. There are 1.5 million homes currently uses heating oil – if the Government agree to a tax reduction on HVO, we could meet the Net Zero 2050 targets with ease.

If you’d like to know more about the Future Ready Fuels campaign, please visit their website and sign up to their newsletter! Your opinion matters, which is why we’re asking all our readers to use this opportunity to show the Government how willing homeowners are to using a greener, clean fuel.

There are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but it may be difficult to work out which solution is best for you. Need help picking the right renewable energy installation? Just get in touch with Tate Oil, and one of our friendly team members will be happy to provide information! Our newest division, Tate Heat, provides renewable energy installation to Yorkshire and Lincolnshire – just give us a call to discuss how you can reduce your carbon emissions!

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