Heating systems and energy savings in British homes

Every Briton is responsible for his or her own heating system. It is not customary to use the central heating system in this country. In flats and houses of local residents are installed individual water heaters and boilers that warm up the coolant in the batteries. Depending on the financial possibilities of the residents, it is possible to heat radiators to red. But most Britons prefer to be cold. This is due not only to the principles that are inherent in the locals, but also due to the high tariffs.

Interesting facts about heating in Great Britain:

  • In England, it is difficult to find an above-ground or underground heating main. In every house there is a boiler, which works on heating the heating medium in the battery or tap water.
  • Bathroom radiators are installed only in luxury flats, houses. In such rooms, most Britons do not have heating.
  • Each British citizen can choose their own heat suppliers. In England, dozens of companies can be responsible for the heat in the house. High competition allows to somehow restrain the growth of the cost of such services.
  • Heating in the UK is expensive. Several years ago, high prices were the cause of mass protests.
  • Due to the high costs of heating, local citizens use different methods of heating the house, trying to consume heat in the minimum amount.

The British almost always switch off the heating if no one is in the house. They can also switch off the system at night by programming it to switch on automatically half an hour before waking up. It is quite normal for the British to wear warm clothes at home. And they use heaters quite rarely and only to stay warm.

Heating systems of British houses

We have already mentioned above that toilets and bathrooms in British houses are not heated. During the winter season, the temperature in the bathroom or toilet can be as low as +10 degrees Celsius. No one will waste energy in the bedroom either. Automatics will work 15-30 minutes before waking up. To heat all night empty rooms is too expensive. Therefore, special thermostats with a programmer and timer are installed on the boilers. This allows residents to adjust the work of heating equipment in the most efficient way.

Another way to provide homes with heat and electricity is to install small plants. This equipment consumes natural gas and generates both electricity and heat to warm water and heat buildings. Such a device is characterised by an increased level of efficiency. In addition, local residents have lower electricity bills and lower emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

In most cases, Britons heat their homes for no more than a few hours a day. They even have a scale by which they determine a comfortable temperature for life. Thus, British physiologists called the temperature over 24 degrees dangerous for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The normal temperature in England is considered to be in the range of 15-18 degrees. More than six million British households are kept at this level in winter. Home maintenance companies send out leaflets to local residents with advice on how to stay warm during the cold season. For example, Britons are advised not to lie in the bath for long periods of time, but to take short showers. They should also wash their clothes in cold water, as it is better for laundry than hot water.

Energy saving in British homes

In Foggy Albion, one very interesting system has long been practised to reduce energy consumption. We are talking about smart meters. They work on the basis of a fairly simple principle. If the user has funds on his card, gas will be supplied to the system, if there is no money, the supply of blue fuel will stop. There is no possibility to get gas on credit. A similar scheme is implemented with regard to the supply of electricity.

For smart meters, it does not matter what economic or political situation is unfolding on the world stage. It is difficult to deceive it. The automation clearly counts kilowatts of electricity or cubic metres of fuel. Low-income Britons switch off the heating in their homes during the day to save energy. This is a fairly effective way to reduce the cost of electricity, gas.


In the United Kingdom, the housing stock is organised in such a way as to minimise energy consumption and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Local authorities regularly adopt new measures to improve the efficiency of properties in their areas. Free advice on how to reduce energy consumption is provided to people on low incomes and those living in social housing.