Keeping warm in rural Kent
PUBLISHED: 19:24 16 January 2016 | UPDATED: 19:24 16 January 2016
If you live in one of Kent's off-grid areas, you might want to consider LPG as an alternative to oil this winter
Whether you use mains gas or are one of the 95,000 Kent homeowners who do not have access to mains gas, it’s important that you do not take your home energy for granted.
After all, making sure your home is warm is key to staying comfortable, well and stress-free this winter, say the experts at Calor.
If you’re not connected to mains gas, you may think you have limited options for your household fuel, and an oil heating system is often the default choice.
At this time of year, using oil can be a worry, especially if you’ve heard of reports of fuel thefts in the Kent area in recent months. Data shows the risk is high, with 263 reported thefts between 2013 and 2014.
Add to that the fact that rural theft cost an estimated £37.8m in the UK during 2014, with oil being ranked the third most commonly targeted item, it’s easy to see why many people are looking for a more secure alternative.
But Kent homeowners should not be too alarmed. By switching to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) you can have the peace of mind that your fuel is secure.
As the nights draw in, it can be easier for thieves to pierce oil tanks in the garden to siphon off the oil, leaving homeowners without fuel to heat their home.
If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of oil theft, you may have to repair or even replace the tank, as well as the cost of the lost oil, not to mention the clean up operation if oil is spilled – leaving a big dent in your bank balance.
In comparison, LPG is virtually impossible to steal, and clever tank monitoring systems automatically reorder deliveries for you. So instead of worrying about theft, or reordering before you run out, you can focus on running your home instead.
An added bonus is that LPG tanks can be hidden underground; saving you up to three-square metres of precious garden space which can be put to a much better use.
Not only is LPG a secure option, it is also really versatile. Just like mains gas, LPG can be used to fuel everything your home needs; whether it’s on-demand heating and hot water from your boiler, a real, controllable flame for cooking, a cosy glow for your gas fire or to fuel a gas range or AGA in your country kitchen.
Many people prefer to cook on gas, as opposed to standard electric hobs, which are notorious for taking a long time to heat up and offer little control over the temperature. LPG can also be used to run a variety of other appliances, even tumble dryers, so it’s a great, all-round option.
LPG also burns clean with virtually no soot, and has the lowest carbon emissions of all fossil fuels available to those living off grid, so is perfect if you’re looking for a greener option to oil.
Once you’ve secured your fuel and your home is warm and cosy, there are some simple things you can do to retain the heat.
• Shut interior doors: cold air can creep in through the smallest of holes, which can increase heat loss by up to eight per cent.
• Use draught excluders: you can make your own out of old, unwanted clothing.
• Block keyholes: clear tape over the hole can make a real difference.
• Shut curtains: by doing so, you could reduce heat loss by 15-17 per cent.
• Use heating controls: turn off heat in rooms you’re not using.
Find out more
To discuss how Calor can meet your home energy needs and find out more about its latest customer offers, call 0800 085 5023 go to www.calor.co.uk/home-energy.