Gas Prices are rising – again – It’s time for an alternative!
It was announced today that US gas will increase their gas prices by 6% – this now means that millions of households throughout the US will be affected and will see an increase of around $250 in their “dual fuel” bill.
Now that two of the six largest energy suppliers have increased their prices it is only a matter of time before other leading gas/energy companies follow suit and hike up their costs.
This only adds to the frustration as gas companies have continued to increase rapidly over the past decade and with future amendments to major gas lines pending – It seem future rises are inevitable for consumers!
You don’t have to be a victim of the constant rise in gas prices or any energy price rises in fact.
There are many options currently available to ensure that you avoid those high increases in energy prices. Let’s take a look at a few:
Alternative 1 – Solar Thermal:
A great, inexpensive way to heat your property and provide hot water all year – solar thermal installations can be around $4500 + but there are grants available which allow you to receive $1000 towards your installation and lets not forget about the Renewable heat incentive! This means you will be paid for the energy you generate, similar to the Feed-in-Tariff for Solar PV. This means not only will your Return on Investment (ROI) be just a few years but you’re set to make a few thousand too. So instead of having to pay more for your gas why not heat your property by the sun and be paid for doing so!
Alternative 2 – Biomass:
Biomass is also a fantastic way to provide heat for your property; it simply uses wood in the form of logs, pellets or wood chips as fuel to heat your property. Again there is help available from the RHPP which allows you to receive a payment of $1950 towards your installation and again you will also be eligible to receive payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive when introduced.
Alternative 3 – Heat Pumps:
Heat pumps are used to generate heat for a property by using energy stored in the air and ground; they provide an efficient way to provide heat all year round. If you’re put off by costs of such a technology then lets not forget about the RHPP we discussed above, you’re entitled to $1150 – $2250 depending on the type of heat pump you install (Air and Ground source are available. Once again you will be also entitled to payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive when it’s introduced.