One of the major factors to consider when you are building your own home is how it is to be heated. Finance or personal skill as a builder are no longer just the key drivers to a self-build home. Ecological issues are generating an interest in having environmentally friendly homes and those constructed by the mass house-building companies may not go the full extent a potential home owner with a "green conscience" requires. Heating and energy use is a major contributor to a home's eco-friendliness. Many of these are as equally applicable to any house, not just for environmentally friendly self-build homes.
At the top of any environmentally conscious person's list is through the installation of loft insulation and the installation of heat retention windows. Technically, these ways do not actually heat your home but they instead keep the heat in to start with. As a result this reduces the need to have a permanent way to heat your home as it's done passively.
One of the greenest, and perhaps least expected, ways of heating your home is to use heat logs that you can burn in a fire or stove. heat logs UK are made from environmentally friendly waste from saw mills and are surprisingly green in the long run as they cut down your fossil fuel impact drastically while still providing a warm glow on those cold nights. (more...)