10 months ago I wrote a blog post Air-Source Heat Pump – our experience so far, 2 months in about our new air source heat pump. Have a look back at that for photos of the device itself and more detail about installation etc.
We used a lot less energy this year than last year. Here’s the graph for 2 years:
As you can see, we used a lot less energy in kWh this year than last year. Air source heat pumps work!
Our energy cost more this year than last year. I’ve calculated this graph based on fixed prices, and I used 2021 prices to keep consistency with the last blog post, but the real-prices story is similar. Here is the graph for the last 2 years:
Why did our cost go up when our energy usage went down so dramatically?
Because electricity is too expensive!
Electricity is the right way to power our cars and homes, because it can be sourced sustainably, and in fact much of it really is being sourced sustainably right now.
Artificially-high electricity prices are preventing people switching to a better way.
Solar panels help!
In September this year we had solar panels installed. They look great and are working incredibly well. We were getting 10kWh per day from them in September. We don’t have a battery yet, but when it arrives we think we will be able to cover most of our summer energy costs using these panels.
Since the panels were installed, our reduced use of grid electricity meant that our energy costs for this year dropped below last year. Obviously it’s too soon to say for sure what the full impact is, but I can say we are very happy with our solar panels.
Our house is cozy
Our new heat pump heats our leaky house very well, and we are nice and cozy, even when temperatures outside drop below zero. The heat pump is less efficient when it’s cold outside, but still way better than a gas boiler.
Installed by Your Energy Your Way
[My wife used to be director of the company, so I declare an interest.]
Our heat pump, radiators and panels were installed by Your Energy Your Way and I can recommend them for good communication, service and quality.