Advances in boiler technology have helped engineers at Effective Heating Hull in ensuring that boilers gain better efficiency. However, if homeowners will replace their old boilers with more efficient ones with new technology, their investment will be offset by the 50-year lifespan including a reduction in carbon emissions and savings related to the use of less fuel.
Cooling and heating systems particularly those that run on fossil fuels consume 50% of a building’s energy. In the European Union, these systems which are at a level of 84% push the earth’s temperature up to dangerous levels. More greenhouse emissions are expected as the earth gets warmer and the middle class increases in developing economies.
Energy consumption in heating and cooling systems, refrigeration and heat pumps are expected to increase by 33 times by 2100. A runaway climate change can be avoided by improving energy efficiency and renewable energy.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2nd largest city, Banja Luka, a network of underground pipes is used by the district to supply hot or cold water to buildings. At least 20,000 residents are provided with heat when the temperature starts to go cold. The 35-year old system relies on fuel oil to power the inefficient boilers.
The UN Environment-hosted Climate Technology Center and Network and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development helped the city to attract $22 million in investment for a district heating network that will use renewable energy. The 49-megawatt system will use locally sourced biomass to reduce carbon emissions by 91% and save at least $1 million per year in fuel costs.
Aside from the improvement in air quality by reducing sulfur dioxide emissions by 94%, the district energy is also expected to cut energy costs for public buildings and businesses. By minimizing greenhouse gases in the environment, climate change can be limited to 2oC.
The focus of Effective Heating Hull is to continue to improve the safety and efficiency of boilers and control emissions. Routine service will save homeowner money in the long run because the minor faults will be fixed before they become big problems. Routine service barely takes an hour to be completed by professional boiler engineers.