Cut CO2 Emissions - Install TRVs at Home
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) have become a hit in the UK in recent years. All central #heating #radiators installed since 2002 must be fitted with a TRV, following the amendment to the Building Regulations that was issued that year. The 'Conservation of Fuel and Power in Dwellings' amendment to the Building Regulation calls for installation of TRVs on all newly installed domestic radiators. The market for TRV has subsequently shot up, from 3.7 million TRVs sold in 1995 to around 7.5 million TRVs sold in 2003. At recent property development rates of around 160,000 new housing starts annually, the market is likely to continue its growth.
Partly as a result of the Kyoto convention, the government's view on climate change has been impressive as it has set itself a aggressive target for reducing the CO2 emissions levels dramatically over the coming years. Along with the Kyoto protocol, the government intends to lead the way on a global level in terms of reducing the UK's impact on the environment. Although the Kyoto protocol sets a target of 12.5% reduction in the emissions of certain greenhouse gases (based on 1990 levels), the UK government has gone further and set a target of 20%. There is another UK-only long term target set by the government. This target is setting an even more challenging level of CO2 reduction of 60% by 2050.
The government calls on central heating engineers to install systems that are environmentally friendly to reduce the impact of domestic heating on the nation's carbon emissions. Around a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions can be attributed to domestic energy (approximately 535 million tonnes of CO2), of which around 75% is a result of heating the home and domestic hot water.
TRVs help reduce wasted heat by allowing the user to set the desired temperature in each room individually according to their preferences. This way the user can minimize and virtually eliminate energy wastage by heating unused rooms, or providing more heat than is necessary. TRVs have moved forward recently and are now stylish and very effective. Chrome finish designs are very popular now and their fashionable appearance makes them not only useful (by allowing you to set specific temperature in each room) but also aesthetical and classy.
Modern TRVs use a system of liquid filled controls. Unlike the wax-filled valves that were used in the past, the liquid is more sensitive and as such much quicker to react to changes in ambient temperature. This feature makes the liquid filled Thermostatic Radiator Valve better at adjusting the room temperature when there are changes (such as opening the front door).
Installing a TRV is a major step in reducing wasted heating #energy. Nevertheless, it would be a wasted effort if the homeowner (or tenant) is not properly educated on how to use the TRVs effectively to save them money and reduce their carbon footprint. It is estimated that by installing TRVs and using them effectively a home owner can reduce their heating costs by up to 17%.
Another industry that has grown under the TRV umbrella has been the towel warmer. Closely linked to the TRV technology, towel rails have grown to be a 33 million industry last year, with an estimated volume for this year of around 1 million units.
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Tal Potishman is editor of Heating Central
, which publishes information about Fulham plumbers
, boilers, underfloor heating and solar water heating. He specializes in helping save costs and the environment by consulting on high-efficiency heating.