Gina Roche, care-home sector specialist at Calor discusses the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has to offer, particularly to rural care homes, which include heating efficiencies, security of supply and the fact that LPG tanks can be buried underground.
One of the top priorities for any care home will be ensuring that residents are kept warm and comfortable. However, when homes are based off the mains gas grid, it can be hard to know if they are using the best fuel to achieve this.
Security of supply is also of the utmost importance as many off-grid care homes are situated in fairy isolated locations. Care home managers need to know that no matter which fuel is selected, security of supply is assured, as they will not want to leave their residents vulnerable.
Natural gas is by far the most popular heating fuel in the UK, with the National Grid reporting that there are more than 23 million customers connected to the gas grid. However, for many rural properties, including a large number of care homes, this is not an option.
So, what are the benefits?
LPG tends to be significantly cheaper than comparable traditional oil fired heating systems, both in terms of the initial purchase price and when it comes to fitting and maintenance costs. Over the 10-15 year service period, this can result in significant savings.
As well as cost, LPG also has several advantages when it comes to security of supply. For many care homes based off-grid, this is a very real concern. Intelligent automatic top-up technology can alert a supplier when the fuel is beginning to run low, meaning there is no chance of accidentally running out. This may seem like a minor issue but in homes caring for vulnerable adults, an interruption in heating supply can have major consequences. LPG offers a reliable supply of fuel, so that care homes can be confident that heating and hot water supply will be constant.
LPG also has excellent environmental credentials when compared to heating oil. In terms of carbon emissions, LPG emits 20 percent less CO per kWh than oil and produces fewer harmful nitrogen oxides.
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