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Cut down on heating expenses through energy efficient systems

With planning and information, it is not difficult to reduce one of the most significant drains on your finances during the winter – that of heating bills. Bulgaria is a country with four distinct seasons, with the possibility of winter temperatures remaining low for a prolonged period of time. Even the most robust heating system can only do so much in the face of defective construction or harsh weather conditions.

Regardless of the type of home you live in, it is never too late to take matters into your own hands and choose an energy efficient source for heating.

Selecting an appropriate energy sourse depends entirely on your needs. The market offers a wide variety of choices, making it easy to switch from an outdated or overly expensive sourse to a greener and cheaper one.

There are many ways to improve your home with an efficient energy sourse and still keep the costs low.

The scope of the strategies depends on your needs and abilities. The market now offers a growing variety of fuel and heating systems, making it easy to switch from an outdated or overly expensive system to a greener and cheaper one.

Overgas meets the needs of customers by providing integral solutions of high quality at a competitive price. The company's newest product HomeLine allows you, for an affordable monthly fee, to connect to the natural gas network. HomeLine is a service that provides you access to all the benefits of natural gas. HomeLine builds and maintains all heating, hot water and cooking in your home so that you get maximum comfort fashioned to your specific needs. HomeLine guarantees high quality and full warranty on every step of the process of gasification.

Biomass pellets and burners are another option. The pellets of biomass can be made of wood, plant or animal waste, and currently occupy one of the least expensive and most ecologically clean segments of the heating market. Make sure that the burner you intend to use is compatible with this type of fuel, or talk to a heating consultant who can give you advice on how best to exploit the burner.

Solar energy is a much-discussed low-maintenance cost option. There are several ways to harness the power of the sun for your home, starting with solar panels for heating water. This increasingly popular system can supply from 50 up to 70 percent of the hot water used annually by a household. A more versatile source of energy supply is photovoltaic panels, which are especially suitable for mountain and seaside homes that are far from the electricity network. The photovoltaic cells convert solar energy to electricity, while the invertor turns it into usable alternating current. You may quickly recoup your investment in the panels, since electricity companies will buy back your surplus energy at good prices.


If you couple a wise choice of heating system with improvements to the fabric of your house you can further lower your costs. Improving the insulation of your living space can save you up to 25 percent of the heat lost through the walls, floor or ceiling. Strategies include taking a good look at your windows, which can be a major source of heat loss. Choose new double or triple glazed windows according to their technical specifications, and take care to pick a trustworthy manufacturer who complies with the construction requirements laid down by law.

More large-scale renovations may feature internal wall insulation, which can be done room by room or whenever you decide to repaint. It is less expensive than external insulation, which requires more organisation, a specialised company and coordination with the municipality construction authorities. Non-insulated floors can also lose about 20 percent of their heat, so it is important that you lay insulation on top of a concrete floor.

The good news is that specialist companies can help you estimate your needs and work out how to reduce the costs. Financing a full energy efficiency programme is made easier, too, by the many bank loans tailored for this purpose. Look out for national programmes as well – the grant-aided Fund for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources offers financing, co-financing and guarantees on a number of projects such as small systems for the combined production of heat and electricity, renewable sources energy for personal use, change of fuel model, building insulation and more.

If you are thinking of getting a new home, pay serious attention to the energy needs of the building. Homes built today would still be in exploitation in 2050, when they would have to consume about 80 percent less energy according to the EU directive. Therefore look for prime property, carried out with energy efficiency in mind, to save time and money for rehabilitation in the future. Buildings constructed by forward-thinking companies such as Tivon Properties already dot the bigger cities in Bulgaria, and make a very favourable investment for their rigorous standards and great benefits.

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