In case you have never heard about district heating (as many homes in the UK have boilers instead of receiving hot water from a central source), I would like to write a few words about it so that you can make yourself familiar with the concept.
The whole idea started actually quite a long time ago as various towns and cities started growing large in size and required a central source to take water from. It turns out that often having a boiler in each apartment or house might not be the most efficient solution out there. This is where the idea of District Heating with everything that it has to offer.
The premise behind this type of heating is to distribute hot water without losing any or almost any heat in the process. This can be only accomplished if quality pipes are used to transport it. Some quality advanced solutions need to be used in order to construct and deploy such pipes and absolutely no mistake can be made in the process. What is more, only very qualified engineers should supervise the process.
So, next time you take a shower, think about all the benefits of district heating, especially if you live in a place where this solution is more common. And if you have a boiler, think how much district heating could help you to have hot water instantly instead of waiting for the water in your pipes to heat up. The solution might be more popular continental Europe, but even in the UK it is gaining more and more on popularity as more businesses as well as individuals discover the benefits resulting from it. There is a lot to be gained from this type of solution, and city planners need to realise the potential hidden in district heating.