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RENEWABLE ENERGY
GUIDE

This article will help provide further information on the different types of renewable energy and the benefits. However, please feel free to contact us to discuss your requirements and options. We offer a free of charge consultation.

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THE BEST GREEN OPTIONS

One of the most common questions from our customers is which option is the best renewable heating source. The best renewable energy option for your property will depend on your budget, available space at the property, location, what type of system you currently have and more. Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to renewable energy, the following renewable heating solutions provide you with a comprehensive range of benefits.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

These renewable energy systems use non-fossil fuels.

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HEAT PUMPS

Heat pumps absorb heat from the environment to produce hot water to heat your home. They work by absorbing the heat from the environment and transferring it to a fluid, which is compressed to increase its temperature. This heat is then transferred into the central heating system, to use for both heating and hot water.

There are two types of heat pumps: air-source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. The main difference between air-source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps is that air-source heat pumps absorb heat from the air whereas ground source heat pumps absorb heat from the ground.

An air-source heat pump is an electrical device that heats your home in an energy-efficient way. Air-source heat pumps extract heat from one place and transfer it to another.

How do ground source heat pumps work?

This renewable heating solution uses a refrigerant system involving a compressor and a condenser to absorb heat. This heat is then circulated around the home through a central heating and hot water system. Furthermore, air-source heat pumps can also operate for cooling too.

What are the advantages of air-source heat pumps?

Air-source heat pumps have several advantages. These include:

  • Reduced carbon footprint by using a renewable energy source
  • Cheaper to run than traditional alternatives
  • Ideal solution for underfloor heating
  • Can be used to provide cooling in the summer months
  • Little maintenance required
  • Compact in size and highly efficient
  • Claim a £5000 grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)

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Ground source heat pumps extract thermal energy from the ground near your property and convert this energy into heating for your home and hot water. Ground source heat pumps use a simple renewable heating system through the use of pipes.

How do ground source heat pumps work?

To put it simply, a pipe with a fluid called TTF (Thermal Transfer Fluid) is placed outside your property. The heat from the ground is easily absorbed into the fluid. Subsequently, this heated fluid goes through a process called Heat Exchange, which heats your home’s water.

Ground source heat pumps are designed to work in cold temperatures which is ideal for homes in the UK.

What are the advantages of Ground-source heat pumps?

Ground source heat pumps have several benefits. These include:

  • Reduced carbon footprint by using a renewable energy source
  • Heats your home and hot water
  • A great solution for underfloor heating
  • Can be used with your existing heating system
  • Options for homes with limited space
  • Claim a £5000 grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)

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SOLAR

Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and converts it into electricity which you can use in your home or export back into the grid. By installing solar panels to your home, you can generate your own renewable electricity and become less dependent on the national grid.

  • Protection from rising energy costs
  • Reduce carbon footprint
  • Cheaper power source
  • Energy independence
  • Reduced electric bills
  • Store electricity and use effectively
  • Get paid for what you don’t use (SEG)

Those with solar panels can expect a good saving on energy bills. By using the energy from the solar panels, users draw less from the national grid. Savings will depend on system size and amount of electricity used.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that a household could cut their energy bills by 15-25%. Therefore, if your bills have skyrocketed recently and are around £2500 per year. The saving could be around £600.

However, if you don’t use all the energy from the solar system, then you can get paid for putting it back into the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme.

There are many different types of solar panels systems. Getting the right system for your home will depend on a number of factors. For instance, the size of property, pitch and orientation of the roof, type of tiles, shading, the inverter, type of panels, type of frame and also the installation design.

It takes approximately 1- 3 days to install a solar panel system. In most cases scaffolding will need to be erected prior to the install. This is essential for the safety of our team.

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Renewable Energy

BIOMASS

Biomass provides all your heating and hot water, with a clean, sustainable fuel eliminating the requirement for fossil fuel. Biomass boilers burn wood pellets from sustainable sources and create an environmentally friendly carbon cycle.

The UK Government also recognises the benefits of Biomass, and to encourage installations, are offering incentives such as a £6000 grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). Modern Biomass boilers are almost completely automated, requiring only an annual service. Simple heating controls run the heating and hot water just as a conventional system.

Biomass systems can work in most properties and they completely replace gas boilers and oil boilers. They can be connected to existing heating systems with minimum disturbance.

What are the advantages of biomass boilers?

Biomass is a modern solution for lower fuel costs and reduced emissions. Their benefits include:

  • Reduced carbon footprint by using a renewable energy source
  • A viable alternative when replacing or installing an oil boiler, LPG, or gas boiler
  • A great solution for underfloor heating
  • Can be used with your existing heating system
  • Switching to Biomass gives independence from fluctuating energy prices
  • UK-sourced wood fuel supports local businesses and the rural community
  • Reduced storage and security costs of fuel as opposed to oil boilers and LPG
  • Claim a £6000 grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)

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ALTERNATIVE GREEN SOLUTIONS

Although the following aren’t renewable energy sources, they can make good alternatives to old inefficient heating systems. For example, a new modern A-rated boiler will be significantly out perform an old boiler. Therefore, helping reduce energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

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A-RATED BOILERS

Heating your home, particularly during the colder winter months, can make up more than half of your energy bills. However, an A-rated boiler will get maximum heat energy out of the fuel it burns, lowering heating bills and minimising carbon emissions.

Therefore, replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new modern reliable condensing boiler will improve efficiency to over 90%, thus saving you a minimum of 30% per year on your home heating bills.

Different Types of A-Rated Boilers

There are a number of A-rated condensing boilers, including Worcester Bosch, Glow Worm, and Vaillant.

Getting the right boiler installation for your home will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of your property, number of rooms, energy source, and the location of the replacement boiler.

Subsequently, this is why we recommend having a free boiler quotation with one of our boiler specialists. Our customers benefit from having the best advice so that they can make informed decisions.

If you need a new boiler then please contact us for free professional advice and a boiler installation quote.

What are the benefits of installing an A-rated boiler?

There are several benefits to having a modern -rated boiler in your property:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Long warranties and durability
  • Low maintenance
  • A-rated modern boilers are often smaller, freeing up valuable space in your property
  • Boiler finance options available


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Smart Heating Controls

Smart heating controls are internet-connected programmable controls for central heating and hot water.

The smart heating controls link up to the boiler to improve efficiency and reduce the amount of wasted heat by having better control. Furthermore, users can operate heating remotely by using devices such as a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Smart heating controls are a great renewable energy heating solution as they allow you to control your home energy consumption better, lowering the demand on your energy bills and lowering your carbon footprint.

Homeowners who have a requirement for controlling the heating remotely will benefit most. For example, if you are caring for a less-abled or elderly person, travel frequently and forget to turn your heating off, or rent a property that requires the heating to be switched off inbetween tenants.

Most noteworthy, the smart heating controls are excellent for remotely turning up your heating so that you arrive back to a nice warm house.

What are the benefits of smart heating controls?

There are several benefits to having a smart heating control system on your property:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • Operating heating remotely via mobile phone, tablet, or PC
  • Low maintenance
  • Perfect for holiday homeowners, those that travel, or care for elderly relatives

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Underfloor Heating

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) claims that underfloor heating is more effective than radiators and therefore can reduce both your energy bills and carbon footprint.

A water-fed system is where a series of pipes are channelled under the floor and are connected to your boiler to circulate warm water.

This system is best suited to new floor constructions so it can be designed to hold the pipework effectively and ensure the heating doesn’t escape downwards. However, it can also be installed under existing floors.

Having an underfloor heating installation is a popular choice where a kitchen or bathroom has tiles or wood flooring. However, you can use this heating system under the carpet and throughout the whole property.

What are the advantages of underfloor heating?

There are several benefits to having underfloor heating in your property:

  • Reduced energy bills
  • Reduced carbon emissions
  • It is effortless to run
  • More space and design freedom
  • It works will all floor coverings
  • It provides safety and comfort
  • Easy installation

 

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GOVERNMENT BACKED

GRANTS & INCENTIVE SCHEMES

Schemes includes Grants, Pay Back and 0% VAT.

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