Solarcentury are suppliers of the elegant ‘C21e’ solar tiles which have been designed to fit seamlessly into a roof like normal roof tiles. Unlike conventional PV panels that sit on top of the roof, C21e tiles form part of the roof itself. This system is ideal for new builds and re-roofing projects that value the aesthetics of the roof. C21e tiles can also help with Planning Permission as a lower profile can be achieved. Incorporating solar in this way preserves the look of the roof and enables it to work in harmony with the surrounding area.
From April 2014, the Feed-in-Tariff will only be available for solar systems that meet the new rigorous demands of MCS, and the C21e tiles have received this certification.
The subtle C21e solar tiles are highly compatible and will fit a wide range of roofs (image right). This economical system has been designed to enable more solar on your roof for maximum output.
Along with the other benefits already mentioned, when having the C21e system installed you call feel reassured with a 25-year power warranty and 10-year performance guarantee.
The image above shows the the size and shape difference of a C21e solar panel (bottom) and a solar PV panel (top).
There’s nothing quite like a fire to bring comfort and cosiness in to your home. The Dimplex Auberry stove incorporates ‘the world’s most realistic electric flame and smoke effect’ without the mess of a real open fire. Looking deceptively real, the Opti-myst fire will captivate you from the moment it is switched on and complements the room it is positioned in.
The Auberry comes in a cream-white, gloss enamel-style finish which creates a homely feeling and a focal point. The 2kW fan heater has a choice of heating options which can be easily adjusted with a remote control. The stove is easy and quick to install, all that is required is lifting it out of the box, filling the water unit as instructed and turning on.
This stove is efficient from the moment it is switched on so no heat is wasted. The doors can be left opened for added authenticity and if the room doesn’t require heating, you can still use the flame effect independently of the heat.
We currently have the Auberry stove in our Demo room in Sutton, Ely. Pop in and have a look or give us a call on 01353 669000 for more information.
National Apprenticeship week is taking place from 3rd – 7th March 2014
We are delighted to be part of the Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Scheme and promoting the benefits of the National Apprenticeship week. We have two apprentices in our team who are actively working on our traditional and renewable heating projects. From assisting with the installation of a condensing boiler to the latest renewable systems such as Biomass, our apprentices understand the benefits of each technology and the difference they can make to the environment.
Our apprentices are seeing new technology being developed and integrated which reduces Carbon Emission levels, and supports the Kyoto 2020 Energy Targets.
We hold several heating workshops throughout the year which our apprentices are involved with. This gives them the perfect opportunity to discover customer’s heating requirements and to learn good customer services. Plumbing requirements will always be in demand and we are proud to provide our apprentices with skills for life for the safe installation, service and repairs of a wide range of heating technologies.
We keep in contact with the College mentors who are regular site visitors, where they are keen to demonstrate their new skills and practical knowledge.
Eco installer understands the benefit of apprenticeships. Four of our directors are successful entrepreneurs today because of the training and nurturing they received during their time in the scheme years ago.
In just three year of operation, we are delighted to be in the position to help develop local talent. Liam joined the team as an Apprentice in July 2013 and works with us four days a week. As soon as Liam joined, he was involved with his first Biomass installation for an insect farm. Liam was included on the site survey to get a feel for the heating requirements and was involved with investigating the most suitable energy efficient solution.
Liam has always had an interest in plumbing and was keen to join a company who was developing renewable heating technology. Liam said “When my application was accepted by Eco Installer, I was delighted”.
When asking Liam what he likes most about the apprenticeship course, he said “I enjoy working in real life situations and having the opportunity to work with a knowledgeable and fun team. I feel I have good knowledge on Biomass and other renewable technologies as well as traditional plumbing systems”.
Jack joined us as an apprentice in 2012 and we are delighted that he can now complete installs by himself. Liam completes his apprenticeship in the summer of 2015; we look forward to working with both Jack and Liam on future projects.
For more information on Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Scheme please click on the link www.camre.ac.uk/apprenticeships/
End of Summer 2013 – Winter 2014
2 x 12kW Panasonic Air Source Heat Pump 5 bathrooms, radiators and under-floor heating
We were introduced to our client through an Architect who was building a large rural house. They wanted to make the house as energy efficient as possible as they realised that big buildings could have high running costs.
The client had decided he would like fancy column radiators installed on the first floor and under-floor heating downstairs. We discussed oil boilers, biomass and air source heat pumps (ASHP); together we came up with solution of 2 ASHPs that would provide low heating running costs and still meet the high volume (400L) of the hot water cylinder.
We also installed the client’s bathrooms, which included double sinks, one fitted bath, one free standing bath and four large showers, each with a view of a fitted television. The toilets were wall hung and the taps were wall mounted to give a neater appearance.
The client was delighted with the install and we look forward to working with him on other projects.
Multi-fuel 5kW Westcott stove installation
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Our clients contacted us to discuss having a log burner installed in their home to provide a secondary heating source in the living room. Our engineer went through several log burning and multi-fuel stove brochures with the clients to find out which designs they liked best and to decide which system would meet their requirements. The Dimplex Westcott 5 stove we installed has a fantastic reputation, a 10 year warranty and is very reasonably priced.
The log burner helped to reduce the clients energy bills and also provided a stunning feature for their living room.
Broseley eVolution 26kW Log Stove Installation
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We were contacted by our clients to replace their current log stove. The client had researched different brands and decided they would like the Broseley eVolution 26kW Log Stove which burns only wood. We connected the stove to a heat store to provide under-floor heating and domestic hot water.
The Broseley eVolution Log Stove benefits from being MCS approved which allows the client to receive the Renewable Heat Premium Payment which is a one-off grant designed to help towards the upfront costs of installing a renewable heating technology.
“Thank you for a wonderful job. Your installers were fantastic!”
Biomass Installation for the Renewable Heat Incentive
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25kW Biomass boiler
System being replaced:
Wood burner with radiators
We were contacted by our client towards the end of Summer to discuss a replacement system for their wood burner and central heating which was not efficient enough for their home.
When visiting the property to discuss requirements, we discovered the client already had Solar PV and Solar Thermal providing their electric and hot water, the house was well insulated and was located in a remote area.
The client was keen to have a more convenient heating system where storing wood and stoking the fire would not be required. The client was already aware of the Government grants available and expressed an interest in Biomass. The most suitable system for our clients home was an automated 25kW OkoFEN biomass boiler. To utilise space, we used an out building to install the boiler and pellet silo which also allowed easy access for fuel deliveries.
We also installed a new central heating system and removed the back boiler from the wood stove to improve the heat efficiency throughout the house. The client is very happy with the results and is enjoying
Modernising heating system with a biomass boiler.
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“I wanted to change my heating from oil to a renewable source. Given the age of my property, biomass was the best option, but I had no-where to put it. Eco Installer came up with a brilliant solution – put it in a fully-insulated shed. After a meeting Eco Installer who worked out the logistics and costs and showed me the benefits of such a system. I was rather nervous before the work started but was reassured every time I phoned.
The whole build was completed in a week and I was really impressed with the efficiency of the whole team involved. As Eco Installer are MCS accredited the system qualifies for the Government Incentives available and Eco Installer have helped with applying for these.
I have a fantastic heating system and would recommend to others a biomass system installed by Eco Installer.”
Click here to discover more about biomass boiler installations.
Log burner installation
Our client contacted us with interest in a log burner for his home. We arranged a meeting to discuss different burner options, designs and brands. A wood burning fireplace is the perfect way to enjoy all the benefits of a real log fire while heating your home in an efficient and inexpensive way. Our client decided on a Contura log burner and is delighted with the results.
The Contura fireplaces are so efficient that they’re carbon neutral and burn cleanly. Each wood burning fire is thoroughly tested for quality and efficiency so you can rest assured you’re investing in the best for your home. More details can on Contura be found here.
Improving the energy efficiency of your home is not just about protecting the climate, it can make a huge difference to your finances too.
Replacing an ageing boiler with a modern high-efficiency condensing boiler will reduce your heating bills by as much as 30%. With average heating bills of £1200 per year, this would mean a saving of £360 per annum.
Fitting Weather Compensation heating controls to your next boiler (some boilers can be retrofitted with them) will save you up to 20% on your heating bills by reducing the boiler’s output as outside temperatures improve.
Installing a heating system that uses renewable energy available in the ground, air, trees (logs and wood pellets) and sunshine, attracts welcomed financial benefits.
Spring 2014 sees the introduction of the domestic renewable heat incentive. A tax-free index linked income that reimburses the homeowner for using a non-fossil fuel technology. This payment can be as much as £7000 per annum for a wood pellet boiler heating a 5 bedroom house.
To discover more about energy efficiency, renewable energy and the latest heating innovation call the Eco Team on 01353 669000 or pop into our office/demo room in Sutton, Ely for a friendly chat – open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm and weekends by appointment.