September 2014 – January 2015
- 9kW Panasonic T-Cap Air Source Heat Pump
- 3kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
- Charnwood log burner
Roly worked with local Architect Freeman Brear to specify the design of the new build project in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, builders Salmon Brothers, and the homeowner, to build and establish the ultimate eco-house.
The main necessities outlined by the client for a renewable heating solution were reliability, automation and ease of use. The development was taking place in a built-up area which meant it was essential that noise levels were to be kept low to prevent any disturbances.
Having investigated what the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) entailed, the family opted to have an air source heat pump installed. We suggested a Panasonic Aquarea system which would meet heating and hot water requirements. The Panasonic offers fantastic noise levels, making it ideal for built-up areas. And with the “T-Cap” technology they can be sure of consistent power all year round.
Our engineers positioned the Panasonic T-Cap Air Source Heat Pump against the side of the house in the garden, along with a High Gain Cylinder and Buffer Tank hidden at the back of the garage. Once the Air Source Heat Pump was firmly in place, we were able to integrate the system to enhance the capabilities of the properties newly installed under-floor heating, radiators, towel rails and hot water.
This eco-conscious family also opted for integrated Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels on the roof of the property, providing electricity with a Solar iBoost which diverts excess energy from the PV array to heat the water in the tank for free.
Throughout the progression of the new build, we installed the bathrooms and also a Charnwood log burner in the living room.
The project completed in January 2015, a mere five months after it began. The family has now moved into the property and is benefitting from constant heating and hot water. As the Aquarea heat pump is MCS accredited, the homeowner is also reaping the benefits from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Feed-in Tariff (for solar) for every kWh of renewable energy produced.
The attraction of a self-build project is that the owner can put more consideration into the products they specify, and explore how these solutions can benefit them in the future. It comes as no surprise that renewable technology is a high priority for self-build projects, and we are seeing the attention turn from traditional heating systems, to solutions such as Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) and Solar panels. To find out how you can benefit, please give us a call on 01353 669000 or e-mail Rebecca@ecoinstaller.net or visit our showroom: 69 High Street, Sutton, Ely, Cambs, CB6 2NL.
If you own the roof space and run a business during office hours, we can provide you with an income that also reduces electricity bills.
The Government has introduced funding to reward business owners for the uptake of renewable heating, most often turning heating costs into a profit. The Feed-in Tariff allows businesses to make significant savings on energy bills while helping to improve their reputation as a low carbon company.
The Feed-in Tariff:
The Feed-in Tariff is rewarded to Business and Home owners for the use of Solar power for 20 years. The current tariff (February 2015) for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations up to 4kW’s is 13.88p per kWh.
Our team of Solar professionals have been installing Solar PV across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk the last 5 years and have a range of case studies including both in-roof, on-roof and ground-mounted systems.
Over the last 5 years, our installers have seen a great improvement in the quality of components and a significant reduction in the price of installed systems, which has seen demand for Solar PV grow again.
Examples of savings:
1. 4kW installation in January 2011 cost over £16,000, a similar installation today would be just £6,500
2. Average payback for Commercial Solar PV installations are 6 to 7 years with payments index-linked and tax-free for 20 years from the start of contract.
The Government are currently reviewing the possibility of transferring solar panels from one premise to another after two years of installation, allowing business owners to continue to earn from the Feed-in Tariff. This looks to be approved around June time, please keep our Facebook page in your newsfeeds for updates.
For a free impartial assessment of your roof for Solar PV, contact our friendly team on 01353 669000 or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org today.
2014 has been an exciting year for renewable heating installations with domestic and non-domestic users taking advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Feed-in Tariff (FiT), Government financial incentives for the uptake of renewable.
As the number of renewable heating installations continues to grow across the country, the Department of Energy Climate Change announced a 10% degression on RHI and FiT tariff’s from 1st January 2015. With the reduced tariffs, it is predicted that costs of heating technologies will also reduced accordingly.
Renewable Heat Incentive Tariff:
From the 1st January 2015, the domestic RHI reduced from 12.2p per kWh to 10.98p per kWh for Biomass Boilers and the commercial RHI reduced from 7.6p per kWh to 6.8p per kWH for Biomass Boilers.
This degression will only apply to applications submitted from 1st January 2015. All customers already receiving the RHI will not be affected and customers who apply for the RHI before 1st January 2015 will receive the current tariff at the time of 12.2p per kWh or renewable energy produced.
From 1st January 2015, the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) degressed by 3.5% for <50kW systems.
The FiT rates for installations with an eligibility date on or after 1 January 2015 will be as follows:
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If you have any queries regarding the RHI tariffs, please visit the Ofgem website (www.ofgem.gov.uk) or call 0300 003 0744.
To find out how you can benefit from renewable heating or to book an appointment with our Renewable Heating Specialists, please give our team a call on 01353 66900.
Please click here to view a range of renewable heating case studies across East Anglia including Ramsey, Ely, St Ives, Huntingdon and Peterborough.
Add energy efficiency to your New Year’s resolution for 2015.
It’s that time of year again. With the arrival of a New Year, most of us are starting to think about New Year’s Resolutions. Losing weight is often top of the list along with saving money, and one of the best ways to save money is by saving energy in your home.
You can make small changes such as changing your light bulbs to LED which last approximately 50 times longer than a standard bulb. LED bulbs may cost slightly more than a normal bulb but you can save up to 75% off your yearly lighting costs. You could consider having the latest room thermostats fitted; every radiator can be individually controlled from a smartphone or tablet at any location providing true zone control heating at an incredibly low cost. You could also look in to improving the insulation of your home by upgrading your windows or roof insulation. Most homes have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which makes recommendations to improve the efficiency of the home.
As well as making small changes, you could also explore different heating options. A renewable heating technology such as a Biomass Boiler or an Air Source Heat Pump will reduce your heating bills, improve the comfort of your home, provide you with an investment through Government Incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) or Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and avoid the yearly increase in energy bills for electricity, oil, gas and LPG.
There are many different renewable heating options available; our team are fully qualified to install the latest renewable and traditional heating systems. There is no other local company with this level of competence in such a wide range of products and services.
Contact us on 01353 669000 or visit us at 69 High Street, Sutton, Ely for assistance on how to conserve energy or to find out more about smart heating options. We offer advice along with free quotes to ensure the best design is achieved.
Being energy efficient is a great way to begin 2015!
Happy New Year from everyone at Eco Installer.
18kW Warmflow Biomass Boiler
Renewable Heat Incentive Payments:
Approximately £4,100 per year
Mr Young’s boiler had broken and he needed a replacement quickly. With a young family he was keen to consider the environment and preferred a renewable energy system to heat his family home in Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire.
Working with a limited budget and space, we surveyed his property and recommended the installation of a pellet boiler as it would provide sufficient heat for his existing radiators and hot water cylinder.
The Warmflow pellet boiler was chosen as it was within his budget and could be installed outside the house thanks to its weather proof casing, freeing up space in their existing utility room.
The whole installation was completed within a few days and they are now enjoying a warmer home, with lower heating bills and a boiler that provides an income every time it runs!
Ground-mounted 4kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
Mr and Mrs Stubbs contacted us with an interest in having Solar PV Panels installed at their property in Wilburton, Ely.
Roly visited the property to discover the best location to install the Solar Panels. There wasn’t enough roof space on the family home to install an efficient solar system which led to discussions to installing a south facing ground-mounted system at area of land at the bottom of the garden. Roly conducted a detailed survey of the area to ensure the land was suitable for the Solar Installation and to check that the cables would run correctly from the panels to the house.
Once Roly and the customers were satisfied with the location of the solar PV panels, Roly submitted a DNO G59 application to the UK Power Network for a 10kW system which was declined as there was not enough space within the network. The system was reduced to 4kW which didn’t require permission from the DNO. As the system was being ground mounted Mr Stubbs had to apply for Planning Permission and a ‘Change of Use’ from the local Planning Authority which was approved.
Mike, Tom and Liam installed the 16 solar panels over 3 days. We chose Sunrise Panels which we have installed on many occasions before, they have a European Warranty providing a “Twelve Years Repair, Replacement or Refund Warranty” ensuring reassurance to our customer.
Following the installation Mike, our qualified electrician installed a Solar iBoost in the property which uses the energy generated from the PV array which isn’t being otherwise used in the home to heat the water in the tank for free.
Mr and Mrs Stubbs were able to apply for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) which is a Government Incentive scheme providing tax-free, index linked quarterly payment for 20 years to owners of MCS approved generation systems.
Mr and Mrs Stubbs are delighted that they will be approximately £905 a year better off following his solar installation.
We thank you for your custom during 2014 and look forward to being of assistance to you in the new year.
Christmas and New Year opening hours:
24th December 8am to 1pm
25th December closed all day
26th December closed all day
27th December closed all day
28th December closed all day
29th December 8am to 4.30pm
30th December 8am to 4.30pm
31st December 8am to 1pm
1st January closed all day
2nd January closed all day
3rd January closed all day
4th January closed all day
When the office is closed, if you have an issue, please feel free to leave a message on 01353 669000. We will check the answer phone whenever possible
We cannot guarantee any level of service at closed times during the Christmas and New Year period as our engineers will be enjoying a well earned rest with their families and will most likely have had a festive drink or two, preventing them from driving.
Thank you, Merry Christmas from everyone at Eco Installer
MCZ Thema Air’ wood-pellet stove
We were contacted by a local building firm who were working on a new build. They were eager to have us work with them on this project as we had worked with them on many occasions providing renewable heating and plumbing services.
Their customer was keen to have an ‘MCZ Thema Air’ wood-pellet stove installed in their living room which can be controlled via a remote control, smart phone or tablet allowing them to programme the on/off times, set the desired temperature and adjust power and ventilation from both inside and outside of the house.
The Thema Air measures just 80cm in height and comes in a selection of different colours allowing the customer to choose the perfect burner for their home.
From Spring 2015, the Thema Air looks to be included in the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, providing the customer with a financial return for every kWh of renewable energy produced.
9kW Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panel Installation
We were contacted by a local building firm who were working on the Mildenhall Museum which was built in the 1950’s. The Museum was undergoing improvements and the client was interested in having Solar PV Panels on the roof which would reduce their energy bills. The building firm were eager to have us work with them on this project as we have ample experience in renewable installations, especially Solar.
Roly visited the museum to meet the client and carry out a site survey; he calculated that 30 panels could be installed on the East/West facing roofs producing up to 7181 Kilowatt hours per annum. Roly explained how the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) works and calculated that they would earn approximately £1,600 per year for 20 years from the Government Scheme.
Roly came back to the office and designed a Solar PV system that complied with the best-practice guidelines and also adhered to the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) standards which would allow for the customer to apply for the FiT.
The client was pleased with the system details and quote received and was keen to proceed with the installation. The client was excited to have BenQ 327Watt Solar panels installed instead of the usual 240 or 250Watt panels. The BenQ panels are at the bleeding edge, right at the forefront of technology.
Mike, Tom and Liam completed the installation in just three days. Our professional team of engineers kept the site tidy and the scaffolding was positioned so the museum could run as normal.
The three inverters which convert DC electricity produced by the solar panels into useable AC power were positioned in an office inside the Museum.
The solar power is used for all electrical appliances such as lighting, extractor fans etc and their gas boiler is still used for heating and hot water.
This system is currently our largest Solar PV installation!
“We found Eco Installers to be reliable, helpful and tidy workers. They kept to their time schedule and organized their scaffolders to work with a minimum of fuss” – Stephanie Palmer (Chair or Mildenhall Museum).
20kW OkoFEN Pellematic Biomass Boiler and Pellet Silo
Mr & Mrs Young contacted us with a requirement to replace their ageing Aga which was providing their heating and hot water. The customers were planning improvements for their home in Swaffham Bulbeck and were keen to have the heating system updated at the same time.
Shane visited the customer’s home and went through the different options available. Mr & Mrs Young were eager to have a renewable heating system and expressed an interest in wood-pellet heating. They had visited our website and read about OkoFEN Biomass Boilers, they were particularly impressed that this system is simple to use and requires very little maintenance.
After carrying out heat loss calculations, a site survey and viewing the figures from an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), Shane recommended the installation of a 20kW OkoFEN Pellematic Biomass Boiler to meet their heating and hot water demands. A Biomass Boiler burns wood pellets, a renewable fuel which is available throughout the UK, with the closest depot being in Newmarket, Suffolk. By having a Biomass Boiler installed, our customer will have reduced energy costs, lower CO2 levels and will be able to apply for the Governments domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a tax-free and index-linked quarterly payment for every kW of energy produced.
The customers were pleased that the quote was so affordable and the information was received shortly after. Our Engineers Adam, Sam and Liam completed the installation of the Biomass Boiler and Pellet Silo (providing storage for the wood-pellet fuel) in the customer’s garage within a week.
Following the Biomass Boiler installation, Sam went back to the house and replaced the radiators on the ground floor and first floor and then explained to the customer how the new system worked.