November 2014 – Spring 2015
15kW Panasonic Air Source Heat Pump
Sam contacted us when developing his new family home in Somersham, Huntingdon. He explained that the property was off-grid and was keen to have an energy efficient heating system installed allowing him to generate his own clean energy.
Sam brought the architects plans to our office in Sutton, Ely to find out the suitability of a renewable installation for the new build and to see how he could financially benefit from the uptake of renewable heating.
After giving Sam advice on different technologies available, Roly and Shane arranged a visit to the property in the early stages of development to discover which heating system would be most suitable to meet the family’s heating and hot water demands. Sam explained that the main necessities for a renewable heating solution were reliability, automation, low noise levels and ease of use.
Roly carried out a complete site survey and a heat loss calculation of the 4 bedroom property. From the requirements out-lined by the family and the information from the site survey, it was decided that the installation of a heat pump was imperative for economical heating to be achieved.
We recommended a Panasonic Aquarea Air Source Heat Pump to meet heating and hot water requirements. The family can be reassured that with the sophisticated “T-Cap” technology they will have consistent power all year round creating a long-life solution with high energy savings.
Our heating engineers positioned the Heat Pump neatly in the back garden and the High Gain Cylinder and Buffer Tank in a cupboard in the customer’s home. 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. Whilst our engineers were on site, they carried out the first fix heating and plumbing for the bathrooms.
The family are now living in the property and benefiting from constant heating and hot water. As the Aquarea heat pump is MCS accredited, the family is reaping the benefits from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for every kWh of renewable energy produced.
Panasonic’s Aquarea range of air source heat pumps deliver tangible results for homeowners thanks to its quick payback in purchase and installation costs, along with enduring savings in energy and heating bills. To find out more please visit the Panasonic Website.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Earth Day and is being celebrated in more than 192 countries.
The mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns.
In the early 1960s scientists became aware of the effects of pollution on the environment causing great concern. In 1970 the first Earth Day event took place to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, sustainable world. Following the great success, this is now celebrated annually.
There are many things you can do to help save the earth, these include planting a tree, reducing water use (turn tap of whilst brushing your teeth) and fix leaking taps and toilets. If you would like to make a bigger impact, you could consider an alternative to oil, LPG and gas.
You have probably heard the following statement from leading scientists and economist “three-quarters of known fossil fuel reserves must be kept in the ground if humanity is to avoid the worst effects of climate change”.
By installing solar panels on your roof to provide electricity, combined with an Air Source Heat Pump or a Biomass Boiler to provide heating and hot water you are able to step away from fossil fuels. Renewable technologies not only provide ‘Green’ energy but also a healthy return from Government incentives.
If you are considering a change in to Renewable Heating please give our team in Sutton, Ely a call on 01353 669000 or drop us a line info@ecoinstaller. Our engineers are on hand to answer all your questions.
To find out more on Earth Day, please visit www.earthday.org.
2 x 56kW OkoFEN Wood Pellet Boilers
We were contacted by a Landlord of a Commercial Property in Witchford, Ely who was looking to reduce their energy bills and move away from fossil fuels. A meeting was arranged in the middle of September to carry out a site-survey and to find the best solution to replace the current oil system.
From visiting the site, we discovered there was plenty of space adjacent to the property that would be an ideal space to house a Biomass Boiler and Pellet-silo to store the wood-pellets. The building currently had a 200kW boiler, from our heat-loss calculation we estimated that a 112kW boiler was all that was needed.
After discussing the various configuration options and impressive earnings from the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) with the client, two OkoFEN Biomass Boilers were chosen to meet the Business’s heating and hot water demand.
The client organised the clearing of space and our project team commenced on site in early November. We were responsible for all ground works, building of the boiler house and pellet store, up-grading the old heating controls, electrics and installing the biomass system. Our team of engineers completed the task in just four weeks, the site was kept tidy and noise levels were kept to a minimum allowing the business to run as normal.
We installed 2 x 56kW OkoFEN Biomass Boilers providing 112kW of renewable energy which is adequate to meeting the Business’s energy demands. The Biomass Boiler runs on wood-pellets, a renewable fuel which is available throughout the UK, with the closest depot being in Newmarket, Suffolk. The boiler and pellet-silo were positioned neatly next to each other providing easy access for wood-pellet deliveries and any maintenance that is required.
The OkoFEN system is fully automated and requires only annual maintenance. The business owner is able to control the system remotely from a computer allowing easy access at all times.
Following the installation, we assisted the Landlord with the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) application which will reward him financially for every kWh of renewable energy produced over a 20 year period.
With Government support, biomass is a profitable, natural and effective choice for producing a green source of heat and becoming increasingly popular for commercial properties.
20kW OkoFEN Pellematic Biomass Boiler and Pellet Silo
6kW Solar PV
Aarow Insert Wood-burner
When working on a solar installation in Haddenham, our customer’s Father, Trevor visited the property to find out more. He had an interest in renewable heating and solar energy but didn’t want to use a Nationwide company. Our engineer Mike explained how the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Panels work, the many benefits of having a renewable installation and also mentioned the Government incentives available.
Roly arranged to visit Trevor’s home in Little Thetford to find out his requirements and carry out a site survey with a heat-loss calculation. Trevor explained that he was currently using Calor Gas which resulted in costs of over £3,000 per annum. There was a gas fire in the front room, but the family didn’t like to use it due to the high running costs.
The main necessities outlined by Trevor for a renewable heating solution were reliability, automation and ease of use. The property was in a built-up area which meant it was essential that noise levels were to be kept low to prevent any disturbances to the neighbours. Trevor explained that his Father lived in their family home and preferred the property to kept warmer than the average 21 degrees but feared the expensive bills which follows. Roly explained that it was certainly possible to have Solar PV panels installed on the roof and calculated 24 panels could be installed producing 4,463kWh of energy per annum. We always advise on having a solar iBoost installed with a Solar PV installation to use the energy generated from the PV array which isn’t being otherwise used in the home to heat the water in the domestic hot water tank for free.
Trevor was pleased that the Solar PV system will contribute towards his electricity costs but also wanted to explore the suitability and affordability of a Biomass Boiler to meet his heating and hot water demands. Roly explained how the system worked and the high efficiency of an OkoFEN biomass boiler. There was enough room in Trevor’s garden to build a shed suitable to house a biomass boiler and pellet-silo. Roly calculated Trevor required a 20kW wood-pellet boiler to meet the family’s heating and hot water demands. Trevor was invited to see the demo boilers in our showroom in Sutton and to visit our website to read our case studies.
The customer was pleased that the quote was affordable and placed an order for the Solar PV, iBoost and Biomass Boiler installation.
Whilst carrying out the work on the property, we replaced the gas fire with an Aarow Insert wood-burning stove. Trevor was delighted that he was able to use his ready supply of wood. We also replaced the open vented system with a pressurised system, changed the radiator TRV valves and removed the tank and pipes from the customer’s loft.
It was a pleasure to work with Trevor and his family on this project. It has been great to see the big difference renewable heating has made to the family home. Trevor now has no concerns when putting on the heating; he is pleased his Father can have the heating up higher than normal without the worry of an expensive bill. Trevor and Brenda his wife have already kindly referred us to their friends!
“Eco Installer were in the process of installing a Solar system at my daughters home in Haddenham when I contacted them to see if they could provide a solution to reduce my high energy bills. Roly and Shane visited my property and went though various options available to us. We decided on Solar panels and an OkoFEN biomass boiler, plus a wood-burner to replace the gas fire in my front room.
I am delighted with the installation and am enjoying my reduced energy bills, also the return on investment though the Government Incentives. My wife Brenda and I found it very reassuring using a local company with a showroom which we were invited to visit.
Will, Sam and the rest of the team have been great to work with, the guys did a fantastic job, quickly and with minimal disruption”
At the beginning of 2014 we carried out a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installation in Sutton, Ely producing an estimated annual system output of 3,191 kWh of energy.
Our excited customer has just sent over his figures (1st April 2015) for the first year since registering for the Government incentive scheme – the Feed-in Tariff. His figures are as follows:
Estimate output for whole year = 3,191 kWh
Actual Electricity produced = 3,454 kWh ( = 108.24% of estimate)
Payment received or due, including export payments = £596.69 (Estimate = £549.49)
“We have earned and/or saved in excess of £835 during the last 12 months, so on our initial investment the payback will be just over 7 years! We are delighted with these results, thank you, Terry”.
To discover how you can reduce your energy bills and earn from the available Government incentives, please visithttp://www.ecoinstaller.net/renewable-heat-incentive/
Vaillant Gas Boiler
We were contacted by Rachel who was due to move in to her new home within the next two weeks. She already had a quote for a new boiler for the property but thought the price was too high; following a friend’s recommendation she contacted our team in Sutton, Ely for a quote.
Shane sent Rachel a quote shortly after visiting her new home which she was pleased with. The order was placed and we arranged for our Heating Engineers Tom and Liam to install the boiler ready for when Rachel moved in to her home.
“Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how pleased we are with the work Tom and Liam have done. They were both lovely to deal with and courteous around the house etc.” Rachel
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.