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Rural Homeowner Heating Solutions Were Stuck In The Dark Ages Until Now…

Rural Homeowner Heating Solutions Were Stuck In The Dark Ages Until Now…

Living in the rural areas within Scotland often means you are not close to a mains gas connection, forcing you to heat your home with more expensive off-grid fuel sources and systems.

These vary from domestic heating oil, LPG gas, electric night storage heating, electric wet systems, solid fuels such as wood, coal and peat.

Do You Qualify For A £11,500 Government Incentive?

Oil Prices are volatile and can be subject to drastic changes caused by global trends.

In 2018 we have seen the unit price rise to over 60p per litre.

According to The Telegraph, an average home uses around 2500 litres of oil per year which results in an average annual heating bill of £1500.

Compare this to the average 2018 annual domestic mains gas bill of £646, published by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

What options do you have to reduce your Oil Spend?

The traditional choice would be to install a new high efficiency oil boiler, reducing your oil usage by up to 25% depending on the age and efficiency of your current system.

This is the simplest option and can generally be completed within a few days.

A more efficient and effective way to reduce rising off grid fuel costs would be to install a renewable energy heating system.

Renewable energy products such as air source heat pumps are widely used to replace oil fired boilers, LPG boilers, electric wet systems and storage heating.

With a massive efficiency rating of 350%, the reduction in energy bills can be up to 60%.

Air source heat pumps are also backed by the government renewable heating incentive of up to £11,500, which combined with your energy bill savings, makes this an attractive option.

Is An Air Source Heat Pumps Right For You?

What is a heat pump?

An air source heat pump transfers the warmth from the outside air, to a heating system inside the property.

The heating system works under the principle of vapour compression refrigeration, resembling the way a household fridge works, only in reverse.

Using an air source heat pump as part of a domestic heating solution gives the opportunity to absorb heat from the outside air and transfer it inside into hot water-filled radiators, underfloor heating and a domestic hot water supply.

The good news is this is not means tested, however, there are some criteria set out to qualify for the £11,500 Government incentive known as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI);

  1. Are you the homeowner?
  2. Have you claimed before?
  3. Is the product eligible?

The best thing to do is contact an installer to enquire about the eligibility.

Do You Qualify For A £11,500 Government Incentive?

In terms of fuel savings, figures published by the Energy Saving Trust suggest that, depending on what fuel type the heat pump is replacing, could save you from £300 to £1,090 per year.

In addition to the savings, and if you qualify the “Renewable Heat Incentive” (RHI) would pay you up to £11,500 over the next seven years.

The payment is also index linked meaning it will also rise with inflation over that period, making heat pumps, as an investment, much more attractive.

Example of savings per year by switching to an air source heat pump

Check your homes suitability for Air Source Heat Pumps. Get your results by starting here:

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2019 UK Edition – Are Solar Panels & Battery Storage A Good Investment For Your Property?

2019 UK Edition – Are Solar Panels & Battery Storage A Good Investment For Your Property?

by Susie McArthur | May 23, 2019 | Energy

Here in the UK, we’ve witnessed a dramatic rise in installations of “solar photovoltaic (PV) panels”
all over the country; there are probably houses in your own street with this technology fitted to the roof.

The UK now boasts over 12,000MW of installed solar capacity, compared to just 31MW at the beginning of 2010. Love them or not, they have helped greatly in the reduction of our carbon footprint!

With the recent end of the Government’s “Feed-in Tariff,” consumers are now looking to “self-consume” and use all of the electricity produced from their systems instead of putting it back into the grid.
This is now being made possible with the introduction of battery storage which is now available and affordable.

No doubt you’ve heard plenty about solar panels, but could you own them yourself?

What questions should you ask to determine if your home is suitable, and what are the consequences for your investment if your home isn’t exactly right? Let’s find out.


Is your home solar panel & battery storage suitable?

Are Solar Panels Right For Me?

1. Orientation Is Key

The way your roof faces can make a big difference to its suitability for solar. In an ideal world, you would have a pitched roof facing due south, ready to catch the maximum amount of sunshine throughout the day, but how many of us live in a house that is so perfectly orientated? As a general rule, if you have a surface which faces south-east or south-west, that’s fine. You can even install panels on a roof which faces due east or west and you will only incur approximately a 15 per cent drop in energy output.

2. How much roof space do you have?

Unlike solar thermal (hot water panels) which is not much bigger than a radiator, solar PV (electricity panels) require a larger amount of space. As a rough guide, you’ll need an area of about the size of a parking space for a typical array, although the precise size will depend on the capacity of the system you are installing.

3. What about the shade?

Heavy shading is bad news for solar panels. Take note of any tall trees, chimneys and other buildings nearby, and decide whether they are likely to cast a shadow on your solar system at any point during the day.

4. How strong is your roof?

Most modern roofs will be able to accommodate the weight of solar panels, no problem. However, it is important to work with an installer who carries out structural assessments to ensure your roof is not damaged. An old or weak roof doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have PV, only that you’ll need to take steps to strengthen it first.

Still Not Sure If Solar Panels Are Right For You?

5. What’s the angle of your roof?

The ideal angle for a solar panel is between 30 and 45 degrees, which isn’t a million miles away from every type of angle you’ll normally see on a pitched roof in the UK.

It is possible to install panels with pitches as shallow as 15 degrees up to 50 degrees, but outside of that range, the efficiency would start to reduce significantly. You can have solar PV installed on flat roofs using a frame to angle them perfectly, but you’ll need to make sure that the flat roof can take the weight.

6. Where do you live?

As a general rule, it doesn’t matter where you live as the more recent panels work on daylight and not direct sunshine. However, the more daylight you get, the better your panels will perform.

7. Can I use the Energy I generate?

Yes, you can, all energy that you generate can be used immediately, or if you add battery storage then you can also store the energy to use a later time.

Many Energy saving tip websites advise that if you have Solar panels installed then alter your consumption habits such as;

  • Run your washing machine during the day.
  • Slow cook your dinner through the day.
  • Charge up your electrical appliances during the day.
  • Heat your hot water during the day.

The reason for operating your electrical goods during the day is that your Solar Panels will be generating free electricity to use and can offset your daily consumption by optimising the times in which you use energy.

8. Can I store the energy to use later?

If you add a Battery Storage System, it allows you to greatly optimise your consumption during the day.
You will benefit more from your system before any unused energy goes back to the grid and will also store excess energy generated for later use.

Technology is moving fast and “Grid Sharing” means that you will also be able to sell any excess energy back to the grid from your battery if and when it suits you to do so.

If you’re thinking about installing solar, or solar with the addition of battery storage, considering these questions can help you to understand whether your home is suitable or not, but you should not base your decisions on this alone.

An installer will be able to conduct a free home site suitability survey to establish for sure whether solar is the best technology for you, and what you could expect from your system by way of a return.

Confirm Your Solar Panel Suitability Results Online Here:

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5 Reasons You Should Replace Your Storage Heaters…

5 Reasons You Should Replace Your Storage Heaters…

by Reece Simmons | May 14, 2019 | Energy

For the 3.9 million UK households not on the mains gas network, the default position is often to heat their homes with electric Storage heaters.

As one of the most expensive ways to heat a home, the bills from this type of system can be crippling, with householders paying on average £1,500-£2,000 per year.

There are lots of individual reasons why you should replace your old storage heaters, & the most common reasons are;

  • Lack of control – They heat up through the night and release most of the heat during the day. Unfortunately, by early evening when it is getting cold, most of heat has gone and a secondary heater must be used. Homes can be too warm during the day and there is a need to open a window, wasting all that energy.
  • Cold Feet – With no convection, the heat rises and heats from the ceiling down, leaving you with cold feet.

    Tariff – while you are buying cheaper electricity at night (economy 7 tariff or similar normally midnight till 7 am) for storage heating, unfortunately, you are also paying extremely high rates for all your other appliances and electricity needs during the day and night.

  • Appearance – Often old storage heaters are big clumpy outdated units that discolour walls and are not very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
  • Health – Old storage heaters produce a dry burning heat that subsequently deposits carbon elements directly into the atmosphere. This carbon release can be hazardous to your health, especially those suffering from asthma. Some very old heaters even contain asbestos!

Do You Qualify for up to £2,000 Scrappage Allowance?

So why pay more for heaters that use more energy than you need to, heat the home at inconvenient times, give you no control over the temperature you want your home at and you have to pay excessively higher rates for your other electricity usage?

What can I do to reduce my bills?

Keep the heat in

One of the most important pieces of advice we can offer is to stop wasting the heat that you’re paying for.
Insulating the loft and cavity walls is very affordable and could even be free of charge under Government schemes.

Draught-proofing, investing in heavy curtains and closing them at dusk can all avoid the heat loss that will cause your heaters to work overtime and will allow you to keep heat in your home longer.

 

Is my home suitable?

German electric heating systems are ideal for people not connected to gas mains and would like to upgrade from old electric storage heaters or oil heating systems.

Check your tariff

There are so many fuel suppliers out there now, there’s no need to stick with any of the big brands.

Known as the ‘big six’, the major energy suppliers have a track record of charging more than many of the smaller companies out there, and a simple switch to a different provider could save you on average around £262 a year.

If you’ve been with your supplier for some time, chances are you’ve been put on a standard tariff and are paying way more than you need to.

If you have night storage heaters in your home, you will probably be on an Economy 7 or similar type of tariff, normally split into a day and night rate or peak and off-peak.

Check Your German Electric Heating Suitability Here.

This will allow you to get cheaper electricity overnight, normally midnight till 7 am when you are asleep.

What many people don’t realise is that this type of tariff on the day/peak times is much more expensive and can be up to an extortionate 60% or even 70% more expensive than a standard single tariff rate.
Shockingly these times are when you are awake and using all your electric appliances!

 

Can you afford it?

The cost of new efficient German electric heating system can be more expensive than storage heaters. However, when you offset the energy savings and add in the comfort factor the extra initial cost is worth the longer-term investment.

Controlling your heating

The problem with old night time storage heaters is that the heat output can be very difficult to control.

Often these heaters are limited to simply an input and output dial, which are ineffective in terms of control and often don’t work that well anyway.

They usually belch out heat early in the day, just when you don’t need it, and have run out of charge by late afternoon, leaving you to rely on expensive secondary heaters on a high rate tariff to stay warm in the evening.

If this sounds all too familiar to you, upgrading to a newer alternative could help you take control of your heating needs.

What Are The Next Steps to More Affordable Bills, & More Reliable Heating?

If you’re spending a fortune on old, inefficient storage heaters, you could save on your energy bills and the environment by upgrading to a modern alternative.

New German Electric Heaters have the ability to heat individual rooms to whatever temperature you desire. Once your room reaches the desired temperature the thermostat will maintain an even heat using a high-efficiency trickle charge.

Each heater has an individual timer meaning that you are in full control of heating each room at the times you need the heat. This is a way for you to stop wasting energy and money and have a lovely warm comfortable home.

German manufacturers are the leaders in the industry providing state of the art, cost-effective alternatives to night storage heaters.

In tests, the manufacturer WIBO’s heaters only drew energy for a maximum of 12 minutes per hour of supplied heat and heated to full capacity within just seven minutes.

This exciting technology is available to UK households straight from the UK factory and could see you keeping warmer for less.

For more information and to find out how much you can save, start by answering the question below:

Are you eligible for up to a £2,000 Scrappage Allowance?:

What type of property do you live in?

What’s the Difference between new Spray Foam Insulation and traditional Fiberglass?

What’s the Difference between new Spray Foam Insulation and traditional Fiberglass?

by Reece Simmons | May 14, 2019 | Energy

Venture into the loft and it’s a grim and a very cold or very hot space that makes you itch like crazy when you go to find that old family photo album to embarrass the kids!

Words that come to mind when thinking about your loft:

  • Too hot in the summer.
  • Too cold in the winter.
  • Dark and Dingy
  • Condensation ruins boxes
  • Itchy when comes into contact with skin.
  • An irritant on your throat.

Could you save up to 50% on your fuel bills?

But what if you could:

  • Keep a cool house in summer.
  • Keep a warm home in winter.
  • Create useable space.
  • Add value to your home.
  • Reduce your bills & help save the planet by reducing heat loss by as much as 50%!
  • Well, this is what this new, highly effective home insulation alternative to the itchy stuff is claiming.

Read on to see the verdict!

What is the difference between Conventional Insulation & Spray Foam Insulation?
Not all insulation is created equally and therefore have different advantages and disadvantages.

This is why we are looking at spray foam insulation which makes your home more energy efficient and reducing your heat loss by up to 50%.

Let’s compare some basic benefits of Fibreglass, Rockwool & Spray Foam Insulation.

Fibreglass & Rockwool….

Fibreglass & Rockwool are the most common type of insulation used in homes at present. Anything from 100mm to 200mm laid on the floor of the loft.

Typically, by installing 200mm of Fibreglass and Rockwool correctly you can look to save between 10% – 15% on your energy bills.

This is due to 40% of your homes heat loss leaves through your roof.

The issue with this is that in order to gain the benefit, you must cover 100% of the roof in insulation with no gaps at all.

This prohibits practical use of the loft as a storage facility.

If you do store anything up there, it is subject to the cold in winter and the heat in summer.
As well as when you visit the loft, it is often an itchy experience.

Spray Foam…..

Unlike conventional insulation materials, spray foam fills cracks, gaps and crevices on installation, creating an air barrier to virtually eliminate leaks, which can account for up to 40% of the energy cost to heat and cool your home.

This type of insulation is not applied to the floor of the loft, in fact, it is applied to a thickness of 100mm, between the rafters on the roof itself.

Check Your Spray Foam Suitability Here.

This also allows you to use your loft for storage without your valuables being subject to extreme cold or heat. You could lay flooring or even convert to a useable space.

 

Can you afford it?

The cost of your spray foam insulation is more expensive due to specialist tools needed to install it compared to traditional loft insulation. A limited number of companies can offer 0% Interest Free Funding on Spray Foam to take away any upfront cost.

Is there any help with cost or funding?

There is some funding available for both types of insulation, however, it is subject to constant change and criteria.
At present there is only 5% VAT, however, the Government has plans to increase this to the 20% VAT threshold from 1st October 2019. Unfortunately, this will see customer pay an additional 15% from October 2019.
Always best to contact installers for real-time information on what is available.

 

Is my home suitable?

Spray foam insulation is now a very important addition to installing any new energy efficient system, to enable maximum benefits & efficiency from the new system and most homes are suitable.

If you have insulation already, are you happy?

Most people only use their loft area a handful of times per year due to it being an
unpleasant experience.
It is often too hot in summer or too cool in the winter, environments we tend to avoid.

While conventional insulation will reduce your energy bills, it also restricts the use of your loft.

Spray foam will allow you to save more money and energy, creating a comfortable environment for your family, whilst gaining a useable loft space.

Stay cooler in the summer this year, start suitability survey here:

What type of property do you live in?

How to Reduce The Expense Of Your Electric Storage Heating

How to Reduce The Expense Of Your Electric Storage Heating

For the 3.9 million UK households not on the mains gas network, the default position is often to heat their homes with electricity.

As one of the most expensive ways to heat a home, the bills from this type of system can be crippling, with householders paying on average £1,968 per year, compared to just £736 with a gas boiler.

Of course, the very best way to tackle expensive electric heating is to change the system you’re using.
Installing an oil or LPG boiler could save you £1,000 a year or more, but this in itself requires a large investment, which many people just can’t afford.

If you’re stuck with storage heaters, convector radiators or other types of electric heating, here’s how you can get your spending under control.

Keep the heat in

Probably the most important piece of advice we can offer is to stop the heat that you’re paying for being wasted. Insulating the loft and cavity walls is very affordable and could even be free of charge under government schemes. Draughtproofing, investing in heavy curtains and closing them at dusk can all avoid the heat loss that will cause your heaters to work overtime.

 

Check your tariff

There are so many fuel suppliers out there now, there’s no need to stick with any of the big brands. Known as the ‘big six’, the major energy suppliers have a track record of charging more than many of the smaller companies out there, and a simple switch to a different provider could save you on average around £262 a year.

If you’ve been with your supplier for some time, chances are you’ve been put on a standard tariff and are paying way more than you need to.

If you have night storage heaters in your home, you will probably be on an Economy 7 or similar type of tariff, normally split into a day and night rate or peak and off-peak.

This will allow you to get cheaper electricity overnight, normally midnight till 7 am when you are asleep.

What many people don’t realise is that this type of tariff on the day/peak times is much more expensive and can be up to an extortionate 60% or even 70% more expensive than a standard single tariff rate.

Shockingly these times are when you are awake and using all your electric appliances!

Controlling your heating

The problem with old night time storage heaters is that the heat output can be very difficult to control.

Often these heaters are limited to simply an input and output dial, which are ineffective in terms of control and often don’t work that well anyway.

They usually belch out heat early in the day, just when you don’t need it, and have run out of charge by late afternoon, leaving you to rely on expensive secondary heaters on a high rate tariff to stay warm in the evening.

If this sounds all too familiar to you, upgrading to a newer alternative could help you take control of your heating needs.

Upgrade your heating

If you’re spending a fortune on old, inefficient storage heaters, you could save a packet by upgrading to a modern alternative.

New German Electric Heaters have the ability to heat individual rooms to whatever temperature you desire. Once your room reaches the desired temperature the thermostat will maintain an even heat using a high-efficiency trickle charge.

Each heater has an individual timer meaning that you are in full control of heating each room at the times you need the heat.

This is a way for you to stop wasting energy and money and have a lovely warm comfortable home.

Certain electric heaters from Germany can be a cost-effective alternative to night storage heaters.

In tests, these heaters only drew energy for a maximum of 12 minutes per hour of supplied heat and heated to full capacity within just seven minutes.

This exciting technology can be supplied to UK households straight from the factory and could see you keeping warmer for less.

Get started. Answer the following questions:

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Is replacing your old boiler with a new condensing boiler worth the upgrade?

Is replacing your old boiler with a new condensing boiler worth the upgrade?

If you’re living with an older, non-condensing boiler, you might be wondering whether it’s worth your time and cash investment to upgrade to a new, efficient model.

After all, if your boiler is still working well, why would you want to change?

When you consider that around 55 per cent of what you spend on energy bills is down to your heating, it makes sense to look for ways to reduce this cost.

Things like insulating the house and using heating controls well can help, but if your boiler is failing to produce the heat efficiently you could be spending unnecessarily.

Here’s what you need to know about condensing boilers:

What is a condensing boiler?

Modern boilers are all classed as condensing, marking a step change in technology that had a massive influence on the ways we heat our homes.

Non-condensing boilers which are well maintained may still be working as efficiently as they can, but a certain portion of your heat is inevitably lost via the flue in the hot gasses. A condensing boiler stops this waste.

Using a heat exchanger, a condensing boiler traps these hot gasses and recovers the heat from them, reusing them to heat your home and water.

Sometimes they cool the flue gasses so well that the water vapour contained in the gas condenses out, which is why they are called ‘condensing’.

As a result, they are much more efficient than conventional boilers and can save you a packet on your energy bills.

Just how efficient are they?

Condensing boilers run at around 94 per cent efficiency.
This means that for every pound you spend on fuel, you’re getting out 94 pence worth of heat for your home.

In contrast, a non-condensing boiler runs at between 53 and 79 per cent efficiency, although poorly maintained and older models may be much less.

Pros of condensing boilers

If you do decide to invest in a new condensing boiler, you could unlock a whole raft of advantages, including:

  • Increased energy efficiency: Up to 35 per cent increased efficiency means you’ll spend less to heat your home.
  • Smaller carbon footprint: A condensing boiler could save up to 1,200kg of CO2 per year, reducing your carbon footprint as a household.
  • Safer: In a condensing boiler, combustion happens at a lower temperature; around 55 degrees C compared to 180 degrees C in non-condensing models. They are also perfectly sealed to ensure heat insulation, which means there is no risk of toxic substances entering the home.
  • Smaller: Condensing combi boilers are very compact, and can easily be stored in a kitchen cupboard.

It’s important to gain a balanced view on condensing boilers, so as well as all these advantages it is important to be aware of the drawbacks associated with changing over, such as:

  • Require an external pipe: The need for an external pipe means these boilers must be fitted to an external wall. This could be a problem if, for instance, your old system is located in your airing cupboard.

As a general rule, changing to a condensing boiler is almost always the best option when thinking about how to heat your home. If your old boiler still works well and you’re happy with it, there’s no harm in using it until it begins to give you problems. However, the sooner you upgrade, the sooner you can enjoy cheaper energy bills.

How much could you save?

Depending on the age and condition of your existing boiler and your current fuel bill, you’ll be able to save of up to £425 per year on your fuel bills.

The smaller your home and the more efficient your old boiler is, the less these savings will be.

In addition to your savings, some installers are offering scrappage scheme discounts for an old boiler when you upgrade to a new boiler plus energy efficient one.

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