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Rural Homeowner Heating Solutions Stuck In The Dark Ages Until Now

Rural Homeowner Heating Solutions 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 £10,000 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 £10,000, which combined with your energy bill savings, makes this an attractive option.

Are 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 release it inside, either as hot air, hot water-filled radiators, underfloor heating and/or domestic hot water supply.

When correctly installed an air source heat pump can provide full central heating and domestic hot water up to 80 °C.

Do I Qualify for the £10,000 Government Incentive?

The good news is this is not means tested, however, there are some criteria set out to qualify for the £10,000 Government incentive known as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Are you the homeowner?

Have you claimed before? Is the product eligible?
The best thing to do is contact an installer to enquire about the eligibility.

Do You Qualify For A £10,000 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 £10,000 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, 2018 | 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 Governments “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.


Do you Qualify for the Government Feed-in Tariff?

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, however 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 £1,000 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 have to pay through
the nose or your other electricity usage for the privilege.

What can I do to reduce my bills?

Keep the heat in

One the most important piece 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. As long as you have electric 9 out of 10 times your home will be ideal for new efficient german electric 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 in to 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 7am 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 from £550 per radiator but installation costs are virtually nil, as to technical expertise is needed, as long as you have a plug near by & means to hang it on the wall.

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 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.

German manufacturers are the leaders in the industry providing state of the art, a 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 £1,000 Scrappage Allowance?:

What type of property do you live in?

The Difference between new Spray Foam Insulation and traditional Fiberglass Insulation..

The Difference between new Spray Foam Insulation and traditional Fiberglass Insulation..

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 efficient by keeping more of the heat in – a 20%+ improvement over old types of insulation.

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 Funding 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. Expect to pay from £19 a square metre.

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.
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 & effieciency from the new system.

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:

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Don’t Fight With Bears. Discover A New Way Of Investing

Don’t Fight With Bears. Discover A New Way Of Investing

History tells us that investments can go down as well as up. It’s a well-worn, renowned disclaimer designed to provide a caution to all; they don’t always go the way you want them to. Less well known is the pattern the financial markets have followed throughout history. In the financial world, this pattern is referred to as Bull and Bear Markets.

It may be too obvious to explain that Bull follows Bear, and Bear follows Bull, but perhaps slightly less obvious is that there are four stages to the pattern. Growth and Peak; representative of a Bull market and Contraction and Trough; representative of a Bear market.

A significant feature of the pattern is that the ‘Growth’ period is almost always slow and long. The contraction period is more often than not alarmingly quick, like falling off a cliff straight from Peak and Trough. Interestingly, the recovery period between Trough and Peak tends to be a complete reverse, taking an agonisingly slow time to climb back up.

The chart below shows the pattern that US and UK stocks have both followed over the last 80+ years. It demonstrates that Bull markets tend to last an average of 6-7 years, with a cumulative average return of over 200%.  Conversely, Bear markets often last less than 2-3 years, but with a cumulative average loss of -36%.

The economic recession in 2008 was the last Bear market and remains etched in our memories. It delivered a cumulative Contraction and Trough fall of -41% and started less than five years after the previous Bear market in the late 90’s, which at the time, abruptly curtained 12 years of prosperity with a similar cumulative fall of -43%.

In the current Bull market, as we start enjoying our tenth year of continued growth, there’s undoubtedly an abundance of economic uncertainty.  But if there’s one thing from the past that we can deduce, it’s to take the growth we have enjoyed over the last nine years and find a way to protect it.

No-one can predict the future, but history clearly teaches us that we can reasonably predict a battle with a Bear market is on its way.

Common wisdom is, if you pick a fight with a Bear, you’ll lose! Protect yourself.

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 in to a day and night rate or peak and off peak. This will allow you to get cheaper electricity overnight, normally midnight till 7am 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.

Greener Energy Group are proud to be the exclusive UK suppliers of Wibo Heaters from Germany, 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 is supplied by us direct to UK households straight from the 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:

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