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Warm Up Green Style!

Posted Date: 18th Oct 2015

The average British household uses a whopping 57% of it's energy consumption on space-heating, and a further 24% on water-heating, making renewable and low-carbon heating technologies grow in popularity.

Wood Fuelled Stoves

The simplest systems are stand alone log burning stoves used to heat a single room.  Some stoves can be fitted with back boilers to provide hot water and/or can be fed wood pellets automatically.  More complex boiler systems can be connected to heating and hot water systems.

Air-Source Heat Pump

This takes energy from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its interior.  This energy is then transferred to your central heating system (air to water) to provide space and water heating, or used to produce hot air (air to air) circulated by fans to heat your home.

Solar Water Heating

Flat plate panels or the more advanced evacuated-tube collectors are mounted on to a south-facing roof; these circulate either water or an anti-freeze fluid heated directly by the sun, and transfer it to your home water as it is pumped through a coil immersed in the hot water cylinder.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Water mixed with antifreeze is circulated in a loop of pipe buried in a trench or borehole and absorbs heat from the ground before being pumped through a heat exchanger, which concentrates low-grade heat into higher temperatures suitable for space heating and hot water.

Additional Information

The RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) is a government funded scheme that allows producers of renewable forms of heat to receive fixed payments from the Treasury based on the type of technology they install and the size and output of their system. Details for Phase 2, which covers domestic applications can be found at www.decc.gov.uk and www.theenergysavingtrust.org.uk