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The Green Deal: First Quarterly Statistics Show Encouraging Signs

On the 27th June 2013, The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) released the first set of quarterly statistics for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligations (ECO).

Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change, said: “The Green Deal is an ambitious and uniquely long-term programme designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of Britain’s homes. It’s only just getting started, but the early signs are encouraging.”

Launched on 28th January 2013, the Green Deal has completed 9,294 assessments across the UK and seen 30,506 energy efficient improvements recommended in Green Deal Advice Reports. 90% of properties receiving a Green Deal Assessment had an energy efficiency rating of band D or lower, and only 5% of assessments were carried out in Wales (4%) and Scotland (1%).

The most common measure recommended under the Green Deal was to upgrade the properties existing boiler, whilst other frequently recommended measures included solar pv, wet central heating controls, and floor insulation.

Greg Barker, continues: “78 per cent of people who have received a Green Deal Advice Report, following a Green Deal assessment, said they had, were getting or would get energy saving measures installed.”

Compared to the long term targets of the Green Deal, ECO runs until the 31st March 2015 and focuses on providing energy efficient measures to low income and vulnerable consumers living in ‘hard-to-treat properties’.

After a Green Deal Assessment has been carried out, and dependent upon the range of measures and/or the property, the cost of the ‘Green Deal Plan’ could be part-financed by ECO funding. Possible measures available for ECO funding are Solid Wall Insulation and hard-to-treat Cavity Wall insulation.

Greg Barker concludes: “81,798 installations have taken place with the support of the new Energy Company Obligation, helping those most in need or with particularly hard to treat properties. But this is just the start. 38,259 Green Deal assessments is also a clear sign that many consumers genuinely want to make their homes more efficient; but we are keen to do more.”

To find out more about the Green Deal contact us on 0844 324 5242.

BIOMASS BOILERS: WOOD-FUELLED HEATING

Biomass Systems are available as stoves and boilers and are designed to generate heat by burning wood. Stoves can be used to warm a single room, whilst boilers can be connected to a properties central heating and hot water system.

How Do Biomass Boilers Work?

Biomass boilers are the most common form of renewable energy and if installed correctly can provide heating and hot water for an entire property. A biomass boiler generates heat by burning logs, wood pellets or chips and can cost less than conventional heating fuels. A typical automatic boiler for an average home can cost around 11,500 pounds (including installation, flue and fuel store) whilst manually fed boilers can be slightly cheaper.

What Are The Benefits Of Installing Biomass Boilers?

One of the benefits of installing a biomass boiler is the savings in carbon dioxide emissions. When a wood-fuelled boiler replaces a coal system the saving in emissions can be around 7.5 tonnes per year. Financial savings depend mainly upon the system being replaced. Replacing a gas system might save you 100 pound per year, whilst upgrading from an electric heating system could save as much as 580 pounds per year.

Government Incentives For Biomass Boilers

Homeowners installing biomass boilers may receive payments for the heat produced through the governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which launches in summer 2013, whilst installation costs could be helped by a one of grant available from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme.

AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMPS: HOW TO HEAT YOUR HOME!

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) can be used to provide heating and hot water and can absorb heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15o C. Unlike conventional boilers, ASHPs deliver heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time and are available in two systems; air-to-water and air-to-air.

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

ASHPs transport the heat from the air outside into a fluid that moves through a compressor which increases its temperature. The high temperature generated is then used to heat the property.

Air-to-water systems generate heat via a wet central heating system, whilst air-to-air systems circulate warm air through fans. Air-to-air systems are more suited to heat a property and are unlikely to provide hot water as well.

What Are The Benefits Of Air Source Heat Pumps?

ASHPs contribute to making a property more energy efficient, which in turn could lower energy bills and the properties carbon emissions. Typical installation costs are between 6,000 and 10,000 pounds, and running costs depend on the size of the property and how well insulated it is. ASHPs are powered by electricity so wont negate the need for fuel bills, however you will save on the fuel you are replacing.

Government Incentives For Air Source Heat Pumps

After installing an ASHP you may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate through the governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launching in summer 2013. Installation costs for any systems installed after 1st August 2011 may also receive a one off grant through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (available until the RHI is introduced to domestic customers).

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