Renewable Energy

With many reports warning of fuel bills rocketing over the next two years, renewable energy systems are becoming an increasingly attractive proposition. Total Plumb can advise on the various options and provide an expert installation across the Somerset & Avon area.

Any renewable energy system involves a substantial initial outlay but can save you a small fortune over time. It could be the best investment you ever make!

Here is a brief overview of three popular options:

Solar water heating

These low-maintenance systems use solar panels fitted to your roof. These collect heat from the sun and use it to warm water, which is stored in a hot water cylinder. A boiler is used to boost the heat as and when necessary.

Key benefits are hot water throughout the year, lower bills - and a substantial reduction in your carbon footprint. The higher fuel prices go, the more you save.

Most conventional boiler and hot water cylinder systems are compatible with solar water heating. You’re unlikely to need planning permission - unless you live in a listed building, or in a conservation area - and you can expect solar heating to provide around one-third of your hot water needs.

Air source heat pumps

Air source heat pumps absorb energy from the air around you and use it in the opposite way to a fridge. This is then used to heat radiators, underfloor systems and even most of your hot water.

The two main systems are air-to-water, which warms the water for all your heating and hot water cylinder, and air-to-air, which doesn’t produce hot water but provides warm air that is used to heat a flat or small house.

Air source heat pumps can not only reduce your fuel bills but also save precious space.

Ground source heat pumps

These heat water for your home with a “ground loop” of pipes buried in your garden. The pump circulates a mixture of water and glycol which absorbs energy from the ground and uses it to heat radiators, underfloor systems and even most of your hot water.

The length of the loop depends on the size of your home, the amount of heat you need and how well insulated your home is. Successful installations achieve significant savings on fuel bills and dramatically reduced CO2 emissions.

So which system is best for me?

That depends on a number of factors, including the size or your home and/or garden, and how well your home is insulated. Total Plumb can provide a detailed analysis of the pros & cons for each option and help you make the right choice for your particular circumstances.

Contact us today to arrange an initial consultation and a free, no-obligation estimate.