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Readers tips of the month: biomass and air source heat pump

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 20 March 2012 at 9:02 am

Readers tips of the month: biomass and air source heat pump

When people register on YouGen we ask them about their renewable energy, and any tips they have for others. Here are our favourites this month: Drumrossie is retired, and lives in a large, old and difficult to heat house. He has installed a log burning boiler with a 60kW output and with 4,000 lit…

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Living with an air source heat pump

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 24 January 2012 at 7:54 pm

Living with an air source heat pump

I regularly write about air source heat pumps, but until recently my knowledge was only academic, but on a recent trip to New Zealand I discovered what they are actually like to live with. At least three of the houses we stayed in were heated by an air to air heat pump. This means that the heat …

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How a ground source heat pump works (video)

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 16 January 2012 at 8:15 am

This introduction to how a heat pump works will be of considerable interest to people who are thinking of installing a ground source heat pump at home or at work. Made by Kensa Heat Pumps it is one of a series of short videos aimed at educating installers of ground source heat pumps, or those lookin…

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Why the RHPP has had little impact on the ground source heat pump market

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 9 January 2012 at 11:02 am

Why the RHPP has had little impact on the ground source heat pump market

The renewable heat premium payment (RHPP) scheme was introduced on 1 August 2011. This Government scheme provides a grant to householders investing in renewable heat technologies – solar thermal panels, heat pumps and biomass boilers – and was introduced as an interim measure pending the launc…

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Changes to permitted development for microgeneration in the UK

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 30 November 2011 at 9:33 am

Changes to permitted development for microgeneration in the UK

The following changes to permitted development regulations for England came into effect on 1 December 2011. The main changes are to that wind turbines and air source heat pumps have become permitted development (with significant caveats). See below for the complete wording. Click the following link …

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10 Questions to ask when choosing your air source heat pump installer

Posted by John Lightfoot on 28 November 2011 at 9:13 am

10 Questions to ask when choosing your air source heat pump installer

1. Are you MCS certified? The Government is currently offering incentives (Renewable Heat Premium Payment) to people who install renewable energy heating equipment, including air source heat pumps, if your property does not have access to mains gas. It is also considering offering further…

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Can solar panels improve the efficiency of your ground source heat pump?

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 3 October 2011 at 5:05 am

Can solar panels improve the efficiency of your ground source heat pump?

There is a growing interest in using solar panels to deposit heat within the ground during the summer periods and then using a ground source heat pump to extract this deposited heat during the winter. These systems are commonly called inter-seasonal storage systems and can usually be classed as:- …

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Using an air source heat pump with an existing heating system: 5 key things to consider

Posted by John Lightfoot on 15 August 2011 at 9:24 am

Using an air source heat pump with an existing heating system: 5 key things to consider

I’ve tried below to give an overview of whether you could consider using your existing heating system without going into too much technical hype! (Hope I’ve succeeded – let me know!). The guidance below will give you some pointers as to whether it is worth considering, but of course your l…

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Solar PV plus air source heat pumps: a case study of Donyatt village hall

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 5 August 2011 at 9:34 am

Solar PV plus air source heat pumps: a case study of Donyatt village hall

South east facing solar PV panels on a nearby roof got David Willis thinking that they might be an option for Donyatt Village Hall in Somerset. "They were facing a bit east of south east, and yet the performance is better than my solar pv panels on a south facing roof with slight shade first thi…

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How to maintain and service your ground source heat pump

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 3 August 2011 at 9:03 am

How to maintain and service your ground source heat pump

The Government's microgeneration strategy states: "More work is required on understanding the durability of microgeneration installations, including their key components. We want consumers to be aware, at least in general terms, of the minimum requirements for aftercare service and maintenance for e…

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Renewable Heat Premium Payment rates confirmed - but are they enough to kickstart renewable heat?

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 21 July 2011 at 11:22 am

Renewable Heat Premium Payment rates confirmed - but are they enough to kickstart renewable heat?

Capital grants to help with the cost of installing renewable heat technologies will be available from 1 August. Any householder in England, Scotland or Wales can apply for the £300 renewable heat premium payment for solar thermal panels. However, payments for biomass boilers (£950), air sou…

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How to use an air source heat pump to heat your hot water

Posted by John Lightfoot on 20 July 2011 at 11:32 am

How to use an air source heat pump to heat your hot water

Q: Can you use air source heat pumps for heating domestic hot water? A: If you are reading this and looking for a quick answer, it's yes! For those of you who would like a little more information here we go... Just because you can use a heat pump, should you? Well, of cours…

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Three things to consider before running a heat pumps with solar or wind power

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 30 June 2011 at 10:46 am

Three things to consider before running a heat pumps with solar or wind power

There is currently a lot of interest in becoming completely self-sufficient in terms of energy and heat. Security of supply, being green, low running costs, etc are all motives for doing this and more and more people are asking is it possible to run their ground source heat pump from their solar pv …

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Renewable energy may be included in the Green Deal

Posted by Cathy Debenham on 7 June 2011 at 9:08 am

Renewable energy may be included in the Green Deal

The Government's announcement last week on measures being considered for inclusion in the Green Deal, and its thinking on consumer protection, went some way to allay criticisms of the scheme. The Green Deal is expected to offer loans of up to £10,000 over a period of up to 25 years. To qualify f…

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How (& where) to position your air source heat pump

Posted by John Lightfoot on 6 June 2011 at 9:35 am

How (& where) to position your air source heat pump

"Where should I put my air source heat pump? is a question I am often asked. I reply "where would you like to put it?" and nine times out of 10 it can be installed where the enquirer had hoped it could. So let’s look at the basics to give us some ideas of where we can…

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Can heat pumps provide domestic hot water?

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 16 May 2011 at 9:20 am

Can heat pumps provide domestic hot water?

Can ground source heat pumps provide domestic hot water (DHW)? This is a question which is asked again and again. The answer? Yes, but there are some considerations you need to be aware of: 1. Efficiency. Due to the higher temperature required to generate hot water, the output temperature has to …

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Comparing air source heat pumps part 2

Posted by John Lightfoot on 25 March 2011 at 9:45 am

Comparing air source heat pumps part 2

In case you haven't had time to read the first half of this two part blog, I will repeat the caveat I started with in Part 1. Before you start selecting the particular air source heat pump you want, make sure that you have taken all practical insulation measures possible to reduce the heat loss from…

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Comparing air source heat pumps part 1

Posted by John Lightfoot on 28 February 2011 at 11:31 am

Comparing air source heat pumps part 1

Before you start thinking about which particular air source heat pump you want, make sure that you have taken all the practical insulation measures to reduce the heat loss from your property. Let’s slim the choice down quickly! The first thing I would suggest you can do is eradicate any he…

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How to install a heat pump into an existing property

Posted by John Barker-Brown on 21 February 2011 at 9:18 am

How to install a heat pump into an existing property

As the advantages of heat pumps become better known and with the expected Renewable Heat Incentive, more people are looking at whether the technology can be applied to their existing properties. The advantages of installing a heat pump in a new build property is well documented. It is als…

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Can you use radiators with an air source heat pump?

Posted by John Lightfoot on 24 January 2011 at 9:47 am

Can you use radiators with an air source heat pump?

The simple answer to the question can you use radiators with an air source heat pump is yes! Radiators need to be sized for the flow temperatures your heat pump will be set to. The lower this set point, the more efficient your heat pump will be, and therefore the cheaper to run. The dis…

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