There are other options to using gas, oil or solid fuel to heat your home and provide hot water. At Dan-Wood we are committed to using energy-efficient and environmentally friendly systems. These include heat pumps, solar panels (for heating hot water) or photovoltaic panels.
Think how these options below could transform your heating bills:
- Heat Pumps
Heat pumps work by absorbing energy from the air, ground, surface and underground water, and transferring it to your home. The most common option is a ground source heat pump (GSHP) which absorbs energy from the ground to heat your home. An air source heat pump (ASHP) uses atmospheric air as an energy source. This is quite a cost-effective solution, as air is easily accessible.
A heat pump will provide 75% of heating from its ‘free-of-charge’ natural resource, with only 25% coming from your utilities provider.
- Solar Panels
Solar Panels are usually installed on the southern-facing roof of a detached house, and convert the sun’s rays into energy. Solar collectors transfer this energy to liquid which circulates throughout the house in a pipe system. This is what provides useable heat for hot water and sometimes to support other heating systems.
Solar Panels will provide 60% of the energy required to heat water all year round.
The average price to install solar panels in a four-person house is between £4,000 and £6,000. However, this investment easily pays for itself in a few years.
- Photovoltaic Panels (PV panels)
PV panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity which can be used to power household electricity and appliances. The panels don’t need direct sunlight to work – they will still generate electricity on cloudy days.
A typical 3.5kWp system can generate around 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year – this is equal to about 75% of a typical household’s electricity needs. It could save you around £645 a year* – plus it saves over a tonne of carbon dioxide.
What are the benefits of installing Photovoltaic Panels?
- You get paid for the electricity you generate: the government’s Feed-In Tariffs pay you for the electricity you generate – even if you use it!
- If your system is using more than you need, you can send the surplus back to the grid and receive a refund from your supplier
- Solar energy is completely green and renewable, and releases no harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants
*based on a 3.5kWp solar PV system eligible for a generation tariff of 15.44p/kWh.
”No mains gas was available, and we didn’t want oil or solid fuel heating, so we had a ground source heat pump installed. This was quite expensive to install but has, without doubt, been worthwhile. It gives us a year-round ambient temperature of 22 degrees and constant hot water. Utility costs for heating and hot water are only around £800 a year.”
Grant Turnbull, Denny
“We’ve just had our first cheque from the electricity company. That, coupled with the very reasonable utility bills, are added bonuses.”
Lucy Yendell, Alton