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With the government providing 7.3p /kWh for air source heat pump energy, 18.8 p/kWh for ground and water source heat pump energy and 12.2 p/kWh for biomass boilers, many homeowners are more than paying pack the initial cost of the systems, but what else should you know about the RHI?
The eagerly awaited Government announcement, expected to be made Wed 9th April, detailing the extension of its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to cover domestic properties, will enable Gloucestershire based renewable energy specialists, Ecovision, to help homeowners take control of and cut their energy costs.
Over 1 million homes in Europe now have wood pellet boilers. Almost any home can be retrofitted with a wood pellet boiler as a stand-alone heat source.
We have been installing renewable and sustainable energy systems for almost a decade now from Lands End to the Scottish borders and beyond. We are very proud to be reducing the carbon footprint and utility bills of over 5,000 homes and businesses across the country and very likely across the road from you.
In the next few months, as new opportunities arise in the sustainable energy sector, the Ecovision group of companies is ideally positioned to continue moving ahead.
Heat pumps are one of the most effective forms of renewable energy and Ecovision is widely viewed as having one of the leading consultancy teams in the UK when it comes to designing, supplying and installing them. They extract heat from natural sources such as the air, ground or water and release it at a higher temperature to heat your property and/or produce hot water.
As part of one of the biggest ever renovation projects at Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, Ecovision have put in place a renewable energy system in the form of a water source heat pump a vital measure in protecting the fabric of this Grade 1 listed building dating back to the 1700s.
Kelmarsh will also benefit not only from a reduced carbon footprint but also a 60% decrease in it's annual consumption of oil meaning that the investment will pay for itself in just 5 years.
Around 1.5 million homes currently depend on heating oil in the UK. Most of these homes are in rural areas, off the gas grid.
Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps are the technology of choice for future heating systems. These will displace existing oil fired central systems in the process. By 2017, it is projected that ground and air source heat pumps will have overtaken heating oil. Oil fired central heating systems are set to all but disappear by 2025.
Making energy saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 per cent on average - and up to 38 per cent in some parts of England - new research released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals.
DECC has announced that the FIT rate for Solar PV systems exceeding 50kW will drop from May 1st 2013.
The cutoff off date is for Eligible Installations with an Eligibility Date on or after 1 May 2013 and before 1 July 2013 when they are likely to drop again
Invest now to ensure the current rate.
Energy costs are often in the spotlight. Many businesses and public sector organisations have already taken measures to cut energy consumption with an aim to reduce costs and improve their carbon footprint. Solar PV is one of the leading solutions available, especially favoured for its flexibility of installation in a wide range of different locations.
In many places around the country snow is on the ground and there is much more forecast for more of us. So you've swapped your incandescent light bulbs for energy savers, turned down the thermostat, and only wash clothes on cold. Then why are your utility bills still so high? Air leaks are likely culprits, but so are "phantom" power suckers, such as flat-screen TVs, which draw energy even when they're off.
Combine these steps you can do yourself with the installation of an efficient, money saving, renewable energy system and you will be able to see the benefits almost immediately.
We’ve made some changes to our homepage and added a few tools that we think will be of use to you: Because of the success of our unique Domestic Solar Calculator that has seen thousands of you work out how much income can be generated from a Solar PV system on the roof of your home we have done the same for Heat Pumps.
Next year will see the roll out of the Renewable Heat Incentive Tariff for domestic Air Source Heat Pumps. DECC has issued a statement outlining the proposed range of payments, we have taken the average rate of 9.2 and created the Heat Pump Calculator that you can find on the homepage.
From 1 November the FiT rate for residential installations up to 4kW will be cut, 4kW is typically a 16 panel system. It will also be cut for systems between 4kW-10kW. Commercial installs (10-50kW) also face a reduction. The new FiT rates will apply for eligible solar PV installations from 1 November 2012 to 31 January 2013 when it will be cut again. Those systems installed before 1 November will receive the 16p rate for 20 years.
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Next week Southern Electric owner SSE will increase gas prices by 9 per cent. British Gas has also warned it may have to increase bills by an average of £130 before winter. This will take the average family’s dual fuel bill to a record high of around £1,400. Industry experts warn that it is inevitable that all of the major providers – British Gas, EDF, SSE, E.ON, Npower and Scottish Power – will announce a hike in their prices.
Proposals for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) have today been published by the Dept. for Energy & Climate Change (DECC). Key proposals within the consultation are:
1. Indicative tariff ranges for air source heat pumps 6.9 - 11.5p/kWh
2. Indicative tariff ranges for ground source heat pumps 12.5 - 17.3p/kWh
3. Homeowners will receive payments over seven years for each unit of heat expected to be produced, whether it is actually generated or not.
Ecovision was once again a winner at the National Heat Pump Awards 2012 last night. The Awards dinner was attended by about 300 people from the industry and there were almost 100 entries for 10 categories of Awards.
From the 1st August the Feed-in-Tariff's timespan is also being reduced from 25 to 20 years for new solar installations. The FIT will also continue to be reduced by 3.5% every 3 months following the 1st August for new installations, meaning the sooner you install - the higher the FIT you receive, whilst the FIT you receive at the point of installing is guaranteed for the whole 25 years of the scheme.
Ecovision has developed a unique Solar Calculator, which will put to rest any ‘false’ savings calculations that unscrupulous companies have been claiming. There is nowhere else on the internet a consumer can quickly and simply work out how much their roof can earn and at what cost.
I'm not sure UK consumers yet fully appreciate what's about to hit them in terms of rising utility charges. Never mind higher oil prices. The carbon price floor alone will add 4pc to bills by 2015/16 warns Jeremy Warner, Assistant Editor in The Telegraph this week.
There has never been a better time to switch from an oil fired boiler to a heat pump.
Solar PV still offers attractive returns for consumers, in excess of many alternative investment products. Improving consumer understanding of solar PV and the Feed-in Tariff scheme is likely to be key to restoring healthy uptake levels. We are pleased that the policy framework is now on a more stable footing and are optimistic that this will signal a new dawn of consumer confidence in the microgeneration sector.MPC's Chief Executive Dave Sowden
The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal bid by the Department of Energy and Climate Change over cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme for solar PV.
Despite the cut in the tariffs last month, Ecovision prove that at 21p a solar installation still gives an excellent payback. Purchasing a £6k system will pay back better than putting £25k in the Bank.
A Conference Centre in Worcestershire has just received some excellent news. When the Directors asked Ecovision to install heat pumps they were unaware that within a few months they would be eligible for payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), meaning that they would now be paid for every unit of heat they generate to heat the building.
Good news for all farmers who would like to install renewable energy systems but need to borrow to do so. Farmers can now benefit from the FIT tariff for a solar installation and the RHI for a heating installation, creating a significant profit over up to 25 years from their land and buildings.
Barclays Bank has created a £100 million fund designed to help farmers meet the costs of renewable energy initiatives.
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The long awaited confirmation from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) has been announced.
Ecovision are now in a position to offer a wood pellet boiler as a renewable solution for customers wanting to move away from fossil fuels, save money on heating costs and reduce their carbon emissions.
Gloucestershire based Ecovision were presented with a prestigious award at the first ever national heat pump awards. The prize, was received by Managing Director of Ecovision, Julian Sowerbutts at a gala event at Birmingham's International Convention Centre held on 23rd June 2011.
British Gas and Scottish Power have announced that they are to increase the cost of Gas to their customers by at least 19%.
The effect of the massive price rises will be that the cost of heating homes this winter will be greater than it ever has been, driving more and more cost-conscious customers to look to renewables as a more manageable way of heating their homes.
On the back of the remarkable savings at Castle Howard using the lake as the heat source, Ecovision have designed a new way of installing systems into any type of building that has a water source nearby. This clever system is currrently being installed at the Bishops Palace in Wells where the moat is to provide the heating and hot water for the building.
Ecovision, the UK’s leading designer and installer of renewable energy based in Tetbury, is responding to increasing interest from graduates and school leavers and providing a two day work experience course. The course is now full. Sorry for any disappointment.
Ecovision are extending their special offer of an amazing 10% discount on all standard solar PV installations throughout the UK for the month of May. With this level of discount there has never been a better time to install a solar system and it will be hard to find better prices anywhere in the UK.
March 2011. The Government have released details on the RHI. If you are planning a Non-Domestic installation contact us and discuss your requirements, we offer a free design service to ensure that your system will be eligible for payments. With our assistance your installation could earn you money for 20 years - guaranteed by the Government.
World-famous boarding school Harrow School has installed a high-efficiency ground source heat pump system designed, supplied and installed by ecovision systems to heat a new building, Lyon’s House.
Article by Amy Wilson in the Sunday Telegraph.
In the spending review the Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed the Governments introduction of the much anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive.
The uncompromising dedication and expertise of Gloucestershire based renewable energy experts, Ecovision was recognized on Wednesday 13th October at the prestigious British Construction Industry Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
News from Newnet :
“Conservative Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin has indicated that the UK coalition government is a step nearer to achieving a consensus on the environment, most particularly over a carbon price and renewable heat incentive.
In a speech yesterday he set out a five-year party roadmap to achieving the Conservative party goals of going green, pledging that the government would implement Cameron’s renewable heat incentive, in addition to initiating a smart grid and smart meter rollout.
New technology will always get attacked and criticised by someone or another. Evironmentally friendly technology such as heat pumps have also received the same kind of damning comments. This article will look at just a few of the popular myths floating around on the Internet about heat pumps and heat pump technology, R J Stevens writes.
Whilst world leaders are discussing climate change in Copenhagen, the Antelope at Knowsley Safari Park are enjoying the warmth of a new purpose built shelter, with under floor heating fuelled by renewable energy from air source heat pumps. The warmth has also attracted a nesting Ostrich, using the unseasonal warmth for her young chicks.