It’s no secret how important energy is to households across Scotland, it heats our homes, schools and businesses and gives us hot water on demand. Though with energy consumption comes harmful greenhouse gasses that cause damage to our planet. The greatest carbon dioxide emissions come from burning fuels like coal, oil and natural gas which are used to traditionally provide energy to our households.
The Scottish government have targets to reduce our energy consumption from these damaging resources and aim to have 30% of all energy consumption fuelled by renewable energy by 2030. With these figures still nowhere near being met it’s no wonder households are looking for new ways to heat their premises whilst also reaping long-term benefits.
The heating engineers at the Glasgow Boiler Service are committed to reducing these harmful emissions by educating our customers about the benefits of alternative methods of heating your homes. One way you can work to reduce Co2 emissions in Scotland is to harness one of the planet’s greatest carbon neutral sources available all around us through ground and air sourced energy. Not only does this help save the planet, but it’s also a cheaper option than many traditional heating fuels.
Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground through pipes buried in the soil. This central heating system Glasgow works by then transferring the heat radiators and under-floor systems, water, and hot air systems all from a completely renewable and natural source.
There is a small amount of electricity used when using ground source air pumps, but this is minor in comparison to traditional electric and other traditional heating systems Scotland. Utilising the energy harnessed from the ground to use in your home will give you great peace of mind as the source is infinite.
Air Source Heat Pumps.
Air source heat pumps are very similar to their ground source cousins, but rather than extracting heat from pipes laid deep in the ground, air is extracted from the surroundings where it is transferred radiators, under-floor systems, taps and hot air system. The impact of air pumps mirrors that of ground source heat pumps as these also need some electricity to run, though again much preferred as the rate is dramatically reduced in comparison to conventional central heating boilers Glasgow.
Air source hat pumps work similarly to the way in which a fridge draws heat from its inside. What’s more, air pumps can operate in climates as low as -15 degrees C, perfect for the bitter Scottish winters. You will have peace of mind knowing no matter how cold it gets outside, your home will be heated wonderfully, all at a lower price than traditional Glasgow boilers.
There are two types of air source heat pump, air-to-water and air-to-air. Air-to-water central heating systems are eligible for the government's Renewable Heat Incentive and work by transferring the heat drawn from the air to a wet central heating system providing hot water to your taps and radiators. Air-to-air systems work by heating your home through air circulation but do not qualify for the RHI.
Renewable Heat Incentive.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to encourage homeowners to install renewable energy systems in their homes by to heating systems that use naturally replenished energy can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions. Households who are part of the scheme will receive 28 quarterly payments over 7 years based on the amount of energy you produce. The tariff that is set when you apply for the RHI will not change, and will actually only ever increase thanks to it being linked to the retail index.
How much can I earn? The renewable heating grants in Scotland is calculated by multiplying the tariff rate by the estimated annual heat load figure taken from your EPC, which will be provided by an accredited Domestic Energy Advisor from the Glasgow Boiler Service. This is divided by four to create the quarterly figure you’ll receive. Heat pumps are subject to an additional calculation to take into account their efficiency. The current tariff rates for air source heats pumps are 7.51p, and ground source heat pumps earn 19.33p per kWh.
Not only will your home receive an income from the RHI, but great savings can be made on top of this. By installing a ground or air source heat pump your household energy bills will be reduced. although some electricity is still used as the system is powered by electricity you will save by replacing the current fuel your business uses with that sourced from natural, completely free, sources. Savings will also be made due to the high efficiency of new heating systems.
Heat pumps are especially efficient, providing huge savings if your home is off the gas grid and is heated by oil or LPG. A typical LPG fuelled household could save £885 to £1,335 per year on fuel bills, and also receive £920 to £1,420 in RHI payments.
Heat Pump Maintenance.
Like any central heating system Glasgow, heat pumps require maintenance and servicing in order to ensure they’re working at their optimum.
The Glasgow Boiler Service’s expert heating engineers can do this yearly, a typical inspection will include: