A guide on how to keep your water piping safe from freezing over, the winter period. As the weather starts to turn a bit colder, and the frost starts to appear in the mornings, one of the least desired things that could happen would be a lack of hot running water, or even worse, a burst water pipe.
Renewable Energy Supplies
Sustainable and Renewable Energy Solutions in London, East Anglia and the South East
Here at Swale Heating we are committed to protecting the planet with our range of sustainable and renewable energy products, therefore alongside the high efficiency condensing boilers which we supply, we are also able to provide renewable and sustainable energy solutions for heating and hot water provision in your home which makes going green as simple as possible.
On the 1st of April 2010 Feed–in Tarrifs (FITs) became available in Britain. Under this scheme energy suppliers have to (compulsory for the big six suppliers) make regular payments to householders and communities who generate their own electricity from renewable or low carbon sources such as solar electricity panels (P.V.).
Prior to the launch of the feed in tariffs many were put off installing their own renewable energy sources due to the large amount of red tape and the high cost of installation, both of which have decreased recently with increased availability and volume of products and the relaxation of planning permission laws.
For more information on our range of renewable energy products or to arrange a no obligation quotation contact us.
Solar PV Panels
Swale Heating offers solar PV panels (Solar photovoltaic panels) allowing you to produce electricity using free energy from the sun.
These solar panels produce their energy from daylight, rather than solar radiation, meaning energy is produced even on cloudy days. This technology is suitable for a variety of buildings, including homes, businesses, schools and hospitals. Solar PV does not have any moving parts and therefore is one of the easiest and reliable ways to future proof against the imminent rising energy costs we all face. Not forgetting that you will drastically reduce your CO2 emissions and play a part in saving the planet by adopting a sustainable energy source.
Swale Heating are fully Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited and where technologies are covered by MCS, all equipment and installers need to comply with the scheme in order to qualify for payments as per the Code for Sustainable Homes Technical Guide (Oct 2010).
Solar PV Panels have a number of benefits including:
- Using a natural and renewable resource to produce zero carbon energy
- Reduces dependency on large–scale commercial electricity providers
- Reduces energy bills, minimising the impact of rising energy costs
- High reliability, with a typical lifetime of over 30 years
- Minimal maintenance (though the inverter may require replacement approximately every 10 years)
- Making money – the Feed in Tariff guarantees a minimum payment for every kW of energy generated for 25 years – see table below
- Save approximately 650kg of CO2 per year (for a typical 2kWp system)
- Improves your homes green potential
For more information on Solar PV panels or to request a free, no obligation quote, call Swale Heating on free phone 0800 731 3344 or contact us
Current Feed-in Tarif Rates
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Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps utilise heat from the outside air and convert it into heat which can be used with a standard heating and hot water system (usually underfloor heating or oversized radiators). Air source heat pumps utilise a refrigerant circuit (similar to a fridge) to increase the temperatures to a level which can be utilised to provide heating and hot water for your home. Air source heat pumps are so effective they are able to extract heat from the air even at temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees centigrade.
Air source heat pumps are designed to provide a total heating and hot water solution for your home, and in most cases means the existing heating sources in the property can be removed.
For more information on Air source heat pump installation or any of our other renewable energy products or to arrange a no obligation quotation contact us
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps make use of heat differentials between the air and the ground. The ground remains warmer than air during the winter, and this energy is available for extraction by a heat pump. Ground source heat pumps use a refrigerant circuit to increase the temperature differential to a level which can be utilised to provide heating and hot water for your home.
Ground source heat pump systems comprise of a ground source heat pump, hot water store and the system used to deliver the heat to the property, usually an underfloor heating circuit or oversized radiators. Heat pumps are designed to provide a total heating and hot water solution for your home, and in most cases means the existing heating sources in the property can be removed.
Solar Thermal Panels
Solar Thermal panels harness the power in both direct and indirect sunlight and convert the energy to heat to produce hot water for the home. Our range of solar panels are designed to work alongside existing heating systems which use a store of hot water in a cylinder. The cylinder requires two heat exchanger coils, one to connect to the boiler in the property and one to connect to the solar panels.
A solar panel system which has been designed correctly should provide between 50 and 70% of the domestic hot water requirements of a typical home.
For more information on solar panel installation or to arrange a no obligation quotation contact us