Nowadays, everyone wants to be more environmentally friendly and save some money in the process. Being eco-friendly can be as easy as recycling more, or walking to work instead of driving, but there are also many other ways that you can decrease your carbon footprint. Like most things in life, the best things always begin at home.
If you really want to do your bit for the environment and improve the environment around you, then we can definitely help you. At Conwy Valley, we can install a range of energy saving controls and devices. These can come in a wide variety of forms, but they all have something in common – they’re all reasonable priced and come installed by our expert engineers. We are passionate about helping our customers to save money; and we love to do our bit for the planet in the mean time.
Here are some of the energy saving services that we can provide our customers with. If you have any questions, or would just like to learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our members of staff.
Our solar heating services are some of the best in Britain, as we can provide you with the latest solar technology to ensure you save the most money while gaining the benefit of eco-friendly energy. Our specialist installers will be able to work with you to find the ideal solar heating products for you.
This is how they work. Solar panels (collectors) are placed on an advantageous part of the property, usually the roof, and they absorb heat from the sun. The energy taken from the solar panels is then used to heat up water which is already being stored in your hot water cylinder. Depending on the amount of hot water you use, the solar panels can either accommodate all of your hot water needs or act as an additional supplement. Sometimes our customers will use solar heating in conjunction with a boiler/immersion heater.
Solar heating can be expensive to install, but you will certainly benefit from the long-term advantages of eco-living. The cost of installing the average solar water heating system is between £3,000-£5,000. Although this is somewhat substantial, solar panels can cut down on your annual energy bills and they require very little overall maintenance. A recent survey conducted by the Energy Saving Trust found that households which switched from gas to solar heating system could save up to £60 per annum. The table (below) shows the financial and environmental benefits of changing from gas, oil, coal, and electricity to solar energy:
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As you can see, you can save money from installing a solar heating system, and it is much more environmentally friendly. This is even more apparent if you are reliant on coal and electricity for your energy.
Depending on your circumstances, you may also be able to receive payment from the government for using a solar water heating system. This is covered under the Renewable Heat Incentive; a policy put forward by the government to encourage households to invest in solar energy. The Energy Saving Trust has a useful table detailing the typical annual savings from the incentive:
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At Conwy Valley, we will help you to install your solar water heating products. Our engineers are expertly trained and we are passionate about improving the quality of our customer’s lives and homes.
If you want to keep your home nicely heated and warm throughout the colder months, then consider installing underfloor heating. Humans have been using underfloor heating for thousands of years – the Romans even used to build underfloor heating for their bathhouses (known as hypnocastrum). However, a lot has changed since the days of emperors and communal bath tubs. Nowadays, this type of heating is much more effective and can potentially save you money. In addition to this, it can also give you lots of space throughout your house. Can you imagine how much better your home would look without heavy radiators?
Electric underfloor heating can be installed by Conwy Valley Plumbing’s specialist fitters and we’ll be able to help you to choose the ideal service for you.
When it comes to installing underfloor heating, you have the option of adding the electric pipes in individual rooms or throughout the house. It might seem unusual to put underfloor heating in your kitchen or bathroom, for example, but many household floors become very cold in the winter. No one likes walking on cold tiles straight out of the shower.
There are many different types of underfloor heating system and each have their own advantages over the other. One option is Under Tile Floor Heating – an electronic-based system which is placed below ceramic or stone tiles. Depending on the surface area of the room, you can choose from cables or a pre-made electric mat. The cables are flexible but need to be installed individually, making them less ideal for a large surface area. Alternatively, electric mats are quick and can be installed over a significant space.
In addition to Under Tile Heating, you can also opt for underfloor heating for laminate and wood. These electronic Foil Heater Mat Systems (ThermoLAM) are placed beneath the flooring and provide a wonderful source of heat for cold floors. For best results, ThermoLAM is not recommended on wooden flooring which exceeds 18mm in width. You don’t have to worry about surface water reaching the electrics, either. ThermoLAM is covered by a protector layer of laminated foil during the installation process.
Overall, underfloor heating is a safe and effective way of heating your home throughout the year. By using electricity, it’s a less environmentally damaging energy compared to other sources (like coal). However, underfloor heating can be quite expensive to run over long periods of time. It’s unlikely that an entire house could be kept warm using underfloor heating along. Instead, it’s often used as a heat supplement in conjunction with other systems.
Heat pumps can help you to save energy, as they source heat from an alternative location, as opposed to using gas or electricity. This makes for a fantastic way to do your bit for the planet, and we can provide you with all kinds of air-to-air heat pumps and air-to-water heat pumps that will give you the perfect opportunity to save energy. Here is an overview of the service we provide.
An air to air heat pump does exactly what it suggests. An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) will extract heat which radiates out with your home. Given that heat is often lost due to poor insulation, this device can go some way in reclaiming some of that energy back. The pump then re-uses this heat and can feed it back into a variety of household appliances, like radiators or warm air convectors.
You don’t need to worry about your ASHP failing to take in heat during the winter months, either (even if it’s bitterly cold). The ASHP can still absorb outdoor warm up until -15°C. This means that air to air heat pumps are a reliable and consistent method of sourcing your energy throughout the year. Additionally, ASHP’s also qualify under the Renewable Heat Incentive so you might be able to receive an income too. It’s great being able to reduce your carbon footprint, but it’s definitely made all the better when you can save some money too.
Depending on where you live in Britain, you may be subject to planning permission for the installation of a AHSP on your premises. In Scotland and England, they are classified under Permitted Development and therefore do not require official planning permission. However, in Wales and Northern Ireland, it’s important that you contact the local council authorities to ascertain the legal requirements. At Conwy Valley, we are strongly committed to complying with local standards throughout the country.
How can you benefit from energy-saving devices with Conwy Valley?
It’s more important than ever that households use energy-saving devices. Not only do they help to reduce your carbon emissions, they also have the potential to save you money throughout the year. However, at Conwy Valley, we love these devices because they improve the quality of life of our customers. Underfloor heating and solar panels provide people with peace of mind; they don’t need to rely entirely on sourcing their energy from the Grid (which fluctuates financially every year). Furthermore, technology has developed in such a way that solar panels and heat pumps are not reliant on warm weather. They have been designed to accommodate our British climate and we’re certainly grateful for that.
In addition to these advantages, energy saving devices also benefit from being relatively low maintenance. Solar panels require very little upkeep and Geothermal heating is even more self-reliant. This is fantastic news for people who don’t want any fuss, but still depend on their devices for comfort and peace of mind. It’s even better news that the government will also give financial incentives to people who have their own renewable energy systems.
At Conwy Valley, we are passionate about providing and installing the best quality energy-saving products on the market. Our expert engineers have been specially trained to install a variety of devices, from pumps to underfloor heating, and we are committed to professional excellence.
If you would like to know more about our products, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our members of staff.
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