What does ‘fabric first’ mean? ensure that you have suitable insulation in your home, as this will help to minimise heat loss and maximise efficiencies of low carbon technological solutions.
To improve energy efficiency, take a ‘whole house and fabric first’ approach. Everyone has different needs, lifestyles, budgets and houses.
- Check your EPC rating
- Get a retrofit assessment
- Get quotes for any low carbon solutions to ensure best value
Heat pumps are an Eco Friendly Alternative to a boiler that is powered by electricity;
- Connected to existing pipework
- Run at 50 Degrees
- Requires a HWC (water tank)
- Good partnership with Solar
- Environmental Benefits, not fossil fuel reliant
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
- Government scheme to support the decarbonisation of homes and small non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.
- £5,000 towards the cost and installation of an air source heat pump (or a biomass boiler, in rural locations that are not connected to the gas grid).
- £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump
- use a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) installer who will apply for the grant on your behalf and then redeem upon completion
- You need a valid energy performance certificate with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
- Only properties which are fully replacing an existing fossil fuel system
- Modern heat pumps are compact, energy efficient and make about as much noise as your refrigerator.
- Air source heat pumps are still capable of extracting heat from the air when temperatures are as low as -15°C. And can have air conditioner functionality too.
- Both air source and ground source heat pumps are compatible with underfloor heating and radiators – although it may be more efficient if connected to an underfloor heating system
- Larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time, can help to maximise the benefits of heat pumps.
- Check whether you require planning permission from your local planning authority before installing any new renewable system, especially if you live in a conservation area or listed building.
- What accreditation bodies to look for; HIES (covers warranty's), MCS (quality control) & NAPIT.