Ground Source Heat Pumps explained

A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) is another example of a renewable energy system you can have in your home. But what do you need for a GSHP, what are the advantages and disadvantages and do you really save money with them? How do they work? It captures heat from the ground which is then released into another location – a house or building – where it can be used for space or water heating. This process works year-round, due to a constant ground temperature of between 8-12C. GSHP’s extract the heat through a series of loops buried underground. This

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Air Source Heat Pumps explained

Air Source Heat Pumps continue to grow as a viable, green alternative boiler that provides heating and hot water. But how do they work, how much do they cost to run, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of energy efficient system? How do they work? ASHP’s capture the solar energy that has warmed the air and absorbs it, at a low temperature, into a fluid. Passing through a compressor, the temperature of the fluid is then increased. Finally, the higher temperature heat is then transferred to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. This

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Renewable Energy for Builders & Architects Factsheets

How much do you know about Solar Photovoltaic Panels? Generating clean and renewable energy, Solar PV, as they’re more commonly known, are an easy way in which to increase your energy efficiency levels. As the general public are opting in to install more solar panels into their home than ever before, reliance on renewables is becoming a regular occurrence, partly due to a 65% decrease in average prices in the last 10 years.     Download your Fact Sheet here               What is Solar PV Battery Storage? Solar PV Battery Storage has very much

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A Guide to Renewable Energy in a Self-Build Home

What is the best renewable energy source for your home? As sustainability has become a priority for many self-builders, it is useful to know what types of renewable energy systems are available to homeowners within the UK. UK Alternative Energy offer a number of renewable energy source systems, any of which can considerably cut your energy costs and reduce your emissions. These options include: Air Source Heat Pumps: One of the most popular options for self builds, being a cost-effective option, which pays for itself and provides additional income via the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). This renewable energy source

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What is a Passive House?

The concept of ‘Passivhaus’ was developed by Dr Wolfgang Feist who wanted to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. In simple terms a Passivhaus, or Passive House, is a super-insulated structure, with minimal thermal bridges, very low air-leakage, has mechanical ventilation and generates power passively through solar gain. The Passive House standard aims to prevent over and under heating, through the creation of a building envelope which can retain heat and does not require active forms of heating such as radiators and gas fires. The Passive House standard is neither confined to traditional housing nor to new dwellings. Passive House

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Passive House or Passivhaus?

One of the most commonly asked questions about buildings meeting the Passivhaus standard relates to the terminology used. A quick google search on will bring conflicting results with different links referring to either ‘Passivhaus’ or ‘Passive House’. When looking at construction and renovations precision is key, and you may rightly be wondering what the differences are between the two.  In actuality there is no differentiation in their meaning. The term ‘Passivhaus’ originates from the German Passivhaus Institut (PHI), which was created as an independent research institution by Dr Wolfgang Feist IN 1996. Since it’s creation most architects and construction experts have been using the

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Tesla Powerwall FAQ

Table of Contents Tesla Powerwall Frequently Asked QuestionsHow much is a Tesla Powerwall 2.0 battery?How long do Tesla Powerwall batteries last?Can you use a Tesla Powerwall without solar panels?Can a Tesla Powerwall power a home?What is the Tesla Backup Gateway 2?What is the Tesla Backup Gateway 2? Tesla Powerwall Frequently Asked Questions How much is a Tesla Powerwall 2.0 battery? As listed on the Tesla website, a single unit Tesla Powerwall 2.0 is £6,650.00, with the supporting hardware being priced at an additional £1,700.00. The total cost amounting to £8,350.00 for you to buy directly from Tesla. Tesla also typically

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Solar Battery FAQ

Table of Contents Solar Battery Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat are the Best Types of Solar Battery?Is it Worth getting a Solar Battery?How much is a Solar Battery for a House?How Good are Solar Batteries?How long can a Solar Battery hold a Charge?Do I need a Battery for my Solar Panel System?What is the Depth of Discharge (DoD) of a Solar Battery?What is the Cyclic Life of a Solar Battery?How many Solar Batteries does it take to power a House?What should I know about the Solar Battery system before buying? What is the Useable Capacity of the battery? What are the Charge/Discharge

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A Guide To Solar Batteries – What You Need To Know

Solar Powers Contribution to the UK’s Renewable Energy Sector In May 2019, Britain was powered by energy sources other than coal for a continuous record-breaking period of over 100 hours. This monumental landmark emphasises just how far renewable energy sources have developed up to this point. The National Grid confirmed that the country is becoming increasingly less dependent on coal as renewable energy sources have become more viable. As the general public are opting in to install more solar panels into their home than ever before, reliance on renewables is becoming “a regular occurrence”. This development built upon the success

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Solar PV Panel Cold Calling

It has come to our attention that you may be receiving letters and calls regarding the Solar PV System we installed at your home; from other companies. We have sent all our customers and homes we’ve installed a Solar PV system a letter to advise of this. It’s also pleasing to see local PCSO’s protecting our customers of these Scams: If you have any issues or queries regarding your system, please contact us on 01522 803854 or info@ukalternativeenergy.co.uk.

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