This page to be used as a repository of links to green alternatives – Pros & Cons / costs / grants. Gradually build this up as we share information between ourselves.
- Ground source heat pump system (trenched pipes vs boreholes) – overview from Energy Saving Trust
- Air source heat pump system – overview from Energy Saving Trust
- Solar thermal for hot water – overview from Energy Saving Trust
- Biomass – only green if using local surplus wood sustainably, hence unlikely to be a scalable solution (read more in FAQs)
- Other? – electric boiler with large buffer tank, but no grants available for this….?
Where to start
The government’s Renewable Heat Calculator gives overall advice including how much grant you’ll get for the different green heating options. You have to enter some basic information on the structure of your home (wall type, insulation etc). This is a good place to start.
Options to reduce usage. [Research what grants available]
How to make your home more efficient
Air or ground source heat pumps operate at a lower temperature, and so your insulation has to be up to scratch. Information to be provided below on how to improve insulation.
Simon Oldridge has bought a thermal imaging camera which can highlight any insulation issues in your home. Contact him on 07889 379910. Simon is asking for voluntary donations of £5-£10 if you want to borrow it. It cost £430.
- Loft insulation – advice from Energy Saving Trust
- cavity wall insulation
- double glazing
- Draft sealing (brushes etc)
- Mention significant cost efficiency in laying ground source pipes if any building work being done / new build
- Should we give recommendations – or maybe allow parishioners to add recommendations of companies they’ve used?