WHAT IS GROUND SOURCE?
A Ground Source Heat Pump uses a length of looping pipes buried in a garden to pump a special fluid that absorbs warmth from the ground. This heat then passes through a compressor to make it hotter, then passes to the heat exchanger to heat your water. The cooled fluid returns through the pipes again to create a continual flow of energy and heat.
The temperature under-ground is usually constant throughout the year, however, the length of the pipe required will all depend on the size of property and its energy requirements. Longer loops will draw more heat but in turn requires more space to be buried.
WHY CHOOSE GROUND SOURCE?
A Ground Source Heat Pump is an efficient and low maintenance way to heat your hot water and run your heating all year round.
If you are replacing conventional electrical heating with a Ground Source system you will find that your bills will be lower and you can potentially benefit from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive that will provide a regular payment for using this renewable technology.
Taken from the Energy Savings Trust here is a table of the potential fuel savings and RHI benefit that are achievable by replacing a system with Ground Source technology, based on a four bedroom detached house.
|Existing system||Fuel bill savings (£/year)||Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payment (£/year)
1 Jan 2016 to 31 Mar 2016
|Carbon dioxide savings (kgCO2/year)|
|Gas older (non-condensing)||£410 to £595||£2,610 to £3,940||2,000 to 3,000 kg|
|Electric (old storage heaters)||£830 to £1,465||7,100 to 12,000 kg|
|Oil older (non-condensing)||£475 to £725||3,000 to 4,500 kg|
|LPG older (non-condensing)||£1,315 to £1,975||2,700 to 4,100 kg|
|Coal||£645 to £1,045||7,500 to 11,600 kg|
The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) was designed by the Government to encourage households to switch to a greener, renewable method of generating heat.
For a 3+ bed detached house with an example heat demand of 23,000 kWh could provide an annual RHI payout to the homeowner of £4,393 (plus annual inflation) for seven years. (Source – Which)
Our Energy Advisers will thoroughly survey your property and your energy needs before providing their detailed recommendation (including predicted RHI payments if relevant) on what renewable heat products would best suit you and your pocket.
Please call us on 0800 652 3609 if you would like to arrange a free no-obligation survey.