Energy saving

7 Energy saving tips to improve your Energy Usage

7 Energy saving tips to improve your Energy Usage

There’s plenty of ways you can save energy, from purchasing energy efficient items such as bulbs and electrical equipment, as well as turning the thermostat down and replacing it with a warm jumper. But if you want to go the extra mile (or don’t own a jumper) here’s 7 more ways you can save some energy in the home 1 – The first step is to understand how good your home is at energy efficiency. Most... »

Why Don’t People Steal Wood Pellets?

Why Don’t People Steal Wood Pellets?

If the pellets have been loaded into a storage hopper, then they will be very difficult to access and steal.  Also, as wood pellet boilers have to be within a building (either the house or a sufficiently dry outbuilding) security measures can be put in place, such as suitable locks, which is not the case with an outside oil tank or LPG tank, where the fuel can be siphoned off.  As oil has spiked i... »

Seven Steps to Making the Perfect Wood Pellet

Seven Steps to Making the Perfect Wood Pellet

Pellets are made by compacting sawdust and other wood waste from saw milling.  The lining in the wood binds the pellet together, causing it to hold its shape without the need for any additive. 1. Raw Material  Obtain Raw material from an approved source, such as saw-dust, off-cuts from wood manufacturing or, occasionally, round wood from coppicing.  Make sure that the material is not contaminated ... »

Renewable Energy Firm Offers Free Biomass Boiler Installation

Renewable Energy Firm Offers Free Biomass Boiler Installation

South Yorkshire-based renewable energy providers A Shade Greener has launched a scheme that offers businesses a free commercial wood-pellet boiler installation.  They will install the system and provide twenty years’ maintenance.  The boiler itself, the installation and servicing is all completely free of charge in return for a percentage of the Renewable Heat Incentive tariff for which the boiler... »

The Top Seven Wood Pellet Boilers Reviewed

The Top Seven Wood Pellet Boilers Reviewed

Thinking of changing to a wood pellet boiler? But need some advice on which boiler will best suit your needs? Then have a read of the reviews below…… 1. Froling – P4 Austrian company Froling is recognised throughout Europe as one of the trend-setters in wood heating technology.  The multi-award winning P4 wood pellet boiler is exceptional for its energy maximisation, convenience and fl... »

How Do Wood Pellet Systems Work in the UK?

How Do Wood Pellet Systems Work in the UK?

The UK has lagged behind some of its European neighbours, such as Austria, Sweden and Germany, in terms of its use and practical knowledge of biomass boilers.  Users of wood pellet boilers in the UK have sometimes run into difficulties due to several issues: –          the original installers may not have been sufficiently trained to install the boiler correctly (its buffers and controls are... »

Wood Pellets – Seven Tips You Should Know Before You Buy

Wood Pellets – Seven Tips You Should Know Before You Buy

Thinking through the source, delivery and storage of your wood pellets, below are seven tips to consider: 1.  If you receive, or intend to receive the RHI payments, make sure your supplier is signed up to the Biomass Suppliers List or that you can source your pellets from a supplier who will be registered by this autumn.   From autumn 2014 it will be a requirement for recipients of the RHI to demo... »

Will Wood Pellets replace Oil and LPG (Liquid Propane Gas)?

Will Wood Pellets replace Oil and LPG (Liquid Propane Gas)?

Questions that people switching to biomass boilers might ask are: are there enough wood pellets?  Where do they come from?  Surely chopping down trees is bad?   If everybody switched to biomass, surely there wouldn’t be enough to go round? There is some distinction to be made between the source of pellets that are used in large power stations for electricity generation, where a switch is gra... »

Switching from Oil to Wood Pellets to Heat Your Home

Switching from Oil to Wood Pellets to Heat Your Home

If you are ‘off grid’ and currently rely on oil (or liquid propane gas [LPG]) it’s worth considering switching to a wood-pellet boiler to heat your home and hot water – particularly if your boiler is old and due for replacement, the switch could be considered a ‘no brainer’.  Although the up-front costs are high, you will (i) save around a third on your fuel bill and (ii) you will receive the Gove... »

What is biomass?

What is biomass?

Biomass refers to material derived from living or recently living organisms (usually plants, but animal substances as well). Biomass can be used as a fuel source directly (through processes such as combustion and anaerobic digestion) or indirectly through a conversion process, for example when corn is distilled to make ethanol fuel.  Biomass can be in the form of: wood, energy crops, agricultural ... »

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