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Air Source Heat Pump Installation - what's all the fuss

Yesterdays Govt announcement regarding low carbon heating grants of up to £5000 has prompted more questions than answers from consumers. One of the low carbon technologies that seems to be at the forefront of conversations is the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP), that generate heat from the air outside. 

What are Air Source Heat Pumps & how to do they work?

Air source heat pumps have a refrigerant vapour compression cycle and run at low temperatures to optimise efficiency. There are a number of contributing factors that can influence the efficiency and ASHPs are not devices that simply turn on and off like traditional boilers.

The air source heat pump will be able to supply space heating and domestic hot water to the home. The domestic hot water is stored in a specific heat pump cylinder, which is similar to a standard hot water cylinder but has a bigger heat exchange coil. The cylinder capacity is also usually larger than for a boiler because the stored water temperature is a bit lower to optimise the efficiency of the heat pump. 

Below is a link to a recent interview with BBC West Midlands featuring our Director Andrew Percival who explains how an ASHP works and some of the benefits and drawbacks of installing a new system.

Interview with BBC WM - Renuvo Low Carbon Heating

Listen to our Director talk to BBCWM live on air about Air Source Heat Pumps and other Green technologies

UK Government Net Zero Strategy

With this latest pledge to reach net zero, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The path of Britain to ending our contribution to climate change will be laid with well-paid jobs and billions of investment in thriving green industries which will drive the green industrial revolution in Britain. In this way, the UK will play a key role on the international stage in pursuing a net zero policy by designing key sectors, ensuring robust carbon accounting, developing carbon markets and emission trading based on a macroeconomic policy framework for net zero emissions. Important infrastructure decisions will be crucial across government and at all levels of government within the UK Government. 

As part of its commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050, the UK Government launched its landmark Net Zero Strategy, laying out measures to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and move towards a green and sustainable future. The strategy comes as Britain prepares for next week’s UN climate summit, COP26, where the Prime Minister is urging other world economies to draw up their own national plans to cut emissions. In June 2019, the government declared that it would be the first major economy in the world to adopt a law to reach zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and said that it would build a net zero strategy in the months leading up to COP26 in November 2021

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Air Source Heat Pump Grants - Government Announcement 19/10/21

The recent announcement by the government to stop fitting gas boilers by 2035 in favour of Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s) should be no surprise to the gas boiler industry or consumers. The government is keen to ensure the UK, not only meets it’s net zero target of 2050, but also makes secure its energy supply lines.

Whereas most of our gas is currently imported, electricity can be generated on the UK mainland through wind farms, solar photovoltaics (PV) and nuclear. It therefore makes sense to embrace electricity as a more secure sustainable source and low carbon heating for homes and businesses in the country.

Air Source Heat Pumps - Is It Worth It?

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s) have had a bad press recently, largely stoked up by a lack of understanding of the technology and some unfortunate homeowner experiences. Two key factors are vital to ensuring they work effectively. Firstly, homeowners need to maximise the amount of insulation in their lofts and cavity walls before investing in heat pump technology. An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a good way of prioritising your investments to optimise your home’s energy efficiency and there are grants available that can support householders and business.

Secondly, providing the first point has been completed, the installed heat pump should be correctly installed and set up by the engineer to provide heat on a continuous basis. ASHP’s tend to work at lower temperatures, rather than gas boilers that deliver hot water to radiators very quickly. We have found, despite rooms in the home showing they have reached target temperatures, some customers still like the feel of a hot radiator, as it can be psychologically comforting.   

Low Carbon Heating Measures

It is important to say that if a home is badly insulated, the cost of running an ASHP can be prohibitive. This is because, despite the recent price hikes, the cost of domestic gas still remains considerably lower than the price of electricity in the home. One kilowatt hour (Kwh) of electricity [e.g. the equivalent of using a one kilowatt fan heater continually for one hour] works out at around 15p compared with one Kwh of gas, which works out at around 6p per hour.      

What does this mean for customers?

Correctly installed heat pumps should deliver the home a yearly average of 3 to 4kwh of heat for every kwh of electricity used. This means by comparison with gas boiler, heat pumps overall have the edge over a rolling year. However, if a heat pump is having to work harder in a poorly insulated building to deliver heat, particularly during the winter, the ration between electricity used and heat output will drop dramatically the costs of heating can increase disproportionately higher. This is because ASHP’s draw heat from the outside air temperatures and have to work harder to extract the heat, unlike Ground Source Heat Pumps that draw heat from the ground, where the temperatures remain constant. 

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Renuvo low carbon heating & power

Finance Assistant Job Opportunity

Job description

Renuvo are a family run heating company specialising in gas, oil, electrical and renewable heating service, maintenance and installation. After recent contract successes, we are recruiting a part-time Bookkeeper / Finance Assistant to support our Financial Director with the day to day finance of the business.

You will have all the expected qualities; organised, efficient with excellent attention to deal as well as the ability to work in a fast-pace environment. Working closely with our Finance Director, you will be expected to have an understanding of cloud-based financial systems and demonstrate a track record in maintaining purchase and sales ledgers, price checking and inputting crucial financial information.

THE ROLE:

  • Sales, Purchase and Nominal Ledger postings
  • Match purchase orders with invoices and input correctly into our property management software
  • Reconciliation of bank accounts, nominal accounts, expenses and such like
  • Liaise with clients, external suppliers and customers as required
  • Management of sales ledger
  • Maintaining accounts, verifying and posting
  • Supporting FD to develop monthly financial statements, including cash flow, profit and loss statements and balance sheets
  • Assist with quarterly and monthly tax returns, along with payroll, operating and business taxes

YOU MUST HAVE

  • Sound accounting knowledge
  • At least 2 years bookkeeping / finance experience (desirable)
  • Attention to detail
  • An understanding of cloud-based systems such as Xero and Sage
  • A good understanding of Microsoft packages including Word and Excel
  • Strong communication skills

For more information, please visit www.renuvo.co.uk or contact John Percival on 01827 870 950

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Salary: £18,000.00-£26,500.00 per year

How To Apply

Please apply either via Indeed or by sending your CV to andrew.bownes@renuvo.co.uk

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The GReen Homes Grant Scheme

Green Homes Grant Scheme Update

As of the 20th August 2021, Renuvo will no longer be installing solar thermal systems under the current Green Home Grant Schemes. We understand that the whole process has been incredibly frustrating for you due to the lack of clarity regarding your survey/installation and the fact that his was not communicated with you in the first instance. We wanted to take this opportunity to explain to you the reasons behind this delay and our position on this moving forward:

One the main factors behind the delays was to do with the high volumes of enquiries we received in the first few months of the scheme opening up. This was coupled with that fact that our supply chains for materials (Solar Panels & Solar Cylinders) stopped during the COVID lockdown and have only just started to pick up again. Due to these lockdowns and materials being shipped from Europe, this ultimately led to customers waiting longer for surveys and resulted in a massive backlog of work that we were unable to honour at the time. To add to the problems, out of the 16 installations we had completed, only 1 has been paid by the Green Homes Scheme, which has ultimately led to a massive loss for our small company. In some cases where an initial survey had taken place by our partners at First Eco, it was then followed up by a technical survey by a representative from Renuvo and deemed that the property was not suitable for a solar thermal installation. There are obviously many variables that we need to take into consideration when quoting for any work and ultimately we would never proceed with an installation if we didn’t think the customer would not get the full benefits of the measure installed. 

We appreciate that these reasons do not provide a solution for you but we wanted to be honest and open about where we are with the scheme and the impact it has had on our organisation. As a result and with regret, we are unable to fulfil any other installations under the current scheme. The red-tape, coupled with Government bureaucracy has unfortunately led to the closure of a number of our partners and resulted in many contractors refusing to undertake any work under the current scheme. We are now in a position where we need to address the issues and act accordingly to limit the reputational and financial damage the scheme has already done to our organisation.

Getting in Contact

If you would like to contact us for further information, please email ghg@renuvo.co.uk quoting your address and voucher number (If you have this). 

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Join The Renewable revolution

Join Renuvo Under The Government Kick Start Scheme

We are currently in the process of recruiting 3 additional staff members through the Governments Kick Start scheme. As a growing low carbon heating specialist organisation, Renuvo are excited to be able to invest in future generations to pass on skills and knowledge and provide opportunities for them to grow as individuals. Our business provides a broad range of services to local authorities, housing associations, landlords, estate agents, care homes and private homeowners ranging from annual gas boiler servicing to renewable energy advise and installation. As a diverse organisation, you would learn a lot about renewable energy technologies and the heating industry.  

We currently have the following vacancies open under Kick Start:

  • Customer Service Assistant (x2)
  • Business Marketing Trainee (x1)

If you or anybody you know may be interested in these positions, please contact us via email or call us on 01827 870 950

What is the Kick Start Scheme?

In summer 2020, the Chancellor announced a new employer initiative aimed at creating six-month paid work placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment – the Kickstart Scheme. This provides young people between the ages of 16-24 the opportunity to work in n organisation and gain invaluable experience and skills for 6 months. 

If you currently have a ‘Work Coach’, please talk to them directly for advice on how to apply. For all other applicants, please email john.percival@renuvo.co.uk or call on 01827 870 950

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Free Boiler Upgrade Through ECO Scheme

As part of the UK government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO Funding Scheme), if you receive a qualifying benefit and your boiler is 10+ years old, you may be entitled to grant funding towards a brand new A-rated boiler. If you qualify for a free boiler upgrade under the ECO Scheme then you may save up to £320 on your gas bill per year. The scheme runs until 2022 and is funded by the largest UK utility providers.

Free Boiler Upgrade Scheme - what is it?

The free boiler upgrade scheme was launched in January 2013 with an aim to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and provide grants to low-income households, in order to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

The scheme is part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Electricity and Gas Order, which was passed in parliament in 2012 and will run until 2022. It primarily funded by the largest UK utility companies. There are other grants available under the Eco Funding Scheme for the installation of energy saving measures, such as loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and first time boiler installations. To see if you are eligible and to explore other measures available to homeowners, please visit our ECO Gran Scheme webpage

ECO is made up of one primary obligation: the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) and funding for the free boiler scheme is part of this.

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