With climate change high on the agenda, many homeowners would like to “go green” and reduce their carbon footprint.
One of the best ways is to move to a heating system based on renewable energy, as heating makes up 45% of the country’s carbon emissions.
Paul Smith is director of Green Square, based in Tunbridge Wells, which designs and installs renewable heating and hot water systems using a range of technologies, such as heat pumps, solar thermal and solar PV, biomass boilers and wood-pellet stoves.
He is particularly enthusiastic at the moment about the new range of pellet stoves for space heating.
He said: “Installing a pellet stove is an ideal entry point. It’s a small step up from a wood burner but they have a surprising number of advantages:
- They are controllable. To turn on just press a button on the stove, on the remote control or even your phone or computer;
- They are programmable, ensuring they are roaring away when you come home;
- You can set the temperature and they will reach and maintain that level of warmth;
- They will easily provide an evening’s comfort without refilling;
- They are over 90% efficient, as against a traditional stove’s 70%;
- The fuel itself, wood pellets, comes in waterproof bags which are clean and easy to load.
- The moisture content is under 10%, ensuring a hot, clean burn, and with minimal ash, cleaning is a simple hoover out;
- All pellets are from sustainable sources, ensuring that they are part of a carbon-neutral cycle.
Paul said: “They look great and provide a modern, carbon-neutral form of heating.”
Green Square, based in Tunbridge Wells, offers the complete range of renewable technologies across Kent, from initial enquiry to design, installation and after-sales servicing. As a member of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme they can also offer access to RHI payments.
Members of: Consumer Protection Association (CPA) the Renewable Energy Code of Conduct (RECC) and HETAS.