Power your property with Green Home Systems based in Ayrshire
With energy prices soaring and the cost of living soaring, the economic and environmental benefits of making our homes more efficient – and producing our own energy – have never been more apparent, and businesses such as Green Home Systems are here to help.
YOUR own home can be bad for you – and your carbon footprint. Often poorly insulated, expensive to heat and a major contributor to carbon emissions, the built environment alone currently contributes 23% of CO2 emissions in the UK.
And with rising energy prices and a major cost of living crisis looming – not to mention the added pressure from Scotland heading inexorably towards a 2045 net zero target – the good news is that homes and buildings can easily be made more efficient.
Homeowners should note, however, that energy efficiency upgrades are often done in a piecemeal, piecemeal fashion – one company providing the insulation, another installing a heat pump and yet another installing energy-efficient lighting. This can increase complexity and the risk of misunderstandings.
But forward-thinking companies such as Ayrshire’s Green Home Systems – fully accredited energy efficiency specialists – are taking a different, simpler and more integrated approach. Based in Irvine, they offer turnkey solutions, acting as a one-stop-shop and treating the whole house as one project.
Alastair Macphie, its managing director, explains this approach. “First, we look at the fabric of the building and make sure it’s properly insulated and has as low an energy requirement as possible.
“We will see what can be done in terms of renovation to bring it up to an efficient level. Then we will install the systems providing electricity to the house – devices such as heat pumps, solar panels and batteries .
“These ensure that you are producing your electricity from an environmentally friendly source.”
Mr. Macphie points out that there is no point in installing a renewable heating system if the walls and roof of the property are simply letting heat escape.
“The goal is to make the home more energy efficient and lower your bills.”
Grants and interest-free loans may be available from Home Energy Scotland and can help offset the cost of the work, it adds.
“It may be possible to get up to £10,000 in finance for a heat pump, with up to £7,500 available as a grant and £2,500 as an interest-free loan.”
Green Home Systems will be happy to organize the work if necessary in order to adapt to the budget of each household.
“It allows you to continue dealing with one company, which makes a lot of sense. If people want to insulate their house first, wait six months, then install the heat pump and maybe the lighting, that’s possible.
Undertaking the project on a whole-house basis is in many ways like building a house extension, he says. “You can do it yourself and deal with lots of sub-contractors or you can get someone to take care of everything and manage the project as well. This is what we do.”
What kinds of costs might be involved? To some extent, it depends on customer requirements. Options may include cavity wall, attic, subfloor or exterior wall insulation. “Obviously it will also depend on the size of the house, but to properly insulate your house will probably cost around £2,000.
“However, Home Energy Scotland grants are available for this purpose, with up to £1,000 of funding for each measure. So if someone had a property with no infilled cavity walls or attic insulation, this funding would be available for both measures and would likely cover the cost.
Heat pumps are more expensive, usually costing between £15,000 and £20,000 depending on the property. “But you’re installing a new heating system, so that’s a big change. You also need to install new radiators in most cases, as you need bigger ones to keep the heat pump running efficiently. Again, however, grants are available to help with funding.
Ultimately, Macphie says, the final cost to the buyer may not be so different from installing a new gas boiler, but with the added benefit that you’re future-proofing your property.
Another option for homeowners taking a whole-house approach is to consider installing solar panels, which can generate the electricity needed to power the heat pump.
“These are going to become more popular. If you combine them with battery storage, you can conserve the electricity they generate. So if you have an electric vehicle (EV) and a charging point for it in your house, you can plug in your car overnight and use solar power from the battery to charge it for free,” says Mr. Macphie.
With electricity bills and a household’s carbon footprint shrinking, it’s easy to see why home renewables have growing appeal.
“There is now more publicity for this type of solution than a year ago. Maybe because they are more environmentally conscious now or worried about how much their bills will be, people are now really focusing on improving the energy efficiency of their homes. »
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