Why use renewable energy?
There is now a scientific consensus that climate change is real and that it poses an immense threat to the world we live in. To help lessen the effects of climate change, we must reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions. This can be achieved by generating our energy from sources that emit low or even zero levels of greenhouse gases, such as renewable energy. We can also make sure that we use energy as efficiently as possible.
The cost of powering British homes has risen dramatically in recent years, with the average household now paying over £1,000 a year on fuel.
Why Barrier Energy?
- Save money
- Save energy
- Save the environment
Barrier Energy are dedicated suppliers of renewable energy solutions, including solar panels, solar PV, wind turbines, gasification boilers, underfloor heating and ground and air source heat pumps.
Our clients include:
- Housing Associations
Barrier Energy are a Microgeneration approved installer (MCS1126), which means we can install the most suitable renewable technology for your needs.
Barrier Energy are committed to providing renewable energy solutions to the highest standards and quality and to make it an affordable option for everyone.
To arrange a free survey for your home or business, contact us.
Up to 50% for LCBT (Low Carbon Building Trust) Phase 2
Other various grants available on LCBT Phase 1, dependent on technology
- Solar Water Heating
- Wind Turbines
- Solar PV
- Underfloor Heating
- Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Air to Air Heat Pumps
The Sun sends huge amounts of energy to the Earth. In the UK we receive around 60% of that received on the equator. This is the equivalent to the output of 1,000 power stations. Using the sun’s energy reduces our consumption of conventional fuel and helps to reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases.
- Reduces your electricity bills, since daylight is free,
- Generating your own hot water means you’ll avoid any gas, oil and electricity price rises,
- Having solar panels increases the value of your property,
- Extremely low maintenance, with a long functional lifetime of 30 years or more.
Save the Environment
- Your own clean power source that helps reduce global warming
- You can save a tonne of carbon dioxide in a year.
- Pollution free
- Zero carbon
- Silent in operation
How Does it Work?
An electronic controller compares the temperature of the solar collectors with the temperature of the water in your cylinder. Whenever the collectors are hotter than the cylinder, the controller switches on the system’s circulating pump. A mixture of antifreeze and water is then circulated through the collectors and the cylinder’s heat exchanger, heating the cylinder in just the same way as a central heating boiler.
How Much Hot Water Can I Get?
Solar powered thermal systems can provide almost all of your hot water during the summer months and about 50% across a year.
How Long do they Take to Fit?
In most homes our trained installers will be able to fit your system in less than three days.
Barrier Energy is an approved installer of Swift Wind Turbines. The Swift Wind Energy System is the world’s first building mountable wind turbine with unique patented aerodynamic technology for unprecedented silent, safe, efficient operation.
We can supply, install and support these turbines to power community and local authority projects, farms, country estates, industrial units, rural domestic properties, offices, schools and many more applications across the United Kingdom.
Barrier Energy will help with every phase of the project from the initial idea through to completion, including the planning permission and grant application processes, to complete a successful project
Solar PV panels (photovoltaics)
Solar PV panels require only daylight, not necessarily sunlight, and are therefore capable of generating electricity on a cloudy day. They can be installed on the roof of most homes that can support the equipment and can easily be connected to a buildings electricity supply. The stronger the sunshine the more electricity is produced.
PV Cells come in a variety of shapes and colours, from grey “solar tiles” that look like roof tiles to panels and transparent cells that you can use on conservatories and glass.
Benefits of Solar PV panels
Reduce your carbon footprint
When in use, a Solar PV panel does not generate greenhouse gases or cause pollution. Each killowatt-peak (kWp) of electricity produced can save approximately 455 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions compared with electricity generated from fossil fuels.
Reduce your electricity bills
Sunlight is free, so once you pay for the initial installation, your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce about 40% of electricity a household uses in an year.
Sell electricity back to the grid
If your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can’t use it someone else can – and you can sell it back to the grid.
Store electricity for a cloudy day
If your home isn’t connected to the national grid you can store excess electricity in batteries to use when you need it
Barrier Energy supplies and installs a wide range of quality biomass boilers, turning your heating bill from an expense, into an income. We will help you choose the right solution for your property, from our wood pellet, chip and log boilers.
Due to the massive saving in the cost of fuel compared to oil, LPG and electricity, and the government’s generous Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), your biomass boiler can have a payback of as little as 2 years.
Example from one of our clients:
A farmer is using electricity to heat his livestock buildings, at a cost of £75,000 per year.
Using self chipped wood, the cost of the heat falls to £12,500, a saving of £62,500.
The government’s RHI scheme will pay him £34,000 per year as a reward for generating renewable heat, saving carbon.
He is almost £100,000 per year better off. The £200,000 cost of installation is offset after only 2 years, and over the 20 year lifetime of the equipment, he will be a staggering £3 MILLION better off (allowing for inflation at 4%).
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Underfloor heating is invisible and maintenance free, with no space consuming radiators.
Underfloor heating requires only low temperature hot water and is ideal for use with modern condensing boilers. With underfloor heating, comfort levels are high and running costs are low.
A traditional radiator system transfers energy into a room or space largely by convection. This convection results in the floor being the coolest part of the room, leaving a mass of warm air at ceiling level.
An underfloor system, however, heats almost entirely by radiation. This is the most natural and comfortable form of heating, like the sun. Radiant energy is emitted by the floor, partly reflected by each surface and partly absorbed. Where it is absorbed, that surface becomes a secondary heat emitter. After a while, all surfaces and furnishings themselves radiate energy and the room becomes evenly and uniformly warmed.
The energy reaches into every corner of the room or space, which means no cold spots, no warm ceiling and no cold feet! In buildings with high ceilings, the temperature actually reduces as the height increases, whilst with other systems, the convection effect increases the temperatures at high level, giving a high heat loss through the roof. In addition to this, with underfloor heating, the comfort level is achieved with an air temperature that is 2°C lower than convection heating systems. These factors mean that when designing an underfloor heating system, little allowance is required for buildings with high ceilings such as churches, barns, sports halls and similar buildings.
Advantages of Underfloor Heating:
- It can reduce running costs by 30%
- It is the most comfortable form of heating
- It is safe, unobtrusive, frees wall space and is quiet in operation
- It is virtually maintenance free
- It is easy to control
And it’s healthier. Underfloor heating reduces humidity within floor coverings, preventing dust mites from surviving or ensuring that they rise to the surface, where regular cleaning removes them. The reduction in air movement with underfloor heating also reduces the ingress of airborne and carpet or floor covering fungi spores, leading to an allergy free environment.
What are they?
Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) collect energy stored in the earth or in the air and use it for space heating and domestic hot water (dhw). They can also cool the house in the summer. This is the most advanced technology available for home heating, hot water and cooling, because the earth itself “stores” energy, it is an extremely reliable and constant energy source. It creates no harmful emissions and uses a very small amount of electricity to drive the pumps themselves.
How do they work?
A heat pump works in the same way as a refrigerator, but in reverse. The collection system consists of a single deep borehole in the garden. Alternatively, where space permits, a looped array of pipes buried about 1.2 metres below the surface can be used.The ground source heat pump then extracts the heat stored in the earth.This low temperature energy passes through a CFC-free refrigerant cycle which converts it into higher temperatures to heat the home. In summer, with an underfloor heating system connected to the heat pump, this process is reversed, cooling the room to a comfortable temperature. If you are considering having a ground source heat pump installed, you may be eligible for a grant through the Low Carbons Buildings Fund.
Barrier Energy are approved installers of Vaillant Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Barrier Energy are approved installers of Vaillant air to air heat pump systems. They can efficiently heat a room during the winter and as an added benefit also provide cooling during the summer. This means you can enjoy a climate controlled environment all year round. Advanced filter solutions also bring good news for allergy sufferers with the air to air heat pump system cleaning the air as it circulates in the room. And, due to it’s high efficiency in heating mode, it’s more environmentally friendly than many conventional heating systems.
All Vaillant climaVAIR air to air heat pumps are supplied in a predefined set, which includes the indoor and outdoor units, infra red remote control and pipe work and fittings to allow installation of the indoor unit up to 10m from the outdoor unit.
For over 10 years, Vaillant air to air heat pump systems have been the preferred choice for discerning domestic and commercial customers across mainland Europe. Now available in the UK, they have been tried, tested and proven in a huge variety of applications – and because all Vaillant systems incorporate high efficiency heat pump technology to heat as well as cool, their systems offer genuine year round climate control. Furthermore, each unit has plenty of built-in convenience features representing unbeatable value.
All climaVAIR air to air heat pumps have high efficiency ratings and utilize zero ozone depleting potential (ODP) refrigerants.
This gives Barrier Energy customers piece of mind that installations will be to the highest quality using approved methods and materials. It also means that customers of Barrier Energy now have access to a range of government and local council grants.
The Government has set a target for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 60 per cent (relative to 1990 levels) by 2050.
As part of its wide-ranging drive to meet that target the Government is encouraging householders and others to use microgeneration technologies to produce sustainable energy.
At the same time the Government is emphasising the importance of energy efficiency and conservation. There is much all of us can do with relatively little effort to cut our energy use â€“ and save money.
Please click on www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/public/planning/greenerhomes/ for further information. You will find a guide that looks at the main domestic microgeneration technologies and for the different ways to make more efficient use of energy in the home.
The Government has recently extended and clarified the scope of permitted development for installing microgeneration equipment in domestic properties.
The objective is to provide a clear set of rules that provide extra freedom for permitted development so long as it has little or no impact beyond the host property.
Wind turbines and air source heat pumps are not yet permitted development. However, once standards have been established to address the potential impacts of noise and vibration, these technologies will also enjoy permitted development rights