Green Deal, Solar PV, Boilers, Wall Insulation, Swansea, Cardiff

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Suntec Renewables are now able to provide a range of energy-saving measures under the Green Deal government scheme in South Wales. The initiative is designed to encourage business and home owners to adapt a more environment-friendly approach to the use of energy.

Central Heating & Hot Water Systems

We are qualified to install one of the new range of gas-fired condensing boilers to replace your old inefficient boiler system. Condensing boilers can help reduce your fuel bills and your carbon footprint by recovering the waste heat which is expelled through the flue system of a non-condensing boiler and passing it through a second heat exchanger where it extracts additional heat. With a boiler that’s 10 years old or more, which doesn’t have the benefit of today’s condensing technology, as much as 30% spent on fuel for your heating and hot water is wasted.

For homes that don’t have a boiler and radiators, an alternative is the use of electric storage heaters. These heat up overnight using cheaper off-peak electricity, and then give out the heat during the day. Electric storage heating is more common in flats, in rented property, and in homes with no mains gas connection. If you have storage heaters, you will probably also have a hot water cylinder heated by one or two immersion heaters.

If you have a system like this, you have several options for improvements. For example, you may install newer, more controllable storage heaters or fit thermostats and controls to make your existing system more efficient.

Green Deal Grants in South Wales can provide you with a new central heating and hot water system.

External & Internal Wall Insulation

To insulate an external solid wall, a layer of insulation material is fixed to the walls with mechanical fixings and adhesive, then covered with protective layers of render or cladding. The finish can be smooth, textured or painted, tiled, panelled, pebble-dashed (for easy maintenance) or finished with brick slips to provide a real masonry brick finish. The finish will cover the whole of the outside of your property, including existing brickwork, and may change its appearance. So you must find out if you need planning permission for this service under the Green Deal grants scheme if your property is in Swansea, Cardiff or South Wales.

To prevent condensation, recessed areas around windows must be insulated as well as the walls – with the depth of insulation depending on the width of the window frame. All external pipework and other fittings will have to be removed and replaced, and it may be necessary to extend window sills and even the roof overhang to protrude beyond the new layer. It is often possible to fit additional sills to avoid replacing any of the original structure.

There are two ways to insulate a solid wall internally – with rigid insulation boards, or a stud wall. Stud wall insulation is thicker than rigid insulation boards, so it will reduce the size of your room more. But a stud wall is strong enough to hold heavy fittings such as kitchen units, radiators or wash basins. Insulation boards need fixings that go through them and into the wall behind. Is the wall’s surface even? If the plaster is uneven or plaster has been removed and the brick,work is uneven, the wall must be levelled with a layer of plaster or render before boards can be fitted, so a stud wall might be a better option.

Before your walls can be insulated, any problems with penetrating or rising damp must be resolved. Insulation should not be used to cover, hide or isolate damp as this could lead to serious problems in the future.

Green Deal Grants in South Wales can provide you with internal and external wall insulation.

Lighting Controls & Fittings

Lighting accounts for around 8% of a typical household’s energy bills, so cutting your lighting bill is one of the easiest ways to save energy and money in the home. Whether you rent or own your property, or live in a house, flat or bungalow, you can save money today by changing the way you use your lights and by fitting new energy-saving lights and light fittings. Of course, the easiest way to save on your lighting bill is simply to turn off the light when you’re not using it. You will ALWAYS save energy if you turn the light out when you leave the room, even if it’s only for a minute or two.

Green Deal Grants in South Wales can provide you with more energy efficient lighting for your home.

For more information about Green Deal Grants in South Wales, contact us today.