Renewable technologies to heat your home

Renewable technologies and alternative energy sources have received some bad press over the past few years, with a number of not-so-honest solar panel installers leaving home owners out of pocket or with equipment that simply isn’t suitable for their homes.  However if done properly, renewable technologies such as biomass boilers or solar thermal heating can be cost effective for your home, reduce your energy bills and be good for the environment.

Steve and Andy Pearce from Warmer Homes Heating & Renewables have years of experience in installing these types of technologies, are fully insured and certified and will always work closely with home owners to ensure the technology and equipment installed is right for both the home and the home owner.

Plus, Warmer Homes Heating & Renewables will also help you identify whether you are entitled to any funding or support to install these technologies such as the Governments Feed-in-Tariff or Renewable Heat Incentive.

So what are these renewable technologies and what do they do?

– Biomass Boilers – These are wood-fuelled heating systems, which burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth for your home.  This can be done via a stove which burns logs or pellets and may be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well.  If you want to your entire home and hot water, a biomass boiler burns logs, pellets or chips would be used instead.  Fitting a wood-fuelled biomass boiler could save you up to £880 a year compared to electric heating (Energy Saving Trust calculations).

– Solar Photovoltaics – Solar photovoltaics (PV) are also commonly known simply as solar panels, and work by capturing the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells.  Although the UK is not known for its sunny days, solar PV still works well here as they don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.  This sunlight is converted into electricity which can be used to run household appliances and lighting.

– Solar Thermal – Solar water heating systems use heat from the sun to warm hot water in your home.  These work alongside a conventional boiler or immersion heater to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.  The heat is collected via solar panels, called collectors, fitted to your roof and this heat is used to warm up water stored in a hot water cylinder

– Heat Pumps – These come in two forms; Air Source Heat Pumps or Ground Source Heat Pumps.  The heat produced by these pumps can be used to heat your home and hot water,

An air source heat pump works by extracting heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside.  This works even when the temperatures outside are incredibly cold.   Ground Source Heat Pumps use pipes buried in the garden to pull heat from the ground.

For more information about our renewables services or to find out if they are suitable for your home, please call us on 01375 489450 or email


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