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Benefits of biomass boilers

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Are you considering switching to a biomass boiler?
Tempo’s renewable energy experts will guide you through all the options and help you decide which are the best for you and your building. Our aim is to explain the technologies in simple terms, highlighting the benefits that each can bring you and your home.

Why biomass?
Biomass boilers offer an environmentally sound, heating solution by burning their own wood chip pellets. With rising energy costs and the uncertain future of fossil fuels, sustainable alternatives have never been more important.
Burning biomass, such as wood pellets, emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as a plant would in its whole lifetime of growing, therefore biomass pellet boilers are classed as carbon-neutral renewable energy.
Biomass boilers burn biomass fuels such as pellets extremely efficiently and use the heat produced to provide heating and hot water. They can also be more cost effective and efficient than fossil fuel boilers, especially in rural or off mains gas areas.

Biomass boilers can save you up to £1390 a year on your energy bills and you could be eligible for payments through the Governments Renewable Heat Incentive of between £1730- £2610 annually.
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  • Ideal for off-gas areas
  • Sustainable fuel
  • Earn domestic RHI payments for 7 years
  • Earn commercial RHI payments for 20 years
  • Affordable heating fuel
  • Low Carbon Option

Biomass Boiler Savings Guide

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Existing system Fuel bill savings (£/year) Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payment (£/year) 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015 Carbon dioxide savings (kgCO2/year)
Electricity (old electric storage heaters) £490 to £880 £1,730 to £2,610 9,700 to 15,700 kg
Oil older (non-condensing) £130 to £140 £1,730 to £2,610 5,600 to 8,200 kg
LPG older (non-condensing) £970 to £1,390 £1,730 to £2,610 5,300 to 7,800 kg
Coal £300 to £460 £1,730 to £2,610 10,100 to 15,400 kg

Cost savings of biomass boilers

Heating your home or business with biomass can lead to significant annual cost savings off your heating and fuel bills, particularly for users that have high heat usage requirements. The cost of heat generated by logs, wood chips, or wood pellets is significantly lower than the cost of heat generated by heating oil, gas, or electricity: with increasing world demand for fossil fuels, it is likely that this gap will increase further, even after accounting for possible price increases on wood fuel. According to the Energy Savings Trust you could save you up to £880 a year compared to electric heating and up to £1390 a year compared to LPG heating. They also state, "savings in carbon dioxide emissions are very significant - up to 15.4 tonnes a year - when a wood-fuelled boiler replaces a solid (coal) fired system or electric storage heating". Making the switch to wood or pellet fueled biomass has been made even more attractive by financial incentives to invest in wood fueled systems by the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The purpose of this government backed scheme is to encourage investment in renewables technologies, particularly as investment costs are higher than for fossil fuelled plant. For eligible systems, this guarantees a fixed and index-linked income for every kWh of heat generated. This will provide home owners or businesses with a valuable stream of income, as well as significant reductions to the cost of heat generation. For many biomass users, the combination of lower heating costs, as well as income from the RHI, makes investment compelling. Payback on initial investments can be achieved in as little as 5-6 years, and the return on investment can be as high as 20%, or even better.

How to choose your biomass boiler installer

Installing a biomass boiler is unlike any other type of boiler and you should complete your due diligence on your installer to ensure you are comfortable and happy that they are the right installer for you. What questions should you ask?

  • Ask how long the company has been installing biomass boilers.
  • Is the installer MCS accredited and a member of Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC)
  • Find out how many installations the company has done and ask to visit at least one local installation. Reputable companies will be happy to show you a working system as well as letting you talk to the boiler owner.
  • During your sales visit, check that the sales person has a good level of technical knowledge. They should clearly understand your current heating system and be able to explain how the biomass system will connect to your property.
  • Make sure that the salesperson gives due attention to how your fuel will be delivered to the fuel store. Remember you will have to do this for 20 years so keeping it simple yet effective is important.
  • Does the installer use their own employed or subcontract the work.
  • Your quote should include a detailed breakdown of your projected payback period, income from the Renewable Heat Incentive and savings on energy bills).
  • Does the installer help complete the RHI paperwork
  • What after sales service do they provide

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    Help in a boiler emergency

    Mrs Williams, Prestatyn, North Wales

    To Andy and staff, Many thanks for all your help today, in my emergency.” Andy and the team were able to quickly respond to a boiler repair emergency in Prestatyn.

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    Over the moon

    Mr & Mrs Hughes- Wrexham, North Wales

    We are over the moon with the boiler install and the work that has been completed at the property. I was very happy with how professional and tidy they were and can’t thank them enough for everything they have done.

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    Mr O'Hara- Liverpool

    Really pleased with today.  The guys worked so hard and were extremely professional.    Thank you so much.  We will certainly recommend you whenever possible.  We’ve already told number 7 how good they were !!!

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