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Case Studies

Case Studies

Solar customer enjoys sunny days in Scarborough

Key Facts

  • Family home
  • Installed solar panels as part of large home inprovement project
  • 4kw system fitted
  • SW facing roof

Benefits

  • Regular payments from feed-in tariff and export tariff boost family income
  • Free electricity during the day reduces the family's electricity bill
  • Completely maintenance free

Two years after their solar panels were fitted, our customer is still pleased with the installation. 

Having received a number of quotes I selected Life’s Energy to fit my Solar PV panels because I considered they offered a good service at a sensible price. They were professional, the schedule of work was efficient and happened as it was meant to, without mess or fuss. Having had the panels now for two years I am delighted with the reduction on my energy bills plus the income earned each year is great. All I have to do is submit a reading every quarter and I receive a payment from my energy supplier. I love sunny days at the best of times – I love them more now – and it doesn’t have to be a bright day to generate electricity either! I’ve recommend Life’s Energy previously to friends and I’ll continue to do so.

Solar panels in Pickering perform better than predicted despite a wet summer

Key Facts

  • Four kW solar photovoltaic system on family home
  • South facing roof
  • Approved installer 
  • 20 year guarantee

Benefits

  • Return on investment of 17% from combined feed-in tariff and electricity savings
  • Installation paid off in under six years on an installation guaranteed for 20 years
  • Free electricity massively reduces energy bills for family home

Life's energy installed a 4 kW solar photovoltaic system on a home in Pickering North Yorkshire as an investment for our customer.  He emailed us to say how thrilled he is with the results:

It is now a year since you installed our solar system and I thought you would be interested in how it has performed. 

Your original predictions when you quoted me were:-

  • 3413 kWh produced = £1477.61
  • Exported to grid = £52.89
  • Electricity saving 1706 kWh = £221.81

The actual figures for the year were:-

  • 3641.1 kWh produced = £1,627.32
  • Exported to grid = £57.66
  • Electricity saving 3640.8 kWh = £367.51

Therefore my:

  • Return on capital invested FIT only = 14.16%
  • Return on capital invested FIT + savings = 17.25%

Needless to say we are delighted with both the system, which has to date been trouble free, and its first years performance in what has been one of the worst dullest and wettest summers on record. The capital cost will be recovered in less than 6 years at current performance rates.

Solar panels fitted efficiently in York

Key Facts

  • 16 solar pv panels
  • 4kW system
  • 4 hours to fit
  • SW facing roof
  • Rural location

Benefits

  • Prompt professional fitters
  • Guaranteed installation from approved suppliers
  • Life's Energy team - fast and efficient
  • Free electricity during daylight hours
  • Feed in tariff payment from the Government for 20 years

The Life's Energy team of experienced fitters make a quick and efficient job of installing renewable energy systems to households throughout North Yorkshire, Humberside and Teesside.  This customer emailed us with the following recommendation immediately after installation:

We had a 4.0 kW Solar Panel system comprising 16 Solar Photovoltaic panels fitted, it took around 6 hours from the team arriving promptly at 8.30am. They were all very professional and just got on with the job. I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Life’s Energy.

The advantages of having a biomass boiler in a residential property

Key Facts

One tonne of pellets delivered every other month

Pellets cost £220 per tonne

Renewable Heat Incentive payments of around £1000 per quarter

8.25 tonnes of carbon saved each year


 

Benefits

Low maintenance

Ash makes a great fertiliser

RHI payable tax-free for 7 years

Biomass fuel is carbon neutral

A year ago Mr & Mrs Fisher were looking to replace their old oil burning boiler.  Concerned about erratic oil prices and keen to get efficiency from their fuel, the couple looked to biomass to provide heat and water for their five bedroom property in North Yorkshire.


New boiler efficiencies up to 98%

Rural North Yorkshire can often be chilly, so heating a family home can become costly, especially when running an older boiler. Replacing an old boiler with new brings cost efficiencies; but replacing any boiler with one powered by biomass fuel brings up to 98% efficiency as well an income from the Government's RHI scheme.


Government payments of around £4,000 per year, for seven years

A Renewable Heat Incentive is paid by the Government on a quarterly basis rewarding home owners for every KwH of heat energy they generate.  It is index linked and tax free. The Fishers received  £4,377 in their first year. The payments will continue for 7 years.


Sustainable fuel saves 8.25 tonnes of carbon each year

Biomass fuels such as pellets, logs and wood chips are renewable and classed as carbon neutral as they only release carbon recently absorbed by the tree. Whereas fossil fuels release carbon which has been trapped for millennia. The ash resulting from the daily burning of biomass fuel (approx. 1%) makes a great fertiliser too.


Mr & Mrs Fisher commented, "Our biomass boiler is an important part of family life. It provides heat and an income for our household whilst being reassuringly gentle on the environment."

Calculate how much carbon you could save by installing a biomass boiler to replace your oil burning heating system by using our online calculator.

 

Coppicing Trees on Glaisdale Farm Provides Fuel for Biomass Boiler

Key Facts

  • 50kw LogWin Windhager Biomass boiler 
  • Two Accuwin 1,500 litre accumulators 
  • District heating pipe DUO Rauvitherm Insulated pipe
  • Burns wood grown on the farm

Benefits

  • Tax-free Renewable Heat Incentive payment for the next 20 years
  • Saving of around £2,000 per year by switching to wood from oil 
  • Payment of £4,887 in the first 
  • Capital outlay paid off within 7 years
  • 37.5% Return on Investment over 20 years

Fallen Wood Used for Heating

Chris and Emma Padmore manage the woodland around their working organic cattle & sheep farm using the traditional coppicing technique.  This provides them with the 16 cubic metres of fuel they need to heat their farmhouse, bunk barn and camping barn with a 50kw LogWin Windhager Biomass boiler. 
Their boiler burns the fallen wood - a natural bi-product of the coppicing technique – to provide hot water and heating via a district system.

Sustainable Alternative to Oil

Considering the rising cost of oil and the inconvenience of large deliveries, burning logs from their farm seemed a logical and sustainable solution to their heating requirement. In addition to their free fuel, the couple receive the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) offered by the Government which offers them a return of 8.6 p per KW/H for the heat they generate over the next 20 years.50kw LogWin Windhager Biomass boiler 
Two Accuwin 1,500 litre accumulators 
District heating pipe DUO Rauvitherm Insulated pipe
Burns wood grown on the farm

Sympathetic Installation

A disused barn was easily able to accommodate the 50 KW Boiler and two Accuwin 1,500 litre accumulators. With no disruption to the farm the installation was completed in 8 working days. Life`s Energy`s three directors, a surveyor, electrician and plumber were all very involved in every aspect of the design, installation and help with the RHI application.
Emma Padmore commented, “A log burning boiler is sympathetic to our lifestyle here on the farm. We also enjoy the extra income from the RHI payments which have more than covered the cost of our investment.”

COPPICE FACTS

The word 'coppice' is derived from the French 'couper' which means 'to cut'. Coppice trees and their produce are known as 'underwood'.

Coppicing is the process of cutting trees down, allowing the stumps to regenerate.  The remaining tree stump quickly produces many new shoots, rather than a single main stem. These shoots can then be harvested as needed as rods, poles or logs. Managing woodland in this way allows wood to be produced for a variety of uses, in an elegantly sustainable way.

Long rotations provide sizeable timber for building, shorter rotations allow smaller items such as pea & bean sticks; firewood; baskets; fencing; tool handles and brooms to be created.