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Devon Renewable Heating Suppliers, Bramshaw heating and plumbing, give an overview on the benefits of having a biomass boiler, whcih provides renewable heating.

As the cost of heating with natural gas and fuel oils continues to rise and there is increased pressure to find an alternative energy solution to fossil fuels, businesses are being pushed towards the use of biomass fuels as a means of generating heat.

This means that we have to find a way of sourcing a large quantity of economic biomass fuel and also the required equipment to burn this fuel.


What is Biomass?
Biomass is the collective name for all non-fossil organic materials that have an intrinsic chemical energy content. Therefore this includes all land and water-based vegetation and trees, log wood or thinnings from forests, prunings from roadsides or parks, grasses and energy crops. In some countries residues from agriculture or food processing e.g. nutshells or olive pits, wood chips, recycled untreated wood or pelletising residues from wood processing. Also all waste biomass such as household rubbish, sewage, manure, forestry and agricultural residues, and certain types of industrial wastes.  Through using these resources certain problems with waste disposal could provide a high quality fuel at the same time improving local economic turnover, as local wood suppliers of wood fuel would have an increase in income.


Biomass can be not only be used on a domestic scale but on an industrial scale too. The biomass is dried and shredded and is fed into the boiler where the gas is collected to produce electricity and heat. In order to use biomass as a heating fuel in a home you can install either a boiler or alternatively by using a wood burning stove, which can also be an attractive feature in any home.  This boiler could potentially provide all of the water heating and central heating for a house. 

 

 

Wood pellet which is a carbon neutral fuel solution has become one of the most economic biomass fuels the world can provide. Unlike fossil fuels, biomass fuels are a managed renewable resource.

Biomass fuels are carbon neutral, and would help to counter act the impacts of climate change, as they don't add any carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This is becasuse the same amount of carbon dioxide is released during the burning process as is absorbed whilst growing, as long as plants continue to be replenished for biomass energy purposes. 

Wood pellet is formed from good quality wood waste, allowing more complete and effective utilisation of the worlds forestry resource. One load of wood pellet contains the same amount of energy as fifteen equivalent loads of ordinary wood waste.

The wood waste is dried and pressed together in a pellet mill. The temperature produced in this process causes woods natural polymer, Lignin, to be released from the wood which binds the pellet without the need for additional binding agents, which produces a biomass fuel that is consistent, homogenous, easy to transport, store, dose and extremely clean burning. There is very little ash produced when burning wood pellet but the ash that is produced can be used as fertiliser so there is no wastage.

This article is courtesy of Bramshaw heating and plumbing Devon, to find out more click on the company logo.

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Devon Domestic Fuel & Heating Oil Suppliers give an overview on how to cut your heating costs.

If you live in a region that is cold in the winter, heating costs take a big bite out of your monthly budget for 25 - 50% of the year. Due to the rapidly escalating costs of home heating oil, you may be paying twice as much to heat your house as you did just a few years ago.


You can save a chunk of change by following these money-saving tips related to heating your home.

Do an energy audit of your house, identifying areas where heated air is leaking out. Check around doors, windows, fireplaces, and other areas that may feel drafty.

Use caulk, weather stripping, door sweeps, plastic, and other appropriate means to close off these leaks. If your house is poorly insulated, adding additional insulation will pay for itself.

Minimize your use of ventilation fans such as bathroom fans and kitchen hood fans in winter. A bathroom fan can suck all the heated air out of the average house in little more than an hour.

Don't heat areas of your house you don't use regularly, such as guest rooms. Close heating vents or turn back thermostats in those areas and close the doors.

Keep your furnace, heat pump, or other heating equipment in top operating condition. Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of your furnace.

Poorly tuned furnaces are inefficient and use more fuel. An annual maintenance agreement is well worth the money to ensure that your equipment is properly maintained and will last as long as possible.

Don't turn your thermostat up above the desired temperature. It won't heat any more quickly and will make your furnace work harder.

Also, while it makes sense to turn the heat back when you're sleeping or not at home, turning it down too low can actually cost you more because the contents of the house have to be re-heated in addition to the air. 68 to 70 degrees while you're home and awake, and 60 to 65% while you're asleep or not at home are reasonable temperatures.

Consider a programmable thermostat to raise and lower the temperature at pre-set times.

Check the temperature setting on your hot water heater. If you have a dishwasher, your water should be heated to 120%. Otherwise, it can be somewhat lower.

If your water heater is in an unheated space like an unfinished basement, wrap it in an insulation blanket available at hardware stores to prevent heat loss.
Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible.

It's tempting to stand under a hot shower on a cold morning for as long as possible, but cutting your shower time in half can save up to 33% on your hot water heating costs.

 

Open the blinds and curtains on the sunny side of the house (the south-facing side) when the sun is shining and close them as soon as the sun goes down to retain the solar heat. Close curtains on the shady side of the house (north-facing side). If you don't have curtains, consider installing some. Curtains made from heavy fabric with lots of folds (fullness) can prevent cold air from seeping in and warm air from seeping out.

Boiler Maintenance

When was the last time you changed or cleaned your furnace filter? Failing to replace or clean the filter regularly can be costly!

Dust and dirt can work their way into the blower and coil assemblies, reducing the furnace's operating efficiency and eventually causing damage to the motor.

Heating professionals say simple dust and dirt are the cause of almost half of their service calls; most manufacturers recommend changing or cleaning filters at least every other month (once a month is best).

Devon Annual Boiler Check Up

Get an Annual Service Checkup

An annual service checkup by a heating professional is usually a good idea. The technician will check the flues and temperature settings, examine the heat exchanger for cracks, and check the safety mechanisms on natural gas units.

A £30-80 annual tune-up can reduce your heating unit's operating cost by three to four percent. Keep in mind, that just like your car, your heating system needs regular care and maintenance. And just like having a good mechanic for your car, you should have a good technician for your heating system.

What to check for and expect from your annual boiler service.

Just like your car, your heating system needs regular care and maintenance.

•Look at the burner and pilot assembles
•Check the heat exchanger for cracks
•Look at the pilot thermocouple
•Examine the filter Check vent piping
•Test gas piping for leaks
•Test the electronic ignition
•Test the fan
•Adjust the burner for efficiency
•Test the limit switch
•Measure the manifold gas pressure
•Measure the temperature rise
•Check for carbon monoxide
•Set the heat anticipator
•Check belt/tension
•Examine the draft diverter and lubricate the fan motor

 
 
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