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The Abode blog

  • £5,000 Green Homes Grant for heat pump installations – What you need to know

    By Abode on 24th August 2020
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    A new Green Homes Grant will give over 600,000 self-builders homeowners in England money to spend on energy-saving measures, including heat pumps.

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  • The real cost of poor hot water performance

    By Abode on 31st October 2019
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    An architect recently asked me to formally review a tender submission that included an air source heat pump. Both the architect and the homeowner wanted reassurance that the heat pump solution would meet their requirements.

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  • Didn’t you just want to be an architect?

    By Abode on 17th September 2019
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    The “best” long term energy strategy and renewable heating solution needs to be identified and agreed at the design stage, not just fitted to the building at 1st fix stage. Engaging us at the design stage means you can remove “heating designer” from the list of unpaid job roles. This will save your time and enable you to provide a better service to your clients. 

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  • How much does a heat pump cost?

    By Abode on 17th July 2019
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    Without being able to quantify your heat and hot water requirement how can you possibly get the best advice to decide on what you should do, and how can a supplier provide the best solution for your long term energy needs? To break this deadlock, a detailed heat loss calculation needs to be produced. Investing a small amount of time and money now, will…

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  • Let your solar PV system save money on your heating and hot water bills

    By Abode on 4th May 2019
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    80% of domestic energy requirements are for heat and hot water. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs explains why we invest so much money and emotion into our homes. Our desire to be warm and clean uses most of the energy we consume. This means that investing in the right ground or air source heat pump solution to reduce this energy demand is a great investment.

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