We are now at the end of August of 2023 with winter in the distance, but unlike last winter, we hopefully wont be looking towards a global wide gas shortage due to the invasion of Ukraine by Putin of Russia.
Even so, given the recent news of a fall in the price of energy, with a CAP of around £2,000 (no more government suport, except those who need help) I can see the price of gas once again increasing by september and Europe begins to refill its gas storage, having lost its cheap gas supplies from Russia.
On top of this, we have had a big increase in food costs, not
helped by higher gas/oil fuel costs, all of which is affecting household
To those with a lot of value in their homes, even with the
expected increases in interest rates on Mortgages, this is the time to talk to
your bank or BS requesting a loan to be attached to your mortgage in order to invest in your own generation of electricity or solar thermal for hot water and heating suport.
Investing in Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Solar PVT Hybrids, and
a Heat Pump along with increased insulation is the only solution in reducing your own energy use, so in the future is affordable with some stability
I see no way back to the 2.8p a kWh for gas, those days are
long gone, and for those looking at electricity only use, your first option is Solar Thermal, followed by Solar PV, if you also invest in battery storage and run an EV. For commercial look to Solar PVT Hybrids and heat pumps as the way forward combined with one of my Thermal Stores MADE IN THE UK.
Below is what I wrote in october 2022, with no need to make any changes, except I have now completed 15 Thermal Store sales, some with heat pumps combined with solar thermal tube collectors, with immersion heater back up, off peak.
I can also say, the prices of my thermal stores have started to fall in price, with prices as I write today (end of may 2023) starting from £1,374.00 for a 250 litre model, same as in my loft. Plus delivery (UK only) and VAT at 20%
We are now in October 2022, with 12 Thermal Store sales completed, some with my Apricus heat pipe thermal collectors to reduce fossil fuel use and one with both solar PV and Solar Thermal with only 2 x 3kW immersion heaters as back up. This 400L vented thermal store will service the heating of 14 radiators and HW for 4 persons (mainly showers and kitchen.
Here are a few of the many pictures I have taken during the installation, with many more to follow. I completed the installation myself, even though I had not done any plumbing of this nature since 2009. It just shows, once you have gained such skills, it’s not easy to forget.
I will demonstrate a step by step guide on how to complete each part of the install, as was important to me to demonstrate how a open vented thermal store can be installed by a competent qualified plumber.
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