Go green with Mountain Lodge Alternatives
Forty percent of all the wind energy in Europe blows over the UK, so a typical system in an exposed site could easily generate more power than you use. A roof mounted 1kw microwind system usually costs around £2000 and a 2.5kw pole mounted system costs around £15000. Energy generated is eligible for the feed in tarriff scheme and could earn about £3200 a year.
Wood fuelled heating
Biomass systems burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. A wood fuelled boiler could save almost £600 a year on electric heating and is eligible for the renewable heat premium payment. An automatically fed pellet boiler for an average size log home costs around £15000
Ground-source heat pump
A ground source heat pump uses pipes buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. This can be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water. You will need some outside space suitable for digging a trench or bore hole. A system costs between £9000 and £17000.
Air source heat pump
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air which can be used for heating systems and hot water. You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted on a wall or on the ground, surrounded by plenty of space to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal. Installing a typical system costs between £6000 and £10000.