Eco Friendly
Ptarmigan Homes have a market leading reputation for building energy efficient homes of sustainable construction and all of our homes are now built using locally sourced sustainable materials wherever possible. However, we have now taken our campaign for energy efficiency and climate change to another level and developed a range of heating, insulation and micro renewable energy sources to further enhance your new home.



Underfloor Heating
The majority of our underfloor heating systems are warm water systems, which integrate high tech plastic pipe just below the floor. Water at a temperature of around 37°C is circulated through the pipes and this warms the floor to a surface temperature of 25-28°C, about the same temperature as the palm of your hand.

This is what makes underfloor heating so naturally comfortable.

Heat generated by radiators is transferred from a surface area far hotter than the space it's heating.

By comparison, wet underfloor heating transfers heat from a very large surface area, which is only slightly warmer than the room. Our underfloor heating systems are economical to run, virtually maintenance free and utilise effective controls. They provide the most comfortable all round warmth of any heating system.
Wood Burning Stove

Heat and hot water from wood fuelled stoves and boilers. Wood fuelled heating systems generally burn wood pellets, chips or logs to power central heating and hot water boilers or to provide warmth in a single room.

How do wood fuelled heating systems work?

There are two main ways of using wood to heat your home:

Standalone stove burning logs or pellets to heat a single room.
Some can also be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well.
A boiler burning pellets, logs or chips connected to a central heating and hot water system.

The benefits of wood burning stoves

A low carbon option: the carbon dioxide emitted when wood fuel is burned is the same amount that was absorbed over the previous months and years as the plant was growing. As long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel, the process is sustainable. There are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, but as long as the fuel is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels.
A good use for waste wood: burning wood can be a convenient means of disposing of waste that might otherwise be sent to a landfill site.

Micro-renewable technologies include wind, solar thermal, photovoltaic, heat pumps and biomass technologies. These various micro-renewable technologies can be used individually or in combination to provide renewable energy in all seasons. As a result of advances in technology, and as economies of scale evolve, micro-renewables are becoming an increasingly practical way of generating electricity and heat for our customers.

Solar Electricity
Generate cheap, green electricity from sunlight. Solar electricity systems capture the sun's energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells. The cells convert the sunlight into electricity, which can be used to run household appliances and lighting. PV cells don't need direct sunlight to work - you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.

The benefits of solar electricity

Cut your carbon footprint: solar electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. A typical home PV system could save around 1tonne of CO2 per year - that's around 25 tonnes over its lifetime.
Cut your electricity bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be greatly reduced. A typical home PV system can produce around 40% of the electricity a household uses in a year.
Sell electricity back to the Grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, someone else can use it - and you could make a bit of money.
Solar Water Heating
Solar water heating systems use free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water. A conventional boiler or immersion heater is then used to make the water hotter, or to provide hot water when solar energy is unavailable.

The benefits of solar water heating

Hot water throughout the year: the system works all year round, though you'll need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.
Cut your bills: sunlight is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your hot water costs will be reduced.
Cut your carbon footprint: solar hot water is a green, renewable heating system and can reduce your carbon dioxide emissions

Ground Source Heat Pump
Heat your home with energy absorbed from the ground. Ground source heat pumps use pipes buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. This is usually used to heat radiators or underfloor heating systems and hot water. Beneath the surface, the ground stays at a fairly constant temperature, so a ground source heat pump can be used throughout the year - even in the middle of winter.

The benefits of ground source heat pumps

Can reduce your carbon footprint
Heat pumps can lower your home’s carbon emissions when comparing to traditional sources of heating
No fuel deliveries required
Can provide space heating and hot water
Often classed as a ‘fit and forget’ technology because it needs little maintenance.
   

Air Source Heat Pump
Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you. Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This is usually used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.

The benefits of air source heat pumps

Lower fuel bills compared to traditional methods of heating
Can reduce your carbon footprint
Heat pumps can lower your home’s carbon emissions when comparing to traditional sources of heating
No fuel deliveries required
Can provide space heating and hot water
It’s often classed as a ‘fit and forget’ technology because it needs little maintenance
Can be easier to install than a ground source heat pump, but efficiencies can be lower
   

Wind Turbines

Generate electricity at home with small-scale wind turbines. Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Small systems known as "microwind" or "small-wind" turbines can produce electricity to help power the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home. 40% of all the wind energy in Europe blows over the UK, making it an ideal country for small domestic turbines.

The benefits of wind electricity

Cut your carbon footprint: wind electricity is green, renewable energy and doesn't release any harmful carbon dioxide or other pollutants
Cut your electricity bills: wind is free, so once you've paid for the initial installation your electricity costs will be reduced.
Store electricity for a calm day: if your home isn't connected to the National Grid you can store excess electricity in batteries and use it when there is no wind.
Sell electricity back to the grid: if your system is producing more electricity than you need, or when you can't use it, someone else can use it - and you could make a bit of money
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