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Biomass boiler for David’s Fife home

Three pairs of rubber (a.k.a wellington) boots arranged in size order in a garden setting. The boots are sized and styled for a male, female and child. The rubber boots are grubby and dirty, having been recently worn.

David recalls that he first became interested in renewables through his work: “In my job, I visit Sweden a lot and I noticed how they’re very energy efficient. I wanted to move away from oil.” He made the decision to install a biomass system because the oil-burning heating system that was already in the house was extremely inefficient.

He initially considered wind turbines as well as a ground source heat pump but seeing a pellet-burning boiler first-hand convinced him that this was the right technology for his home. It’s a decision he does not regret: “It’s more than adequate in terms of heating our home. The technology is really good and the system works by itself, regulating the temperature in the house. It alerts the boiler when the temperature drops and evens it out. It’s also cleaner and better from a cosmetic point of view.”

Having already recommended installing biomass to others, David has some advice for those considering it: “It’s not a decision you can take on a whim. It’s important to look at the bigger picture and be aware of the initial investment. But there will be more financial benefits in the long run.” The MacGregors are hoping to get solar photovoltaic (Solar PV) panels and solar water heating (SWH) installed in the future.

“The technology is really good and the system works by itself, regulating the temperature in the house. It alerts the boiler when the temperature drops and evens it out. It is also cleaner and better from a cosmetic point of view.”

Read the full story on the Green Homes Network here.

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