Chris Bartle, Olympic horse riding coach to the German team, needed a new heating solution at his riding centre in North Yorkshire. A mix of residential properties, offices, and accommodation to let, the answer looked to be a small district heating scheme. ‘We needed to replace our old oil-fired boilers and Bio-Nordics solution of two biomass boilers working together, future proofed our heating system while also making long-term financial sense.’ said Chris.
The installation went on-line in December.
‘It is wonderful to return to a warm and inviting room, after a day's riding.’ Chris added, ‘I would recommend other riding centres look into biomass heating.’
Eleanor and Glyn bought The Barn in 2009. They wanted to develop a highly efficient, environmentally friendly home and started by adding solar panels and a solar thermal store.
Seeking to reduce their bills still further they then added an Ariterm Biomatic wood pellet boiler.
It was important to them that the boiler, flue and MAFA pellet store should be blended to match the house. So the boiler was put into a small outbuilding with the pellet store to its rear, encased in a wooden surround.
The flue was then brick in to match the existing chimney of the house.
“We were very pleased with the final installation and of course the savings and RHI means we will have recouped the cost of installation within five years.”
Hollie and family bought their Georgian property in Yorkshire as a renovation project in 2011.
Advised by Native Architects, York, they decided to install an Ariterm Biomatic biomass boiler.
“We saw the oil prices go up and a choice that would make us independent from this would make us feel less vulnerable” said Hollie.
The house has over 400 square meters of space and when the calculations for heating the house, which has no mains gas, were made, biomass pellet offered over £8000 of savings over oil and lpg.
“It means we can have the heating on whenever we want, which is great when you have a young family”
Holliess' boiler and pellet store were put into an outbuilding at the rear of their house.The pellet is lorry delivered and blown into the pellet store which lies next to the boiler in an outbuilding.
The system cost just over £20,000, but with the saving in fuel costs plus the RHI, Hollie can expect a payback within four years.
Trevor and his wife moved into a cottage adjacent to his sons house in Yorkshire over 5 years ago. The two properties were large and they soon found themselves to be freezing cold, with not enough hot water. The heating bills were prohibitively expensive, so much so that they had to seal off part of the house.
“Keeping warm was a major problem …we were spending so much on heating” About £4,500 per annum.
Locally made pellet store integrated into their outbuildings.Trevor found Bio-Nordic through another biomass scheme Bio-Nordic had installed nearby.
James Haigh, of Bio-Nordic, came to their property and completed an energy survey. His architectural and engineering experience reassured them that biomass could be the solution.
This resulted in them installing an Ariterm Biocomp+60 wood pellet boiler. This was coupled to their own design of pellet store, cleverly concealed in a brick built outbuilding.
“I was reassured by the fact the boilers are Scandinavian made with over 40 years' experience in biomass energy.”.
The wood pellets are delivered just twice a year. They come in bulk, wind blown from the tanker to the store, cleanly and efficiently, by the fuel provider. The fuel costs have been cut by over 60%!
The £21,000 investment will be paid back within five years.
Trevor said, “It’s the best things we have ever done. We can now afford to open up the whole house.”