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Alpha helps increase efficiency on retrofit housing project

18 Aug 11 Delivering a saving of 1.38 tonnes of CO2 a year, Alpha’s SolarSmart system has been installed on Larkfleet Homes’ recent bungalow retrofit project where energy efficiency and CO2 reduction were top of the specification agenda.

Installed to not only reduce CO2 emissions, Alpha’s SolarSmart is also helping the residents of the property in Bourne save money on their energy bills. Replacing an old boiler (pre 1998) which was working at just 65% efficiency, the new system is working far more efficiently adding to the reduction in energy costs.

Ian Greenfield from Larkfleet Homes said: “Due to the nature of this project, where energy saving was top of the agenda, it was important for us to integrate an efficient boiler system that would help to reduce emissions and help save the homeowner money. Alpha’s SolarSmart system achieves this perfectly and is proven to significantly minimise emission levels due to the unique way in which it works - offering a CO2 saving of 1.38 tonnes a year.”

He continued: “With around 26 million homes in the UK that cumulatively produce around 41.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year, it is important to act now to help reduce unnecessary emission levels and will also go some way towards achieving the 2050 target of a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions throughout the country.”

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SolarSmart, which is designed to make domestic solar powered water heating easier and more cost effective, is available with a 90 litre or 150 litre cylinder. Unlike traditional solar thermal systems that use a standard boiler, SolarSmart works with a combination boiler to deliver a back-up heat supply should it be required. The stored volume of hot water is heated only by the collected solar energy from the panels, so no gas is used in maintaining the cylinder temperature.

Providing a hot water system that uses less paid for energy than others, SolarSmart is ideal for use on domestic installations where energy and financial costs can be greatly reduced. Comprising just a few components and offering an unobtrusive means by which such technology can be integrated, SolarSmart has been designed specifically with the homeowner in mind to deliver a means by which energy efficient technology can be easily incorporated.

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