Renewable Technology

Renewable Technology Energy – Glastonbury and Somerset


At James Wilkins Plumbing and Heating Ltd, we provide a range of renewable energy and heating solutions in Glastonbury and the whole of Somerset.

These include Air, Ground and Water Source Heat Pumps, Mechnical Ventilation with Heat Recovery, Solar Thermal Installations, and Underfloor Heating. You can find more details on all of these renewal heating technologies below.

What are the Advantages of Heat Pumps

Low Running Costs

Heat pumps run on electricity. Running costs are comparable with natural gas fired systems, and lower than oil, LPG or existing all electric systems. If you have a solar PV system, then free self-generated power can contribute to the running of the heat pump, further reducing running costs.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Heat pumps are a green technology. Heat pumps do have an impact on the environment as they need electricity to run. However, they are very efficient and the electricity grid is getting greener, relying less on fossil fuels. The heat extracted from the ground or water source is constantly being renewed naturally.

This means your heating will have less of an impact on the environment.

No Fuel Deliveries Required

No LPG or oil deliveries required, and no connection to the gas grid needed either. Heat pumps run on electricity and most homes are already connected to the electricity grid. For this reason heat pumps are often ideal for properties in rural or more isolated locations.

Low Maintenance Costs

Heat pumps are very reliable. We recommend annual servicing to ensure your heat pump runs efficiently for many years.

Get Paid for Choosing Renewable Technology

The vast majority of systems we install qualify for RHI payments. The Renewable Heat Incentive is a generous government scheme which is designed to encourage home owners and businesses to move away from their reliance on fossil fuels, and reduce their carbon footprint.
There is a Domestic RHI Scheme.
And a Non-Domestic RHI Scheme.

We provide the following Renewable Technology Energy Solutions:

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP)

Air Source Heat Pumps extract heat from the air around us, if installed correctly they can heat our homes when the outside temperature is as low as -15C. Working like a fridge, but in reverse, they do require some electric to produce heat, but for every unit of electric they use, they can produce up to 4.35 units of heat – so that’s up to 3.35 units of free heat for your home.

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP)

Ground source heat pumps utilise sealed pipes which are placed horizontally or vertically in the ground. A glycol solution is pumped through the pipes, absorbing heat as it moves. This heat is then extracted by the pump, heated even more through compression, and then delivered to your property providing all the heating output and hot water required.

Water Source Heat Pumps (WSHPs)

Water source heat pumps work by extracting heat from a body of water and converting it into useful energy to heat your home. They use a series of submerged pipes containing a working fluid to absorb the heat from a river, lake, large pond or borehole. This is then turned into useful heat for space heating and hot water, through compressing the working fluid so it can give the heat off at a higher temperature.

Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR)

Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery is a continuous source of ventilation that extracts stale, moisture-laden air from a building and resupplies fresh, filtered air back in, resulting in a comfortable and condensation free environment all year round. MVHR meets Building Regulations for new properties under System Four of Building Regulations Part F.

Solar Thermal installations

Solar Thermal is a clean and highly efficient means of using renewable energy from the sun to provide hot water that can be used in the home. In fact, a typical solar thermal system generates up to 70% of your annual hot water requirements. We at James Wilkins Plumbing Ltd and Heating source and install Solar Thermal throughout Somerset.

Underfloor Heating

If you’re considering underfloor heating as part of an upcoming home renovation project, we understand you may have questions and concerns about whether this is the right heating solution for you. With our extensive knowledge and experience within this field we’ll review the pros and cons of an underfloor heating installation within your property. Some of the key benefits of underfloor heating include:
  • The increased energy-efficiency of UFH
  • The low maintenance heating systems
  • The freedom of design and adaptability of floor heaters
  • The safety and ease of installation
  • Use of renewable technology
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