12 Sep 2012 04:09:24
Easdale Island residents hope for annual wood pellet day
Easdale Island, a Scottish Island that lies 500 metres off the mainland, took part in the British Gas Green Streets programme that enabled it to receive funding for the installation of Windhager’s FireWIN pellet boiler system.
The newly renovated 200-year-old stone cottage on Easdale Island has sourced economical and controllable heating and hot water through Windhager UK, one of the leaders in biomass heating.
The property previously used a multi-fuel stove principally fuelled by coal. Not only did this require daily lighting and cleaning, but it was a difficult appliance to control.
Voirrey Quillin, the new owner of the Windhager system, requested the FireWIN to be installed in the sitting room, adjacent to the kitchen. She commented, “We are delighted with our new heating system. We look forward to more energy efficient appliances making an appearance on the island and hopefully we will eventually have an annual wood pellet day instead of coal!”
British Gas invested £2million as part of the Green Streets Programme to support innovative community energy projects in Britain. Over the course of the programme, British Gas funded microgeneration and energy efficiency measures that helped 14 communities around Britain to save and generate energy. The groups were selected from almost 100 applicants who took part and came up with their own innovative energy projects. As well as Easdale Island, Green Streets also helped inner city communities in London and Birmingham and all around the country.
The classy FireWIN system has an appealing design that harmonises with most interiors, FireWIN sits elegantly in any living space to provide central heating and hot water for the entire house. The FireWIN has a modulating output range of 3.8kW to 12kW. MCS approved, the boiler can qualify for various grants available throughout the UK and using a carbon neutral fuel allows installations to meet Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes as well as being certified for financial support through the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Jack Welch, the British Gas sustainability project manager commented, “We recommended the Windhager FireWIN to provide economical and controllable heating and hot water from wood pellets. We have been very impressed by the quality of the product and the support from the manufacturer. The householder has commented on the improved comfort, convenience and lower running costs of the FireWIN compared to the previous appliance.”
The FireWIN uses innovative cleaning mechanisms to ensure extra-long intervals between maintenance of several months at a time. It also features an automated pellet supply so the necessary pellets are transported from the storage area into the reserve supply container fully automatically and cleanly.
Further information is available on FireWIN from Windhager UK.