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Realising the power of renewables

In recent years, energy efficiency has become a key focus for the industry and consumers alike. And with key legislation dates nearing, renewable technologies are fast gaining popularity. Indeed, with its carbon as well as cost-saving credentials, it is easy to see why.

While zero-carbon legislation may soon see a new generation of energy-savvy homeowners emerge, for those who have yet to step into the world of renewables navigating their way through the wide range of technologies available and choosing the right one can be somewhat daunting.

The role of the installer is vital in this situation, and by equipping themselves with the right product knowledge installers can go a long way toward helping their customers realise the full potential of renewables while providing a boost to their own business in return.

From air- and water-source heat pumps to solar thermal systems, renewable technology is evolving all the time.

It is important for installers to work closely with suppliers to stay abreast of the solutions available, so that when it comes to specification they’re adopting the very best package for their customers. For example, while renewable technologies are versatile enough to deliver cost- and energy-efficient heating for most properties, occasionally a single technology is not enough to deliver the high level of efficiency expected from a renewable source, particularly in older or poorly insulated builds.

On the other hand, there are homeowners who simply want to maximise energy efficiency in their property while maintaining the level of reliability offered through their current system.

In both cases, hybrid installations can be specified to provide optimum efficiency and customer reassurance. While the vision of having multiple technologies pumping energy into the house may be off-putting for some, homeowners can rest assured that today’s hybrid installations are as simple as they are effective.

By equipping themselves with a good knowledge of the different packages available and their benefits, installers can really set their offering apart from the rest.

In order to achieve this, it’s important for heating engineers to work closely with suppliers so that together we can deliver the very best service and products, enabling homeowners to realise the full potential of renewable technology and, in turn, ensuring the installer offering is energised and fit for a zero-carbon future.

John Bailey is commercial and renewables systems director at Vaillant

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