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The “Don’ts” of Using A Heat Pump

Heat pump installation has become quite popular both in homes and commercial buildings as they are much more efficient than traditional heating systems. An average heat pump lasts for up to 15 years and if you look after its maintenance and servicing, you can add more to its life expectancy. This means steering clear of the ‘don’ts of using a heat pump’ to reduce your energy consumption and to maximise…

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Here’s How to Manually Defrost Your Heat Pump

During long spells of freezing temperature, it’s absolutely normal for light frost to settle on your heat pump. However, if your renewable heating system is completely encased in ice or doesn’t automatically defrost after 3 to 4 hours, it’s likely that something’s wrong with its defrost function. This could be very bad for your pump especially if it includes low refrigerant levels, issues with the thermostat, or faulty sensors. Additionally,…

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Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Invest in a Heat Pump

As we become increasingly aware of our carbon footprint and its drastic effects on the planet, we are turning to green alternatives to heat our homes. The government is doing its bit to encourage people to switch to renewable heating solutions like heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar panels.  The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme and the upcoming Green Home Grant Scheme are some initiatives that are being used to…

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How to Maintain the Efficiency of Your Air Source Heat Pump During Cold Weather

An air source heat pump (ASHP) is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat your property all year round! However, with the weather starting to get colder, there are some things that you need to consider to maintain the efficiency of your air source heat pump. That said, our experts, at JL Philips, have put together a handy guide to help you make sure your renewable heating system is…

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Busting Biomass Boiler Myths – How Are They Eco-Friendly

If you are considering installing a renewable heating solution, you’d probably wonder how are biomass boilers eco-friendly? As leading professionals in the renewable heating industry, we can tell you that a biomass boiler should not be overlooked. Thanks to its sustainability and efficiency, it’s a top contender that’s right up there with air and ground source heat pumps.  With an extensive range of models available, biomass boilers more than meet…

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Heat Pumps vs Biomass Boilers – What Should I Install

With awareness regarding climate change impossible to escape, people are now more concerned than ever about their energy consumption and how they can reduce their carbon footprint. That said, when it comes to reducing your impact on the environment, a great starting point would be changing the way you heat your home. Heat pumps have been widely recommended as one of the most eco-friendly renewable technologies, but biomass boilers are…

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How To Improve Your Green Energy Credentials As a Business

Businesses all across the country are placing additional emphasis on being eco-friendly in their approach and for good reason. Every major company is striving to improve its green energy credentials as a part of becoming more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.  The question is as a business, are you doing enough to be more clean and green in your approach? Can you introduce more changes in your commercial building and business operations…

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The A-Z of Biomass Boiler Maintenance

With biomass boiler installation, you can not only produce clean and green energy but also save hundreds or even thousands of pounds on your energy bills. In order to make sure your boiler performs efficiently, it’s vital to install it correctly and invest in regular maintenance checks. Routine biomass boiler maintenance can help you reap a higher ROI under the government’s domestic RHI scheme for homeowners. Simply put, the initial…

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Key Questions You Should Ask Your Biomass Boiler Installer

With an increase in the popularity of renewable heating systems, more and more people have started shifting to biomass boilers. What’s more, the availability of the government-approved RHI Scheme has increased the number of installations. However, before you go ahead with your biomass boiler installation, there are certain questions you need to ask your installer. To make things easier for you, at JL Phillips, we have compiled a list of…

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3 Long Term Green Measures Your Business Can Benefit From

In recent years, adopting long term green measures have become the talk of the town, for both businesses and homeowners. Given the drastic effects of climate change, it has now become more important than ever to reduce our impact on the environment, improve energy efficiency and take a stand for being eco-friendly.  Going green is now much more than just a buzzword as an increasing number of people are realising…

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Ground Source Heat Pumps – Vertical vs Horizontal Collector Pipes

With ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) proving to be one of the most cost-effective sustainable heating and cooling systems, they are an incredibly popular renewable technology for consumers and property developers. Due to technological advancements, these systems have made heating and cooling your house much easier and more cost-effective. What’s more, the installation of this renewable heating system is a foolproof way to take advantage of ground source heat pump…

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How Underfloor Heating Works With Heat Pumps

Due to growing demand in the sustainable energy market, over the past decade, the number of heat pump installations in the UK has significantly increased. Domestic heat pump installation companies like JL Phillips ensure that we correctly right-size your heating system and design a heat emitter (underfloor heating or a radiator) that suits your individual requirements. This is done mainly to deliver savings in two essential areas which isn’t possible…

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Ground Source Heat Pumps – 5 Myths Debunked

Air and ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) have been around for quite some time now. However, even though GSHPs are an efficient form of electric heating, many homeowners are hesitant to install them in their homes thanks to the misconceptions revolving around this renewable heating technology. At JL Philips, we have dispelled some of these myths to help you make a well-informed decision around whether it’s the right heating option…

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Thermostats for Heat Pumps – Things You Need To Consider

Heat pumps have garnered a lot of attention over the years thanks to the duality of their core functions. In winter, heat pumps work like a heater and look after your heating and hot water requirements whereas, in summer, they can transform into an air-conditioning unit. This two-in-one heating and cooling function is not common in traditional boilers and heating systems, which makes air and ground source heat pumps stand…

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Air Source Heat Pumps – 5 Myths Debunked

Despite air source heat pump technology having been around for a while, many people are still sceptical about its installation in their homes. This is largely because of the misconceptions revolving around these heating systems. The experts at JL Philips are here to dispel some of the common myths about heat pumps so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a system. Let’s dive in! Myth #1 –…

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The A-Z of Heat Pump Maintenance

With heat pump installation, you receive optimal heating and cooling that is not only energy-efficient but also cost-effective. In order to ensure that your heat pumps continue to perform efficiently, it’s important to invest in regular maintenance checks. Routine heat pump maintenance will protect your renewable installation from wear and tear while ensuring that it operates at peak efficiency. This is extremely important as heat pumps produce clean energy which…

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5 Quick Fixes To Transform Your Business Into An Eco-Friendly Hub

Over the past couple of months, we’ve all been asked to stay indoors which has allowed nature to heal. The positive effects of this have further brought the importance of climate change to the fore. Now, with some of the restrictions being lifted, it’s time for us to come up with innovative ways to curb the spread of the virus. Moreover, we need to focus on how we become more…

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4 Home Improvement Projects To Keep You Busy While In Lockdown

If you plan to put your home on the market in the future, now is the best time to get around to those home improvement projects that you have been putting off for so long. It goes without saying that the value of your home increases even with the smallest improvements you make. Plus, as soon as things go back to normal, you are more likely to get a good…

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Tips To Save Energy At Home During The COVID 19 Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, an increasing number of people are staying home for extended periods of time. This has led many homeowners to see a steady rise in their monthly energy consumption. Your energy bills are likely to increase which means now is the perfect time to make some changes.  If you have experienced a surge in your monthly utility bills, your home can definitely do with some modifications…

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The Key Benefits of Conducting a Commercial Energy Audit In Your Building

For most businesses, energy consumption accounts for a substantial part of the operational costs. On average, around ⅓ of the operating budget is spent on paying off utility bills. Luckily, there’s scope for you to save more money by making a few green choices. As business owners, you can add to your revenue while adding to the value of your commercial property by being more energy-efficient. For this, conducting an…

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7 Benefits of Conducting A Home Energy Audit

Typically, a home energy audit is performed to achieve energy efficiency and save a significant amount on utility bills. While these are the primary reasons for you to consider an energy audit, there’s more to it than just this. A home energy audit allows you to understand your home better and make smarter energy decisions that will benefit both you and the environment in the long run. If you’re still…

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4 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From Renewable Technology

These days businesses are looking for new ways to be more efficient and eco-friendly not only to improve their bottom line but also to attract prospects. However, you might be unsure about going green, especially when it concerns renewable installation. If you are wondering how you can benefit from renewable technology and whether it’s worth it, you’ve come to the right place.  We have put together a list that will…

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Ground Source Heat Pumps Vs. Geothermal Energy – The Major Differences

A lot of confusion exists between ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) and geothermal energy thanks to their similar-sounding terminologies. What’s more, these two terms are used interchangeably which further adds to the confusion. Both GSHP and geothermal energy are renewable heating solutions that harness heat from the ground, which is why most of us tend to mix them up.  All things considered, geothermal energy and ground source heat pump are…

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Will All New Builds Have Renewable Heating In the Future?

With increasing technological advancements, renewable heating has gained more prominence. We saw how wind and solar energy could be harnessed for energy generation which means we could reduce our carbon footprint considerably. When we think about the future and the way we will consume energy, it is easy to say that in the next decade or two, newly built homes will be furnished with renewable heating technologies as standard.  Considering…

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How To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

When it comes to being environmentally friendly, the entire world has to come together to be more responsible and green in their efforts. It is only then that we will be able to reverse the negative effects on the planet and help nature heal itself. While this might sound daunting, you can still contribute in some manner to make a difference. This means start being eco-friendly and green at home.…

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10 Simple Ways To Save Money And Energy In Your Home

A study conducted by Npower revealed that around ⅓ of the nation’s bill payers push aside money-saving advice and make no attempts to reduce their bills. The interesting part though is that all of us would love to pay less. So what’s the reason behind this lag? Turns out, there are several misconceptions revolving around energy savings. This includes the fact that ⅕ people believe that appliances on standby mode…

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Here’s How Energy Generation Is Changing For The Better

The constant evolution of technology is changing our lives for the better. This is especially true when we consider the way we consume energy. The ways we generate our power have come a long way and is constantly evolving keeping sustainability at the forefront.  Inefficient and large power stations will take a backseat and pave way for local brands and small scale plants with consumers at the core of it…

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5 Ways To Save Money By Making Your Business Green

As a business, you might think that it’s a bit expensive to be more environmentally-friendly, right? This is not necessarily true because being green is a sound investment decision. Think about it. Issues related to the environment are going to change the face of the business world in the near future and it will do you well to prepare beforehand. Companies that are energy conscious will be in a better…

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A Comprehensive Guide On The Types of Insulation For Your Home

Applying sufficient layers of insulation can save you a considerable amount of money not to mention it is environmentally-friendly as well. Simply insulating the external walls of your home is not enough. Different parts of your home will require different types of insulation and frankly, this can be a bit daunting especially when you don’t know where to begin.  To truly make the most of home insulation, you need to…

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What Is Energy Efficiency And How Can You Make The Most Of It

These days, the term ‘energy efficiency’ is used quite a bit. Right from energy companies to home and kitchen appliance stores, it seems like everyone is getting on the energy-efficiency bandwagon. Even the government is using this phrase to promote the Renewable Heat Incentive program.  So, what’s all the fuss about? Simply put, energy efficiency is all about making the most of the available and naturally-occurring energy resources. It’s all…

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How Self Builders Can Create An Effective Green Strategy

If you have decided to renovate your existing home or build a new one with the goal of being more clean and green, you need to have a proper plan in place. In order to be highly efficient as a self-builder, you need to know which renewable technologies to install in your new build. For this, you need to have an approximate budget in mind to make the most of…

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4 Renewable Technologies Perfect For Your Home And The Environment

If as a homeowner you are considering installing renewable technologies with low carbon emissions for your property, then it is quite likely that you are overwhelmed with all options available in the market. Since installing a brand new heating system doesn’t fit the ‘one size fits all’ analogy, having a clear understanding of your requirements along with the benefits of installing such a system is essential.  Here, the various features of…

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7 Steps To Get Rid Of The Major Energy Inefficiencies in Your Home

If you wish to eliminate all the major energy inefficiencies in your existing home and transform it into a space that’s both efficient and cost-effective, you don’t necessarily have to make huge changes. You have to understand that you cannot go from being inefficient to being an eco-friendly green home in the blink of an eye. You will have to take some steps that will help you be clean, green…

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Benefits of Installing Biomass Boilers In Homes And Businesses

A form of renewable energy, biomass can greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Biomass uses organic materials to generate energy instead of burning fossil fuels that are non-renewable. The organic materials used by biomass boilers can be obtained from a number of sources. Wood from trees is the most common source but not the only one. Alternatively, we can also use energy crops, industrial waste and food waste for…

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5 Benefits of Ground Source Heat Pump Installation

With ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) available for installation in both commercial and residential properties, heating and cooling has never been easier. As a renewable heating system, ground source heat pump installation has experienced exponential growth worldwide, adding to the overall efficiency in properties of all shapes and sizes. Its natural and highly efficient nature has made it a rather strong competitor in the alternative heating technology business.  In this…

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External Wall Insulation And Why You Should Install It

Lately, home insulation has gained prominence owing to a multitude of reasons. One of the primary reasons for external wall insulation in homes is to prevent the loss of heat. If the walls of your homes are not insulated, you could be losing as much as 35% extra heat loss. Additionally, air leakage is another consequence of uninsulated external walls where almost 25% of heat loss occurs. Insulating your home…

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7 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Air Source Heat Pump Installation

There are plenty of changes that you can make in your home to be a green citizen and to help produce more clean energy. One brilliant alternative is to have an air source heat pump installation installed and reap the benefits of the renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme Here’s a list of our top tips to ensure that your air source heat pump installation goes down smoothly.  1. Turn the…

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Heat Your Homes With These Different Types Of Biomass Fuels

With the global movement of being more green, the installation of renewable heating systems is on the rise. This has given biomass installation a boost which in turn has bought different types of biomass fuels to our attention. You now have the option to choose the type of biomass fuel you wish to use in your boiler. Of course, various factors will come into play before you make your decision. …

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Types of Biomass Boilers That’ll Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

If you’re looking for ways to be more green, then the boiler in your home is definitely something you need to look at. But here, we are specifically talking about biomass boilers and not traditional ones that consume oil and gas.  There are several types of biomass boilers available in the market today. You can choose the model that best suits your requirements. These varying types of biomass boilers are…

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Why Installing A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) Is Perfect For Your Commercial Property

As a general rule of thumb, businesses always look for ways to be more cost-effective while trying to adopt sustainable green practices. What if we told you that both these objectives can be achieved with just one solution? Not only will you reduce your operating costs but also be committed to environmentally-friendly practices in the long run.  The answer… ground source heat pump or GSHP installation! Installing GSHP in your…

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5 Things To Consider Before You Install A Biomass Boiler

Considering how the price of fuel keeps getting higher each day, installing biomass boilers is becoming a go-to green and cost-effective solution. What’s more, you can take advantage of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme where you’ll be paid to install a clean heating solution in your property.  However, there are a number of things that you need to consider before you invest in a biomass boiler. We’ve listed 5…

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How To Save And Earn With Biomass Boilers

We’re used to installing gas boilers in our homes as these are the more traditional option. But given the emphasis on being green, biomass boilers outweigh traditional ones by a long shot. When you take a close look at it, you’ll see that there’s potential to make substantial savings while simultaneously creating a source of income.  For a more sustainable and energy-efficient future, renewable energy products can be regarded as…

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Profile of Jason Phillips, JL Phillips Founder

Jason Phillips started JL Phillips in 2009 as a way of bringing renewable energy heating to homes and businesses across the UK. Offering air and ground source heat pumps to thousands of customers across the country, we explore what makes Jason tick and where he plans to take JL Phillips in the future. 1) In your own words, what was your mission when you started JL Phillips?  To establish and…

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5 Things To Consider Before You Install An Air Source Heat Pump

Given the impact we have had on climate change, it’s crucial to be environmentally conscious today. Keeping that in mind, the government has launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) program to encourage the UK to produce more clean and green energy. So if you’re thinking about installing an air source heat pump (ASHP) on your premises, you’re already aware of the financial incentives involved, not to mention the cost-saving that’s…

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5 Things To Consider Before You Install A Ground Source Heat Pump

Now that winter is pretty much here, all of the UK will soon be covered in waves of ice and snow. And while the cold spell is bearing down upon us, we might not even consider the ground as a source that emits heat but, you’re in for a surprise. The surface beneath the ground is a source of natural recurring heat which can be used to fire up your…

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How Does RHI Eligibility Work For Biomass Boilers?

In order to encourage more people to invest in renewable heating systems, the government introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme. Once approved under the RHI programme, you can receive financial incentives from the government over a period of seven years as a reward for producing clean energy. For you to be eligible to claim RHI, you have to make sure that you have a heating system that is approved under…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Commercial RHI

If you have any non-domestic renewable heating installations, you can apply under the Commercial RHI scheme as you’d be producing renewable heat. However, before you can be accepted, you have to ensure that all your heating systems are metered. The financial incentive for eligible technologies that you’ll receive from the government will be paid over a period of two decades. You can apply for technologies installed after 15 July 2009.…

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How Can I Get My Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) For RHI Approval?

Under the Domestic RHI scheme, you’re liable to receive subsidies from the government for using renewable heating solutions. The RHI scheme was launched in 2014 and since then it has successfully gained momentum. The ulterior motive of the RHI scheme is to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint, meet renewables targets and save money on energy and fuel bills. The subsidies are aimed to offset the costs of installation of renewable…

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What Should I Install? – Air Source Vs. Ground Source Heat Pumps

For all intents and purposes, the functionality of both air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps is basically the same. Heat pumps are able to transfer heat from natural renewable sources like air, ground and water to a residential or a commercial building. This absorbed heat is then used to heat water and rooms within your building. But the question is, which of these is the better option…

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Can Air Source Heat Pumps Work With Radiators?

To simply answer the question, YES! Air source heat pumps work well with radiators but before we go ahead, let’s take a look at how these heat pumps work. Air Source Heat Pumps – How They Work Air source heat pumps are a kind of central heating pump used in homes. Their function resembles the workings of a fridge or air-conditioners, but in reverse – they convert cold air into…

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Domestic Heat Pumps – How Efficient Are They?

Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient and this is perhaps one of the major benefits of installing them. The energy efficiency of air and ground source heat pumps can be greater than 300% because they transfer heat instead of producing it. Although, the bigger challenge here is to maintain the level of efficiency for heat pumps to be a fruitful investment. The efficiency of domestic heat pumps is based on…

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What is the RHI And What Do I Need To Apply?

Renewable Heat Incentive or RHI is a scheme designed by the UK government to give financial incentives to individuals who make use of renewable energy sources to heat their homes. Put simply, you get paid to produce green energy. The first non-domestic RHI program was established in 2012. After that the government decided to launch the domestic RHI that focused mainly on homeowners, private and social landlords and self-builders.  As…

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How Much Could I Earn by Joining the RHI?

If you install or have already installed a renewable heating technology that’s eligible under the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, you could receive quarterly payments over a period of seven years from the UK government. While this requires investing in heating systems, in the long run, the payouts might just be worth your while. Switching from fossil-fueled heating to renewable heating will not only bring you monetary rewards but also…

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