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07th March 2016
Cumbrian Firm Launches British Gas Partnership........Read More

Cumbrian Firm Launches British Gas Partnership

Ecologicliving, a Carlisle based renewable energy solutions company, will be launching their new partnership with British Gas at Rickerby Show, on the 2nd and 3rd March. The partnership, one of only 2 in the county, means that Ecologicliving can now offer unique biomass and combined heat and power (CHP) products and services in the local area.

The company signed the deal earlier this month and are using Rickerby Show to talk to potential customers about the benefits of the partnership. Islam Pearson, managing director, comments:

"This new distributor partnership with British Gas, who supply the Froling Brand, is part of a wider policy to develop strategic partnerships that will benefit our customers. British Gas have a huge network of resource, experience and expertise that we can draw on, in addition to an excellent product range. The company went through a stringent selection process and the fact that we have been successful is clear indication of the quality of our business practices.

I believe that part of our success is that we have not been afraid to innovate and diversify. As part of this partnership, we are excited to bring new products to the area. The ink is not yet dry on our agreement with British Gas and we already have a local business interested in signing up, which is testament to the obvious benefits of renewable energy for businesses and the support of a major national brand."

06th March 2016
Regional Award Hope for Ecologicliving........Read More

Regional Award Hope for Ecologicliving

Carlisle based renewable energy solutions company, Ecologicliving, has been shortlisted for a regional award for Innovation. Now in their 7th year, the Red Ribbon Awards are national awards and have been created specifically for family run businesses and attracts hundreds of nominations from around the country. This award nomination is particularly special for Ecologicliving, as the nomination has been submitted by an anonymous supporter and is a welcome surprise.

Ecologicliving was set up in 2008 by husband and wife team, Islam and Judy Pearson, working out of their home. In the past 8 years the company has grown year on year, and currently employs a team of 31, in a base Carlisle. The company installs a variety of energy solutions commercial market, including large scale installations like the Sands Centre and the Civic Hall in Carlisle.

A spokesperson at Family Business Place who are the company behind Red Ribbon Awards confirmed that the Innovation Award covers a broad remit. A spokesperson from Red Ribbon Awards comments,

'The passion behind this company is clear in everything that they do, since they were founded in 2008 they have grown into one of the leading names in the renewable energy market. Their innovative nature has kept them always expanding whilst trying to keep companies thinking about their environmental impact. As a family-run business they really care about the work they are doing and are therefore having an impact in their community and sector.'

Managing director, Islam Pearson, comments:

"We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award, even better that it was someone outside of the company who nominated us. I think it’s testament to our outlook here at Ecologicliving. The energy market is constantly evolving as technology changes and I think that staying on top of that is key to our business being so successful. Even better that it is an award show to celebrate family businesses. It seems a lifetime ago that myself and Judy set up out of our and we are proud that it has grown up from such humble beginnings to be one of the most successful renewable energy solutions businesses in the region."

07th March 2016
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06th May 2015
Open day at Rickerby's HQ - 19th May 2015..........Read More

We are having an Open Day at our Rickerby's HQ on the 19th May at 1pm, see woodchip and log boilers in action, and discuss the potential returns from a renewable energy installation

16th March 2015
A very successful Dairy Expo 2015..........Read More

Check out our photos of our visit to the Dairy Expo 2015

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22nd December 2014
Return on investment from Solar PV at a record high..........Read More

Return on investment from Solar PV at a record high!! There has never been a better time to install an array. Please give us a call for an illustration of what you could earn 01228 513969.

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22nd November 2014
New Office's following phenomenal growth..........Read More

Cumbrian renewables specialists EcoLogicLiving have marked another year of phenomenal growth, investment and recruitment by moving to new headquarters.

The new premises, at Rickerby’s on Currock Road, Carlisle, will provide base of operations for more than 30 sales, admin and engineering staff and enable the award-winning company to further expand its reach across the north of England and south-west Scotland.

Founded in 2008 by Islam and Judy Pearson, and previously based at Harraby Green Business Park, EcoLogicLiving specialises in renewable energy; heat and power-generation technologies.

The move to larger premises coincides with an 60 per cent increase in turnover in the last 12 months, well exceeding its ambitious £4.5m target, with much of that growth coming from sales of biomass boilers to the rural community. EcoLogicLiving have won several rounds of investment from 350IP who manage the ‘North West Fund’ on behalf of the Carbon trust, and credit their rapid growth to the hard work and dedication of all their team.

Earlier this year they recruited John Pattinson as their new finance director and have expanded their sales and delivery teams.

Judy Pearson says: "When we started we only had three engineers, but the business has expanded over the last six years to the extent that we’ve outgrown our offices twice now The new premises will provide a much-needed new base for the company as we seek to move to the next level."

In 2012 EcoLogicLiving won ‘Business of the Year’ in at the prestigious CN Business Awards.

Since 2013 the company have seen particular interest in the installation of the E-Classic outdoor log boiler, which allows farmers to capitalise on the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive.

The boiler can provide heat and hot water for farm houses and outbuildings and offers up to 52% return on investment. ‘We sourced this product specifically with the needs of Northern farmers in mind, and are the exclusive distributor in this region’.

"Our strength has always been the diversity of our products and our ability to adapt to the requirements of the market," says Mrs Pearson.

"A great deal of our business comes from the commercial sector, and we have installed for some very large projects, but Cumbria is a rural county and in recent months we have received a lot of interest from farmers looking for ways not only to heat their properties but make a tangible return on their investment, and secure their farm income for the next 20 years."

21st November 2014
Massive savings on grain drying..........Read More

These articles which featured in this week’s Farmers Weekly, illustrating just how goods a biomass boiler is for grain drying. Contact us for details of the biomass boilers we do, and to arrange a no obligation site visit for your grain drying application.

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20th November 2014
EcoLogicLiving sponsor South West Scotland Dairy Show........Read More

EcoLogicLiving recently sponsored the South West Scotland Dairy Show,check out our photos of the event below,
or take a look their Facebook page.

28th October 2014
EcoLogicLiving moves to Rickerby’s Carlisle..........Read More

We are excited to announce that we have now completed our move to Rickerby’s in Carlisle. Our whole operation has moved to the newly refurbished building adjoining the Rickerby’s showroom. As well as increased office space, in line with our expanded operation, this gives our customers more opportunity to pop in and see us as well as view any boilers, woodchip and woodpellet stores we have in stock, as well as the cutting edge woodchip system we have just installed, which is now heating the whole Rickerby’s site, in action.

Please do call in anytime, or give us a call to arrange an appointment if you would like to view any equipment or local installs.

10th July 2014
Carlisle United Golf Day on Friday 11th July..........Read More

EcoLogicLiving proud to be associated with Carlisle United for their Golf Day on Friday 11th July.

Book now to ensure your place, for details go to the Carlisle United website.

07th July 2014
EcoLogicLiving are moving premises..........Read More

We are excited to announce that from 1st August 2014 EcoLogicLiving will have a new home.
Our new address will be;

EcoLogicLiving Ltd
Rickerby Buildings
Currock Road
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA2 4AU

Our telephone number will remain the same at 01228 513969

25st May 2014
EcoLogicLiving launch new website..........Read More

The eagerly anticipated new website was launched EcoLogicLiving

6th August 2013
EcoLogicLiving team gain Total Warrior status..........Read More

Our team of 12 daring warriors successfully completed the 10k Total Warrior challenge at the weekend.

Accepting the challenge in a bid to raise money for charity, Renewable World, which provides aid to people living in poverty all over the world, all members of the team managed to cross the finish line, but not without blood, sweat and tears!

We will keep you posted on how much we managed to raise - thank you to everyone who sponsored us and well done team!!

1st August 2013
EcoLogicLiving wish Matthew the best of luck with Mongolia Rally!..........Read More

Matthew left Cumbria for Mongolia on Saturday 13th July. He will be taking part in a rally in order to raise money for various charities.

We would like to wish Matthew the very best of luck he embarks upon his journey!

5th May 2013
The Domestic RHI: An Overview..........Read More

The DECC have now launched the eagerly anticipated details of the domestic RHI. Here we have provided you with an overview of what this means, including the tariffs and payments that are expected to be made according to the new scheme. Please note that this information is subject to State Aid and Parliamentary approval.

 

Why has the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) been introduced?

Almost all of the heat we use for heating our homes and hot water today comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Only a very small proportion of households use renewable heating. This means that domestic heating accounts for around 28% of UK energy demand.

By 2050, emissions from heating in homes will need to reduce to almost zero to meet our goal or reducing emissions across the economy by 80%. To achieve this we need to prepare now for mass rollout of low-carbon heating in the 2020s. In the shorter terms, domestic heating also needs to make a contribution towards to UK’s 2020 target of 15% of energy coming from renewable sources.

With this in mind, the Government has set up the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a financial incentive scheme to encourage uptake of renewable heating among householders, communities and businesses. In 2011, the non-domestic RHI opened for applications; the domestic RHI is set to be launched in Spring 2014.

 

What are the domestic RHI tariffs and payments going to be?

The following are the planned domestic RHI tariffs for the various different renewable energy technologies which will qualify for the scheme:

 

 

ASHP

Biomass

GSHP

Solar Thermal

Tariff (p/kWh renewable heat)

7.3

12.2

18.8

19.2

 

Tariffs are paid over 7 years on the basis of 20 years of heat produced. As with the non-domestic RHI, the tariffs are index-linked.

Payments are capped at the level of the estimated renewable heat usage from the ‘deeming calculation’. Where the installation is metered, any usage above the estimated figure will not be paid.

 

What is the ‘deeming calculation’?

The deeming calculation for biomass and heat pumps will be the estimated heat use (in kW) of a property after the installation of the required energy efficiency measures. Where an application already has these installed, the figure will be taken from the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) done as part of the Green Deal Assessment. Where the Assessment identifies that the measures still need to be put in place, the figure will be taken from the updated EPC completed after their installation.

Annual budgets are not flexible and degression will be in place for new applicants as the per non-domestic RHI.

If the applicant has previously received public funding for the heating system, such as the Renewable Heat Premium Payment, this must be declared as part of the application process. This will then be deducted from RHI payments under the scheme. Initially, a deduction equal to one twenty-eighth of the value of the prior public funding received will be made from each quarterly payment. However, where tariffs are altered in line with the RPI, the quarterly deduction will also change by the same proportion, so that the overall value of the deduction remains constant.

The RHI support will be paid on each kWh of renewable heat the installation generates, for 7 years. To work out how much heat is generated, a ‘deeming’ calculation will be used which estimates the expected annual heat usage of the property. Multiplying the deemed figure by the technology’s tariff rate will determine the annual payments Below is an example of how this will work:

Example of payment calculation (for illustrative purposes only, not intended to be representative)

 

Estimated heat use

15,000kWh

Chosen technology

Biomass

Tariff

12.2p/kWh

Total annual RHI entitlement = tariff x kWh renewable heat

£1830

 

 

Eligibility

The domestic RHI will be open to single domestic properties, on or off the gas grid for systems commissioned after 15 July 2009.

The scheme will not be open to new builds, other than self builders who have built or commissioned a home for their own use, either by building the home on their own or working with builders.

Second homes will be eligible.

All applicants will need to have a Green Deal assessment and will need to have a minimum of 250mm loft insulation and cavity wall insulation (where recommended by the GDA).

 

Heat Meters

As with the Renewable Heat Payment Premium (RHPP), certain installations will have metering equipment fitted. The DECC is working with MCS to make it a requirement that all new systems will be ‘meter-ready’. This will not apply to legacy installations.

Meters will be required for space heating systems that have a back-up heating system and in second homes.

 

Technology Specific Information

Heat pumps

DECC will offer householders installing heat pumps an optional additional payment of £230 per year for purchasing  a Metering and Monitoring Service Package from their installer that meets their requirements. These packages are similar to a service contract. An installer will fit an advanced set of meters to the new heating system so that the householders and installer will be able to view measured data from their system online.

Biomass-only

The DECC will offer householders installing biomass-only boiler (but not pellet stoves with back boilers) an optional additional payments of £200 per year for purchasing a Metering and Monitoring Service Package from their installer that meets their requirements. These packages are similar to a service contract. The installer will fit an advanced set of meters to the new heating system so that the householder and installer will be able to view measured data from their system over the internet (for example, efficiency in the case of biomass).

 

Fuel Sustainability

To be eligible for and continue to receive RHI support for a biomass system, fuel needs to be sourced from a supplier registered on an approved supplier list. Such a list will be set up ahead of the launch of the scheme and will be the same one that is being established for the non-domestic RHI scheme.

Work is ongoing to develop an approved supplier list and it is expected that this will be in place before the launch of the domestic RHI scheme. Further details will be published closer to the launch of the scheme. With a view to minimising administrative burdens, we intend that woody biomass foodstocks (which includes perennial energy crops as well as wood) grown on the same estate as an eligible biomass system will be automatically treated as meeting the sustainability criteria provided they do not also supply to other biomass heat installations. It is hoped that people in this situation will register their details as a self-supplier and provide accompanying evidence. The DECC  will also look at introducing a proportionate approach for suppliers who only supply to their local area.

 

Implementation of the scheme

Legacy applications – due to the expected high volume of applications, it is anticipated that applications will be phased and those that have not received the RHPP will be able to apply first, although these could also be phased.

 

Ongoing requirements

·         An annual declaration will need to be signed

·         Any changes to the system will need to be advised to Ofgem

·         Ofgem will carry out spot checks

1st April 2013
DECC annouce eagerly anticipated domestic RHI tariff levels for renewable technologies..........Read More

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

The tariff levels have been set at 7.3p/kWh for air source heat pumps; 12.2p/kWh for biomass boilers; 18.8p/kWh for ground source heat pumps and at least 19.2 p/kWh for solar thermal.

The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for householders is designed to drive forward uptake of renewable heat technologies in homes across Great Britain to cut carbon, help meet renewables targets and save money on bills. The scheme is a world first, and has been up and running for the non - domestic sector since November 2011.

Today’s announcement follows extensive consultation on how a financial incentive would work best for householders and takes into account lessons learned from the Renewable Heat Premium Payment grant scheme (RHPP) and the RHI non domestic scheme.

Greg Barker said:

"The Coalition is committed to helping hardworking families with the cost of living.

"Investing for the long term in new renewable heat technologies will mean cleaner energy and cheaper bills. So this package of measures is a big step forward in our drive to get innovative renewable heating kit in our homes.

"Householders can now invest in a range of exciting heating technologies knowing how much the tariff will be for different renewable heat technologies and benefit from the clean green heat produced. We are also sending a clear signal to industry that the Coalition is 110 percent committed to boosting and sustaining growth in this sector."

Eligible applicants

The scheme will be made available to homeowners, private and social landlords, third party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes. Anyone who has installed a renewable heat technology since 15 July 2009 and meets the scheme eligibility criteria will be able to join the scheme.

Eligible technologies

RHI domestic will support air to water heat pumps; biomass only boilers and biomass pellet stoves with back boilers; ground and water source heat pumps; flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal panels.

Tariff payments

Payments will be made on a quarterly basis for seven years. The tariffs have been set at a level that reflects the expected cost of renewable heat generation over 20 years. In most cases, payments will be made based on estimated heat demand of the property. DECC will offer an extra set payment of £230 per year where consumers take out metering and monitoring support packages for heat pumps and £200 for biomass boilers.

Scheme requirements

Applicants will need to complete a Green Deal Assessment before submitting their application and must ensure they have met minimum loft (250mm) and cavity wall insulation requirements, where appropriate. All installations and installers must be MCS certified (or certified by an equivalent scheme). MCS certified installers are currently required to be members of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code, which is backed by the Trading Standards Institute.

Covering the upfront costs of renewable heating kit

Householders may be able to get help with the upfront costs of the renewable heating kit under the Government’s Green Deal. The Green Deal lets people pay for energy efficiency improvements including renewable heating systems through savings on their energy bills and householders are able to take up Green Deal finance and claim the RHI payments. Money off vouchers are also available under the RHPP scheme. Householders who receive money under RHPP will have this amount deducted from any future RHI payments to avoid a double subsidy.

The RHI for householders will be administered by Ofgem and more details on how to apply will be published in due course. Pre-application enquiries should be directed to the Energy Saving Advice Service on 0300 123 1234.

DECC is currently finalising the details of the expansion of the non-domestic RHI scheme and will confirm the way forward in the autumn alongside the outcome of the tariff review. DECC’s aim to introduce these changes from Spring 2014 remains unchanged.

Government has also published the response to the consultation on revisions to the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Quality Assurance programme which determines eligibility of this technology for support under the Renewables Obligation. The changes will apply to new CHP plants and will come into effect on 1 January 2014.

Organisation: Department of Energy & Climate Change

Published: 12 July 2013

Policies: Helping households to cut their energy bills+ 1 other and Increasing the use of low-carbon technologies

Minister: The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP

Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-heat-is-on-for-householders

 

24nd March 2013
EcoLogicLiving hit the road to attend some of the most renowned shows around..........Read More

We've been super busy over the latest few weeks attending various shows around the country. At the start of the month we attended CountryFest in Milnthorpe, before heading down to the North Sheep Show at Harrogate. In the same week we were at the Cumberland Show and we have only just got back from the Royal Highland Show up in Edinburgh. Thank you to those of you who came to see us for a drink (or two) in our brand new gazebo! Here's a sneaky peek at the remaining shows we will be attending over the summer - if you're around please do pop by and see us - if not for a free pencil and goodies!

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07th July 2014
Upcoming shows to come and meet us

Border Union Show - 25/07/2014
Penrith Show - 26/07/2014
North Lonsdale Show - 30/07/2014
Dumfries Show - 01/08/2014
Cockermouth Show - 02/08/2014
Stewartry Agri Show - 07/08/2014
Dalston Show - 09/08/2014
Lowther Show - 09/08/2014
Galloway Country Fair - 16/08/2014
Wolsingham Show - 06/09/2014
Westmorland County Show - 11/09/2014
Hodder Valley - 13/09/2014

Stafford Show, July 1st..........Read More

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Tatton Park, June 5th..........Read More

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Lancashire Show, August 1st..........Read More

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