Five star holiday cottage reaps rewards of the renewable heat incentive

SunGift Energy has just completed a remarkable biomass installation for the owner of a luxury holiday cottage near Illfracombe – which has drastically reduced his heating bills while generating him a significant amount of additional income.

Simon Brookes, who rents out his five-star High View Farmhouse, had been spending £12,000 a year on fuel for his oil boiler, so when he discovered that a woodchip boiler could reduce his bills by half and provide him with government payments of more than £10,000 per year he was delighted.

We recently completed the installation of the 80 kW HDG Compact woodchip boiler, and it immediately proved to be an exceptional investment.

Boost for holiday home’s green credentials

“Fuel for my oil boiler had been costing me up to £1,000 per month,” added Simon.  “This was a huge running cost for my business – so switching to biomass has made an enormous difference to my finances. The woodchip costs half the amount of oil and on top of that I’m receiving almost £900 per month from the government’s renewable heat incentive.  Using renewable energy is also a tremendous boost to our green credentials.”

After carrying out majority of the holiday cottage’s renovations himself and thoroughly insulating it Simon discovered that the house still required a huge amount of heating.  After contacting us we sent out an expert surveyor who carried out a detailed survey and suggested the 80 kW HDG woodchip boiler.

Raising the ‘year round’ temperature of 14 degrees

“I was proud of the modernisation I’ve carried out, but our location means that the temperature remained at 13-14 degrees all year round.  However, since my biomass boiler has been installed, the rooms no longer get cold.”

The attractive Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments mean that Simon’s boiler will provide an excellent return on his investment, which makes it an excellent solution for any business that has a high heat demand or that is looking to upgrade its boiler.

“Often trades people don’t live up to expectations, but SunGift’s specialists did an exceptional job,” added Simon.  “They carried out a smooth installation, tied up all the loose ends, and have been ultra-responsive to any requests that I’ve sent their way”

Mike Castle, SunGift’s head biomass engineer, who has more than 20 years’ experience and 150 biomass installations under his belt, said: “The commercial renewable heat incentive is an excellent way for any business, particularly holiday cottages, to secure their energy future, lower their fuel bills and have an additional revenue stream.  They all give high returns on investment as the boilers are paid off in just a few years and the RHI payments continue for 20 years.”

Anyone interested in making the most of the potential for wood fuel should contact a SunGift expert on 01392 213912 or email us at