There are many different reasons why you should consider using renewable energy to power your home, and many different ways to generate it. Each home and homeowner is unique so careful consideration has to be given to make sure you choose the best method for you.
Reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy and thus reducing the production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, making use of secure and local resources and supporting jobs in renewable energy industries are all benefits of using renewable energy. However, it is often the financial argument that wins the day. By using renewable energy you can reduce your energy bills and in some cases even generate an income through the energy you sell back to the national grid through the government’s feed-in tariffs.
How would you like to utilise renewable energy? Would you like to use it to generate your own electricity or provide heat, or both? You need to look at what you’d like to achieve and your own situation. For example, is your house facing the right direction for solar panels? Do you get enough wind to drive a wind turbine? Do you have a small stream in your garden to generate hydro power?
Electricity can be generated from solar panels and wind turbines, as well as through hydro using streams or rivers. Micro-CHP generates heat and electricity simultaneously from the same energy source.
Heat can be generated using biomass, through wood-fuelled heating systems; air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. Solar water heating uses free heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water and thermal stores are designed to store excess heat generated. Thermal stores have been found to work particularly well with wood-fuelled biomass boilers, heat pumps, wind turbines and solar water heating systems.
Throughout this website we examine each method looking at the pros and cons, and offering a step by step guide to buying and installation to help you make the right decision for you and your home.