One of the best ways to cut costs on your energy bills is by investing in renewable energy technologies. Using renewable energy to power your home can reduce your utility bills substantially, and the tax incentives for installing them can make it even more cost effective. In recent years, new avenues have opened to allow for more accessible, affordable and exciting ways to power your home.
Here are the different types of renewable technologies you can install in your home, and the benefits of them:
When considering powering your home with renewable energy, solar panels is considered as one of the most common and logical routes to take. They are typically installed on the roof of your home, however they can be installed on your yard instead if you wish.
Solar panels use sunlight to generate electricity, so having one of them installed on your roof can be highly beneficial, especially during summer months.
Most commonly, you will see wind turbines in wind farms or offshore, but it also known for homeowners to have them installed, on a smaller scale. Wind turbines harness the energy in wind to create electricity. There are two options for wind turbines at your home - roof mounted or freestanding.
According to a survey carried out by the Energy Saving Trust, households with a wind turbine installed can save around 4.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.
This option of renewable energy generating will only work if you have some flow of water at your property. Small or micro hydroelectricity systems, can produce enough electricity for lighting and electrical appliances in an average home.
The amount of electricity the system actually generates will depend on how efficiently it converts the power of the moving water into electrical power.
Solar Water Heating
Solar power energy can also be used to heat your home. With the help of the suns energy, solar water heaters are able heat water in your reservoir.
Solar water heating works by suing heat from the sun to warm your water. The system will work all year round but during colder months, you may need to top up the heat with your boiler.
Solar Air Conditioning
Solar power for air conditioning refers to using the suns power or energy to cool your home. Using this method of renewable technology, can help to reduce your electricity bill whilst also cooling your home.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) use pipes that are buried in the garden to extract heat from the ground. Th heat pumps circulate a mixture of water and antifreeze around a group loop, which is buried in your garden - the length of the loop will depend on the size of your home and the amount of heat that you need.
The heat that is generated can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in your home.
The majority of UK homes are heated using fossil fuels like oil and gas, but there is now a rapid rise in the interest of renewable technology for your home.
Making the switch to renewable energy solutions can offer many benefits to UK homeowners, including; lower energy bills, reduced carbon emissions, potentially generate income and increase your property value.