With the growing consciousness on the importance of conserving energy, people are increasingly looking for ways to improve their homes from an energy efficiency standpoint – This will help them cut down on their bills, and be better for the environment. One of the best ways to do this is by upgrading your home with renewable energy. While there are many different kinds of renewable energies, solar power is often regarded as the most effective and efficient form.
What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is energy that is created from natural resources which can be continually replenished. This includes solar, wind, geothermal and water power – all of which are non-polluting and environmentally friendly ways to generate energy. The major advantage of renewable energies over conventional forms such as fossil fuels like oil or gas is that they don’t cause pollution.
Fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when used for powering homes or generating electricity. In turn, this leads to harmful effects on the environment (such as air pollution) and human health (through the increase in cases of asthma). In conclusion, by replacing polluting sources with renewable ones, we can help reduce our carbon footprint – to ensure a healthier future for us all!
How can I better power my home with renewable energy?
Introducing solar panels
There are a few main reasons why upgrading to solar power is such a popular option for modern homeowners looking to improve their homes from an energy efficiency standpoint. The first is that it’s becoming increasingly affordable – especially due to advances in technology and reduction in costs associated with installing solar panels on your roof. In addition, once you have installed them, you can expect minimal ongoing maintenance requirements – which means that you can enjoy the benefits without having to incur further costs down the line. Finally, because solar power works using natural processes found within our solar system, it’s incredibly eco-friendly and has minimal if any negative side effects.
Solar panels use daylight hours to generate power, whether or not the sun is shining on that particular day. Although they do produce more energy on sunnier days, this electricity can be stored so you can help you use your home’s appliances after dark without relying solely upon light from the battery charger or solar panel array itself.
You can even sell any excess power that you don’t use back to the Government’s via their Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
Our report found that can help improve a home’s sustainability and reduce reliance on the grid. With battery storage, most homes were able to cut electricity bills by an average of £705 per year.
Solar heating systems are another fantastic way to make your home greener. These use sunlight to heat water in the same way that your panels do to make electric, which means you don’t have to rely on a boiler or other heating source. Some solar heating systems can even be used alongside a boiler during the winter months, and they work much more efficiently than radiators in rooms that get less sunlight.
Panels can be fitted to your roof, mounted on a free-standing frame or even hung from a wall. The panels absorb sunlight and convert it into heat, which is then transferred to the air or water in your home.
The size of the panels you install should be dependent on the size of your home – If you have a large home with a family living there, you will need more, larger panels.
The power generated throughout the day heats up water that is stored in a hot water cylinder – this requires approximately five metres of space where you will see sunlight for the majority of the day.
Air source heat pumps
Another option is air source heat pumps, which are installed outside of your home and generate energy by absorbing heat from the air. They are an excellent choice for homes in all climates, and it can even extract energy from air at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius!
If you have a large garden, installing ground source heat pumps is another option – these work by collecting warmth that is stored underground or even in water. They can also be used in combination with a solar thermal system, which uses the heat generated by sunlight to provide hot water for your home.
Considering this option is virtually in operation and can save you up to £1,330 per year compared to old electric storage heaters, or up to £1,410 per year compared to an old gas boiler3, we encourage anyone who is able to consider air source heat pumps for their home, especially in the UK, where UK Government is offering grants of £5,000 towards the upfront cost of having a heat pump installed.
Wind energy is another renewable energy source that can be used to power a home. Unlike solar, wind does not rely on the Sun’s rays and is more reliable than solar energy alone. Wind turbines can be placed either onshore or offshore and are becoming increasingly popular for homes looking to reduce their carbon footprint. One such example is the Floating Wind Farm being developed in Scotland, which aims to generate enough electricity to power 20,000 households by 20204.
Wind turbines are most commonly associated with large wind farms, but there are also many small turbines in use around the world. In fact, small turbines are becoming increasingly popular as a way to generate renewable energy at home.
Smaller turbines can be installed on the roof of a home or on a free-standing pole in the yard. These turbines can provide enough power for a small home, and they can be used in conjunction with other renewable energy sources like solar panels. In addition, many homeowners find that wind turbines are an attractive addition to their property. While they may not produce as much power as a large wind farm, small wind turbines can still make a big difference.
A biomass system is a way of generating energy by using organic matter as fuel. The most common type of biomass system is a wood-burning stove, but there are also biomass power plants that use agricultural waste or wood pellets as fuel. Biomass systems can be used to generate electricity or heat, and they are considered to be a renewable energy source because the organic matter used as fuel can be replenished.
Biomass systems are often used in rural areas where there is a plentiful supply of woody material, but they are becoming increasingly popular in urban areas as well. One advantage of biomass systems is that they can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Another advantage is that they can provide a local source of energy that is not subject to the fluctuations of the global fossil fuel market.
Biomass systems if your household has access to wood-burning stoves or furnaces. In addition, these systems produce minimal emissions and can help reduce a household’s carbon footprint.
Despite their advantages, there are some drawbacks to using small wind turbines and biomass systems in your home. For one thing, they typically require regular maintenance in order to keep running smoothly and efficiently. In addition, the upfront costs of purchasing and installing a wind turbine or biomass system may be prohibitively expensive for some homeowners, but it is estimated that a biomass system can save you up to £870 compared with an older electric heating unit in the long term.
Hydro electric system
Hydro electric systems use water to generate power, typically in the form of dams or a flow of water through turbines. These systems are usually built on the edges of rivers and have relatively low maintenance costs once they are installed. Unfortunately, hydro electric systems can cause environmental damage by changing river flows as well as interfering with natural habitats for wildlife.
Because water must flow downhill to generate power, all you need to install a system like this is a dam with a drop of at least 1 metre.
Renewable electricity supply
A renewable electricity supply is a great way to reduce your home’s environmental impact, while also saving you money on your energy bills. All of the above counts as a renewable electricity supply, aside from this, a renewable energy supply in total means ensuring that your supplier provides energy made of renewable sources such as wind, biomass and solar power. While most of these systems produce electricity, some also generate heat as well.
By approaching us about updating to a renewable energy supply, we will be able to find the best options based on your budget and energy need
Whether you are looking for a small scale installation or an entire home system, we can help find the right solution to meet your electricity needs while helping to protect our planet’s natural resources. Our experienced team will work with you one-on-one to determine the best options for your home and provide professional installation and maintenance services so that you can start using renewable energy right away. To learn more about how we can help improve your home with a renewable energy supply, contact us today!