• Renewables

    Photovoltaic panels generating electricity

    Photovoltaic panels
  • Renewables

    Wind power

    Wind turbines
  • Renewables

    Photovoltaic panels creating electricity

    Photovoltaic panels
  • Renewables

    Solar thermal (water)

    Solar thermal
  • Renewables

    Wind power

    Wind turbine
  • Renewables

    Heat pump

    Heat pump
  • Renewables

    Micro hydroelectricity

    Micro hydroelectricity
  • Renewables

    Photovoltaic panels generating electricity

    Photovoltaic panels
  • Renewables

    Wind power

    Wind turbines
  • Renewables

    Photovoltaic panels creating electricity

    Photovoltaic panels
  • Renewables

    Solar thermal (water)

    Solar thermal
  • Renewables

    Wind power

    Wind turbine
  • Renewables

    Heat pump

    Heat pump
  • Renewables

    Micro hydroelectricity

    Micro hydroelectricity

Renewables

Finding sustainable sources of energy have become a major focus in our lives. This subject is a major political topic and scientists are constantly reminding us of the seriousness of the situation facing our world.

Green energy has been an option with most of the energy suppliers for some years, however there is still far too much reliance on fossil fuels. So, moving to renewable energy sources (solar, wind, geothermal, air source and wave) is something both governments and individuals should be doing.

Very often the most advantageous installation is a combination of renewables. For example solar and battery for electricity coupled with a heat pump for hot water.

Off-grid living is growing in popularity. It will not suit everyone, but may be worth considering especially if building a new property.

Solar

Solar energy is becoming the most common source of energy for individual properties. There is the choice of solar thermal, which heats hot water; and photovoltaic (PV), which generates electricity.

Solar thermal is no longer as common as PV, but it can heat the domestic hot water and that can then be stored and used throughout the day.

Photovoltaic panels generate electricity which then has to pass through an inverter, so that it can be used within the property. However, without battery storage, it does limit the usefulness because the electricity is only generated when the sun is out. Coupled with battery storage if can significantly reduce the amount of electricity drawn from the national grid.

You can find local installers on the Renewable Energy Hub website, using the button below.

Photovoltaic panels

Wind

Individual dwellings can install wind turbines. However, the most common installations in the country are the large on shore and off shore turbines. There are various types of small turbines for domestic use. Depending on the location of the house, they can be useful in generating more electricity. A domestic wind turbine can benefit from the Feed in Tariff, provided the installer can provide a Microgeneration Certificate. A domestic turbine on its own will probably not supply all the electricity that you need and it will need maintenance. It is probably better considered alongside other green technologies, such as solar.

You can find local installers on the Renewable Energy Hub website, using the button below.

Wind power

Heat pumps

Geothermal energy can be harvested using ground source heat pumps. These can either be in the form of a vertical shaft or a network of pipes laid just below the ground. They heat water in a storage tank which can then heat the home. They work best with underfloor heating, but can be used with radiators. If underfloor heating is not possible, then it is likely that the existing radiators would need to be increased in size.

Air source heat pumps work in a similar way to ground source heat pumps. However, they take the heat out of the air rather than out of the ground. As with ground source, they work most effectively with underfloor heating.

For information and local suppliers of ground and air source heat pump options, check out the renewable energy hub.

You can find local installers on the Renewable Energy Hub website, using the button below.

Ground source heat pump

Hydroelectricity

Much of the electricity around the world is produced from the power of water. In some countries that is from wave power, in others it is from hydro schemes. Whilst these are not normally appropriate for an individual property, water is a valid renewable source. Although wave power has potential benefits it is not as widely used as it could be.

However there are micro-hydro turbines that are sometimes installed to serve just one property, or a group of properties. These are not common, but may be an option for some people. Ask with other forms of energy generation, the electricity generated can be sold to the National Grid.

You can find local installers on the Renewable Energy Hub website, using the button below.

Wave power

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