Not only can renewable energy have a positive effect on the environment, it can also help cut down on your energy bills. Despite more countries around the world starting to realise the importance of reducing carbon emissions, for many people it’s a brand new concept and it can be difficult to know where to start. If you want to find out more about the many benefits it can provide, here’s how to use renewable energy in your home.
Solar panels are probably the easiest place to start as they are a method many people are already aware of. In most cases, they are installed on top of the roof of a property, although if you have the space they can also be positioned in the garden. The amount of energy they can produce will depend on the orientation of the panels and your latitude (distance from the sun).
Raising the cash
If you want to become greener you may need to find an extra source of income to pay for the conversion. One route worth investigating is to take out a quick loan that can provide the cash you need to use renewable energy in your home. You won’t be required to pay it all back in one lump sum, so you can stagger the payments, making it much easier to manage. Before agreeing to any loan, ensure the lender is FCA registered and that you can afford the repayments without defaulting.
Solar water heating
One of the reasons why solar power is so popular is due to its versatility. For example, as well as generating electricity it can also be used to heat your home. A reserve of water is warmed by the solar heaters before being pumped into your heating system to warm the water and heat up the radiators. Not only is it easier to install than solar panels, but it also ensures you cut down on electricity and gas bills in the process.
You may already be aware that large wind turbines are commonly used in windfarms, along the coastline and positioned offshore. However, homeowners can also install smaller versions on their property to be used as a long-term source of energy. While they aren’t as subtle as solar panels and require more space, it offers more stability and may be able to take care of all – or most – of your electricity requirements.
If going fully renewable seems like too big of a task, then you can start much smaller. Solar ovens rely on heat from the sun to heat your food, while cutting back on the large amounts of electricity conventional ovens use. While it may not be a year-round option for those in the UK due to the unpredictable weather, even buying or building one of your own for use during the summer will have a positive effect on the environment.
This is a relatively new way to produce eco-friendly fuel for the home. It is derived from organic waste such as manure, agricultural waste, scrap lumber and similar items. In most cases, much of this kind of waste usually ends up in landfills or burnt on open fires, but instead it can be put to good use to lower heating costs while also producing far less emissions in comparison to fossil fuel.