As well as all the small ways you can reduce your energy usage at home, such as having loft insulation installed. There are also many options for switching to renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and solar panels.
If you are passionate about the environment and want to reduce your energy usage, then you might be considering installing renewable energy sources in your home. But before you do, make sure to have a read of this – it will tell you everything that you need to know.
For our guide to getting to grips with renewable energy sources, have a read of this.
1. Why install renewable energy sources in your home?
Aside from reducing your carbon footprint, there are also many other benefits of having a renewable energy source installed.
The primary benefit being that, as long as your make enough energy of your own, you will no need to buy energy from an energy supplier. Meaning that you will save money and potentially even make some – any extra energy you make but don’t need, you can sell to the grid.
The other benefits include many things, such as reduced dependency on energy supplies, creating new jobs in the renewable energy industry.
2. Before you start: make your home as energy efficient as possible
To ensure that you get as much out of your renewable energy sources as possible, it is important to make your home as energy-efficient as possible. That way you won’t waste any of the energy you produce.
If you don’t already have double glazing installed, consider replacing your old windows. Look into getting your loft or basement insulated to help stop heat from escaping – some companies offer this for free. Reduce your electricity usage by turning off lights and appliances when not in use.
3. What are the options for your home?
Before choosing a type of renewable energy source to have installed in your home, do some research and work out the best option. For example, each type of renewable energy needs certain conditions to perform, so it is important to take these into account.
For solar power, it is important to consider which way your roof faces. If it doesn’t face the sun, then solar power may not be the best choice. For solar power, an air source heat pump or biomass, it is important to consider how much space you have available. For hydroelectricity, you need access to running water. So if there is no stream or river running past your home, then this is the wrong choice for you. And, for wind turbines you need at least an acre of land around your property and a good wind speed.
4. Consider the options carefully
Once you have an idea of the type of renewable energy source you location is suitable for, it is important to consider the other factors. For example, think about the cost of having your chosen renewable energy source installed. Ask yourself whether you can afford it.
It is also important to think about whether you have room for the system to be installed. As well as, how long it will take and whether the benefits outweigh the negatives.