Green electricity is produced from natural and renewable energy sources that have a smaller impact on the environment than fossil fuels. unlike these fossil fuels, green energy sources won’t run out. Using renewable/green energy you can reduce the carbon dioxide that goes into the atmosphere because of the energy you use. This ultimately helps reduce climate change and our dependence on fossil fuels that are becoming increasingly expensive and hard to find.
Green living is becoming easier and easier with the renewable energy industry at an all-time high. New products are emerging all the time with the government supporting some of these developments. By turning our homes into renewable energy builds/homes we can decrease our own bills and carbon emissions by producing a significant part of the energy we need.
If you want the utmost green and energy efficient home the best solution is to build your home from the ground up. This allows you to blend in energy efficient measures from the very beginning. For example, you could include under-floor heating integrated with an air source heat pump in your design for your home. You could also ensure that the most effective insulation available is being used throughout the build as this is the most cost effective energy improvement around. This will all make a long-term difference to the efficiency of your home’s heating as If your home is not properly insulated heat energy is wasted and energy bills will be higher than they should be. It is a very a good idea to get a renewable energy professional on board to give advice and assess your plans before you begin making your home more effective.
If you would like to reduce the cost of hot water usage you should consider a solar hot water system. This is one of the cheapest renewable technologies around, costing anywhere from £3000-£5000 to instal. Households with this technology make modest carbon savings, saving around £60 a year compared to a typical gas boiler. Although the system can supply most of your hot water in the summer, It will provide much less during colder weather.
A solar PV system is a good choice for renewable electricity for your home. Solar Panel prices have dropped from their original sizable price making it a more affordable solution. The UK also has a Feed-in Tariff from the government, which enables you to get payments from your energy supplier if you generate your own energy. However, the scheme was closed on the 14th January 2016 with a new scheme opening on 8th February 2016, which will have different tariff rates and rules.
If you have land and money at your expense it may be a good idea to look into small-scale wind turbines. These additions can generate power day and night in the right location, unlike solar power. About 40 per cent of all wind energy in Europe blows over the UK, making it an ideal country for turbines. Although the cost of the system can vary from £3000-£30,000 depending on the size and mounting method. Building mounted turbines costs less than pole mounted ones. However, mounted turbines produce less electricity than pole mounted ones.