The Best Renewable Energy Sources for your Home

Alternative energy that’s derived from renewable sources like water, wind and the sun is becoming far more popular in the UK, particularly within domestic settings.

More and more homeowners are finding ways to create their own energy, reduce their carbon footprint and even make money, so if you’d like to do your bit for the environment and avoid using the major energy companies then take a look at these top tips.

1. Reducing your Carbon Footrpint

Before you consider incorporating some renewable energy sources into your home there are lots of other things you can do to increase its efficiency and reduce the amount of CO2 that heating your home produces.

You can add extra insulation in loft spaces or inside cavity walls, replace old windows with double or triple glazing and ensure that all your doors and entrances are well sealed. It may sound like a small thing, but homes can lose up to 60% of their heat through badly insulated roofs and 40% of their heat through poor quality windows, so making small changes like these really can amount to a big difference.

2. Solar Panels

Solar panels are perhaps the most popular way to utilise renewable energy in the UK. Solar panels are usually fitted to the exterior of a home on the roof or walls and work by storing the sun’s energy and converting it into electricity.

Fitting solar panels does require an initial expense but some councils offer grants for homeowners to help them and once your solar panels have been up and running for a while you will make back the initial cost of instillation in the money you save on energy bills.

You can even make money from the energy you generate when you sign up for the government’s Feed In Tariff Scheme (FITS). Currently, homeowners who create their own power are paid 41.3p for each kilowatt generated and a further 3p expert tariff, which over the course of a year can add up to a serious amount of money.

3. Wind Turbines

Did you know that 40% of all Europe’s wind energy blows over the UK, making it the perfect place to set up a small scale domestic wind turbine. In most cases domestic wind turbines won’t produce sufficient power for your whole home, but they can comfortably generate enough power to easily run your lights and electrical appliances.

As with solar panels, incorporating a wind turbine can help save you money on energy bills and if possible you can also sell back to the grid if you have a wind turbine.

4. Hydro Electricity

Hydro power generation is becoming a major industry within the UK with new power stations being constructed on the English and Scottish coast, but until recently it was difficult for the average home to incorporate hydro power.

However, small scale systems have now been developed that are ideal for use in domestic settings. You can install a micro power plant in your back garden that uses the kinetic energy of moving water to power a turbine and create energy.

As with all forms of renewable energy there is a significant installation cost but when you consider that within a short space of time your renewable energy source could give you freedom from the extortionate tariffs of the UK’s major energy companies and could even generate you a healthy profit.