Very often, renewable options like solar panels and biomass boilers are a more economical and sensible choice than the non-renewable alternatives. However, one of the main issues facing sustainability is that the technology still isn’t as mainstream as fossil fuel systems, so it isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds. It may also be the case that initial costs for sustainable systems are higher, so the long-term benefits are overlooked. Sustainability is the way forward for our homes and for our planet. Renewable energy has so much to offer everybody, it’s becoming increasingly accessible, and at SipTex Panels we want to get more people talking about it. Soon, sustainable methods of energy production can form the backbone of our power supply and become the default choice for households.
Sustainability starts at home. There’s something incredibly liberating in knowing that you’re able to function without being completely dependent upon centrally produced resources. It’s a rewarding experience to do something proactive that will provide for your family, whilst ensuring a better, cleaner environment for future generations.
Here is a whistle stop tour of some popular renewable methods of energy production and the benefits they can have for you:
- Solar panels. These clever systems use photovoltaic cells to convert light into energy. They’re highly versatile, and can be used pretty much anywhere that there is daylight. Large scale solar farms can generate power in bulk, but many people are installing individual panels for their own person use. This has the benefit of cutting your bills right down, and possibly even getting rid of them altogether if you can produce enough energy to keep your property going. If your roof is positioned correctly, this is entirely possible. Sometimes you can even produce enough to sell back to the grid.
- If you want something a little more subtle, try solar tiles. They’re not as efficient, but can still make a considerable contribution to your energy production. If you live in a listed building or simply don’t like the appearance of solar panels, they’re a good alternative.
- Biomass. This is the name given to the energy produced by burning organic matter. In its most simple form, biomass energy production can involve installing a wood burner or open fire in order to provide heat in your property. Biomass boilers are also an option – they’re usually operated using wood chips, pellets or logs. They can supply hot water and central heating throughout your home, and can save you about £200 per annum.
- Ground or air source heat pumps. This process involves capturing heat from underground or from the air and transferring it to your home. The heat passes through an exchanger and into the pump, where it can then be made use of in the property. These kinds of systems may initially cost more than others to install, but they often come with long guarantees and require very little maintenance. You may need more space to fit the system, though with ground pumps, there is an option to drill a vertical bore hole.
- Small-scale wind turbines. Some areas will be better than others, but in general, the UK is a very good part of the world for generating power from wind turbines. If you have a particularly exposed spot to fit your turbine, you can produce a very decent amount of electricity. Choose from freestanding or building mounted versions depending on the space you have available and how much you want to spend on installation – building mounted will be cheaper.