Choosing renewable energy to power and heat your home is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, make your home more sustainable and reduce energy costs.
With such a variety of of different technologies available, it might be difficult to know where to start. Home renewable technologies can be broadly categorised into those that generate electricity and those that generate heat.
Benefits for your home
The primary way to generate electricity for residential properties is the installation of solar electricity panels also known as photovoltaics (PV). Solar PV cells are made from layers of semi-conducting materials and when the light shines on the materials, electrons are loosened, creating a flow of electricity. Most PV systems are made up of panels that fit on top of your properties roof, although for properties with available space it is also possible to mount them on the ground.
Improving the efficiency of heating is one of the most important steps to reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions. According to the Energy Saving Trust the average household generates 2,745kg of carbon from heating. To reach our climate change targets we need to reduce this by 2,607 kg to just 138kg by 2050. There is a lot we must do in terms of insulation and smarter controls, but one of the fundamental actions is to move your source of heat away from fossil fuels that deplete resources and release carbon to the atmosphere (oil, gas or LPG) to a renewable source. At Caplor, we offer two main solutions. Air source heat pumps which extract heat from the air or ground source heat pumps that take advantage of the thermal heat available underground.
A final important development in renewable energy for residential properties is the ability to store electricity that is generated at the property, so it can be used at a time to suit you. This is undertaken using the latest battery technologies. The development of this technology has been moving fast and the costs are also reducing so it is now becoming a realistic option as part of the home’s renewable energy plan.
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