Best ways to generate renewable energy from home

Those who generate renewable energy from their own home usually have two main considerations in mind: being kinder to the planet and saving some money on their utility bills.

We all know that the planet only has a finite amount of natural resources, and so getting in early on renewable technology makes complete sense.

When it comes to ways of fuelling your home in a way that is as carbon-friendly as possible, there are two main technologies that people have a tendency to opt for.

Solar energy

Any train or car journey will illuminate just how many houses in Britain are decorated with solar panels. These are becoming an increasingly popular method of providing electricity or heating water, and it’s no surprise.

Solar Panels on British home

Not only has the cost of solar panel installation halved, but the savings per year can exceed £200. Solar panels can also work anywhere in the country because they need sunlight, not heat, to work.

So, if you live all the way up in Northumbria, you can still guarantee that you will be able to generate solar energy. In order to ensure you get the most from your solar panels you should:

  • Ideally, place them on a south-facing roof.
  • Ensure your roof is not crowded by trees or other tall objects, as these will cast a shadow on the panels. Even a chimney stack will do this at the wrong time of day.

Solar panels come in a range of sizes, so if you have a small roof, you may still be able to find a solution. Get a quote for your renewable energy solution here.

Air source pumps

Renewable energy heat pump installed in the UK

For many years, wind-power and solar have taken the limelight in terms of home renewable energy, so it’s possible that you may not have heard of air source pumps. This type of renewable energy is a type of pump that works to heat your central heating.

The easiest way to think of it is imagining an air conditioning unit in reverse: it uses air to heat your home rather than cool it down.  The pump itself will sit outside your building and is best placed in your garden.

A bit like solar panels, it is far more effective to place it in direct sunlight. It can achieve results without direct sun heat, however, and even manage to convert cold air into heat at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

Air source pumps are also incredibly low maintenance: you won’t need to arrange for any form of fuel as you would with say a coal fire system. Instead, you can just use the natural air outdoors to start cutting down your heating bills.

While solar energy is widely known by many homeowners, air source pumps have taken a while to come to the top in terms of popularity. However, their low-maintenance appeal could see them continue to rise in popular use. Also, the fact they qualify for the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive giving people who sign up £7,000 over 7 years which is a significant incentive.

Both of these means of creating renewable energy are incredibly low maintenance insofar as all you really have to do is let them harness nature’s resources during the day.