Renewable energy is generated from natural sources, such as the sun, wind, biomass and water. And these renewable energy sources are naturally replenished. Choosing renewable energy sources for your home electricity and heating is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, make your home more sustainable, and potentially lower your energy costs.
It is also often referred to as “green energy” and “clean energy” as the process of generating energy from these renewable sources emits no or hardly any greenhouse gases – unlike fossil fuels like coal and oil. Moving away from these traditional sources of energy is a key step in our efforts to take action for climate and combat climate change.
There are different sources of renewable energy and here we detail four of the most common types of renewable energy and how they work.
You can use the sun to generate electricity for your home through solar photovoltaic panels that are installed on your roof. These panels take the sun’s rays and convert it into electricity that you can use to warm your home and power your devices.
The panels can generate power during daylight hours and it doesn’t have to be sunny in order for them to work, although they do generate more power on sunnier days. The power generated during daylight hours can be stored in batteries so you can still use electricity after the sun goes down. And any excess power you don’t use can be sold into the national electricity grid as part of the as part of the Government’s Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
Wind turbines capture the wind like sails and convert the rotational energy into electrical energy which is then distributed to power our homes and businesses.
Wind turbines are not just for the big wind farms you see in wide open spaces. Smaller wind turbines are available for homes, either as a free-standing pole or installed on the building directly. They generate electricity by the wind turning the blades, which drives the internal turbine and creates power.
Biomass heating systems burn organic materials, such as wood pellets, chips or logs to provide heating and hot water. This is a lower carbon way of heating compared to fossil fuels like coal and oil as the wood burned in these systems only emits as much carbon as the tree absorbed during the months and years that it was growing.
Generating electricity from water is achieved through a hydroelectric plant – water flows spin a turbine to generate electricity. And the technology keeps on developing – including a wave turbine that captures breaking wave power and protects the shoreline from coastal erosion.
There are many large scale hydroelectric power plants in operation but you can also get small scale ones for your home. These can generate enough electricity to power a home on a river that has a one-metre drop. This renewable energy source uses water flowing downhill to generate electricity – so if your home is close to a lake or river it could be a great option for you.
So what are the advantages of getting your home fitted with the right type of renewable energy solutions?
- Reduce your carbon footprint
- Reduce your servicing costs
- Save an average of £250-400 per year on heating bills
- Zero risk of carbon monoxide leaks
- Make your property quieter
If you would like to take the next steps towards making a carbon neutral home then request a free quote from us now https://mecohomes.co.uk/free-quote/