The Benefits Of Conserving Energy
If you're a homeowner, saving energy is beneficial in several ways. From the financial aspects to the environmental and health, cutting excessive energy use has become increasingly popular when potential buyers are looking. It doesn't matter what your incentive is, be it personal or economic, it will be beneficial to everyone.
Using appliances that are energy efficient, is a way to decrease energy consumption whilst they are doing their jobs. They work in a way that they won't have to sacrifice any quality, whilst being financially efficient. By taking care of energy usage, you may find your home also has benefits, improving the insulation and ventilation. In turn this can help benefit your health, due to the lack of mould and less chance of illness.
Your carbon footprint can lower due to energy efficiency, due to emissions decreasing from the right measures in your property. Just from changing the energy consumption you can lower energy use by up to 30 percent. Considering how energy rates tend to change and fluctuate depending on the time of year (colder months usually mean higher heating bills), it is likely to carry on for the foreseeable future. However, by making small changes, you can cut your bills down and are less likely to see a sudden price spike. Call us for all your renewable Energy in Exmouth.
Different Types of Solar Energy
Usually, the sun is the main power source for the solar energy we use. Solar energy refers to the ways light can be gathered and then changed into energy. We have heating energy such as ‘solar thermal’ and ‘solar power’ and ‘photovoltaic’ (PV) used for electricity. We also have ‘passive solar gain’, which is where natural light comes through our windows and helps to heat the inside of our homes. There are ways to improve this, such as more windows (bigger ones facing the south) and thermal materials that keep in heat. You need to be careful that the extra glass doesn’t cause too much heat in the summer, so you need to think of how to keep the house cool during this time. You could use a ‘brise-soleil’ to give shade when it’s hot, which can still let light in. If a passive solar design is developed properly, it can potentially give 40% of heat to a building.
Solar thermal panels use a black material that takes in light, heats and then moves it as a fluid into where it’s needed such as a home or swimming pool. The more insulation it has, the less sun it actually needs, so it can still work in cloudy weather.
PV changes light straight into electricity. Thin silicon ‘wafer’ materials are used in a PV panel. A solar inverter changes ‘direct current’ (DC) into ‘alternating current’ (AC). This means the energy can be transferred to the grid and used somewhere else, which provides a bigger advantage. For more details on renewable Energy in the South West call us today on the number below.
Solar Power: Energy Efficiency And Cutting Down Your Carbon Footprint
The UK can sometimes have dull and dingy weather, but luckily solar panels can still work when it’s cloudy. The electricity created won’t be as strong, but energy can still be captured. You will get the best result if they are fitted on to a suitable roof that is facing south, although east and west is acceptable.
A solar panel needs to be angled between 10 to 50 degrees. The best angle should be between 30 and 40. Trees and buildings shouldn’t be near by, as these can affect the panels by producing shade. Solar panels are usually fitted on to a roof, but they can be fitted on the ground or walls.
The biggest advantage is energy and financial efficiency. The larger your solar panels, the more electricity will be created. There could be enough to power your whole house, which will benefit your energy bills!
Your carbon footprint will also be lowered. Depending on which area you live in the UK, a standard home PV (photovoltaics) system can save between 1.3-1.6 tonnes of carbon each year, greatly helping the environment!
Your energy supply shouldn’t be affected by solar power. If the panels don’t create enough electricity, it should transfer smoothly to using the National Grid.
Overall solar panels may cost a bit to fit initially, as it depends on the size you need for your roof, but on the long run you will save on energy bills and help the environment. To learn more about Solar panels in Exeter call us today.
Subscribe to green energy suppliers in your new home
Thinking about going green? Although there are many ways to reduce your environmental impact, it is important that green and electricity be at the top of the list when discussing sustainability. Switching to a green energy supplier is a start, and there are many energy suppliers in the UK that provide 100 percent renewable electricity. Have we got your attention? Great! Keep reading.
First of all, what is green energy?
Green energy is energy that does not generate carbon dioxide. Fossil fuels produce carbon emissions that are harmful to the environment and contribute to air pollution. However, green energy is generated from sources that are inexhaustible and do not produce emissions that contribute to global warming. These sources of energy include but are not limited to:
- Solar energy
- hydroelectric energy
- Wind energy
- Geothermal energy
However, these sources of energy are umbrella terms for large operations that include many moving parts. There are many smaller ways in which you can reduce your environmental impact. One major way is making the switch to a green energy supplier.
I'm looking to switch to a green energy supplier. Who are the main green energy suppliers in the UK?
The majority of green energy suppliers offer 100 percent renewable electricity. However, if you want 100 percent gas to supplement this, it becomes a bit more complicated. Therefore, if you want the whole kitten caboodle, meaning clean electricity and green gas, you will need to switch to a smaller supplier as they often specialise in green energy tariffs.
According to Switch Plan, the energy comparison experts, the main green energy suppliers in the UK are :
- Octopus Energy
- Green Energy UK
However the best green energy supplier for you depends on your preferences when it comes to your energy plan. If you care about having the greenest energy supplier, then Green Energy UK is the perfect choice. However, if you want cheaper energy and great customer reviews, then Bulb might be the best choice for you.
It is a common misconception switching to a green energy supplier is more expensive than conventional energy plans. However, if you were to compare, for example, British Gas tariffs and Bulb’s tariffs, Bulb’s prices are far more competitive and, of course, a greener option. On Switch Plan’s website, you can switch suppliers within 10 minutes.
What are the government regulations over green energy?
According to a press release on the UK government’s website, www.gov.uk, the government set out a plan for the implementation of a green energy system and plans to support up to 220.000 british jobs in the next 10 years as the UK transitions to becoming emission free by 2050.
The UK has a goal to reach emission-free electricity by 2050 and to have decarbonised power in the 2030s. According to their website, the government will seek out low carbon electricity as a “key enabler of our transition to a net zero economy with demand expected to double due to transport and low carbon heat.”
Therefore, as the country continues to become greener by the decade, more energy suppliers will continue to roll out plans with green energy included in them. If you would like to get ahead of the game, switch to green energy suppliers today: it will save you money and you'll be doing Mother Earth a favor.
The Importance Of Rewiring Your Home
Did you know that fires in the home are quite often caused by electrical problems?
Unfortunately we don’t always think about the potential risks that comes with electricity. For instance, problems can develop eventually in the home, due to old electrical devices and aged wiring, and if it’s not cared for adequately it can become dangerous.
A couple of examples to think about can be lights that dim, particularly when using other electrical devices, as this can be a sign of a circuit that is under pressure. Other problems could be sparking from plug sockets and fuses overheating. This can be with a burnt smell.
These are just a couple of things to keep under observation in your home, but the best thing to do if you have any concerns is to get a professional electrician to do a thorough examination. Arrange a visit from an Electrical contractor in Exmouth, by calling us now.
Amazon embrace Solar Energy
As the Government abandons solar power in favour of nuclear and fracking, it is heartwarming to see that business is stepping up to the mark and investing in solar energy.
Amazon plan to install 20MW of solar panels, with battery storage at ten of their massive fulfillment centres. The Company aim to have solar arrays on 50 customer fulfillment centres globally by 2020.
Stefano Perego, operations director for Amazon UK, said: “As our fulfilment network continues to expand, we want to help generate more renewable energy at both existing and new facilities around the world in partnership with community and business leaders.“We are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability, which is good for the environment, our business, our customers, and the communities in which we operate. By diversifying our energy portfolio, we can keep business costs low and pass along further savings to customers.”
To find out more about solar panels and how your home or office could benefit from solar energy call Solar Synergy, on 0800 160 1989
Hurricane Florence Damages Solar Industry
Hurricane Florence struck the Carolinas this September and has led to some serious issues for solar energy company Duke Energy.
The storm caused the 3 GW solar farm to lose 1 GW of energy output at peak solar outages. This 1 GW of solar capacity was apparently either taken offline or tripped off during the storm a grid or facility issue according to Duke.
In the aftermath of the storm roughly 800 MW of solar capacity remains offline but is starting to be restored.
Most of the damaged sites were in areas that have or are still experiencing extreme flooding.
About a dozen of the Monroe sites 600,000 panels were damaged in the storm.
To find out more about solar panels in Exeter, get in touch with Solar Synergy.
The Cheapest Unsubsidised Electricity Ever
The cost of installing solar panels has fallen dramatically over the past few decades. Whether you're a commercial or private energy user, solar PV is now a cost-effective option without the need for government subsidies or grants.
With the cost of solar energy falling by 62% since 2009, many countries are now reaching a point where solar power is outcompeting coal and natural gas.
Although solar technology has barely changed since the 1950s, the average price of a 4kW residential system has fallen from roughly £15,000 to an average of £5,000 in the last 10 years.
Solar energy is now so competitive it has been labelled 'the cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology' - roughly half the price per kWh of coal power.
To take part in the green revolution, get your own solar panels in Exeter from Solar Synergy.
Theme Parks at the front of the queue for a greener future
Several major theme park companies across the UK and America are embracing the power of green.
From powering Ferris wheels with wind and roller coasters with solar power, Six Flags and other amusement companies have big plans to go completely green. With plans to use car park space for solar panels, huge rides like Magic Mountain will be completely powered by solar energy, helping prevent as much as 1.5 million tonnes of carbon particles from entering the atmosphere.
More largescale green plans are added to the list every day, with the most recent addition being a large ground-based solar array shaped like Mickey ears at Disney World, Florida.
To learn more about green energy, visit Solar Synergy.
Renewable Energy lowest cost option
Google has announced that it will use 100% renewable energy to power its data centres and offices from next year, 2017.
With over 60,000 staff and numerous data centres and offices, the company is already the largest single purchaser of renewable energy. The company has been working towards 100% usage since 2012. Last year 44% of its power was derived from solar and wind power in 2016 and from next year all their power will be renewable energy.
The Company has been actively looking to reduce costs as the demand for power from their numerous data centres is growing. Pressure to reduce their carbon footprint is high as it is suggested that companies such as Google are responsible for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. Google EU energy lead, Marc Oman, commented Our founders are convinced climate change is a real, immediate threat, so we have to do our part. For Solar panel installation in Exeter and the south west call Lawsons electrical installations.
Renewable Energy at Google
Google has announced that it will use 100% renewable energy to power its data centres and offices from next year. With over 60,000 staff and numerous data centres and offices, the company is already the largest single purchaser of renewable energy. Google has been working towards 100% usage since 2012. Last year 44% of its power was derived from solar and wind power in 2016 and from next year all their power will be renewable energy.
Google has been actively looking to reduce costs as the demand for power from their numerous data centres is growing. Pressure to reduce their carbon footprint is high as it is suggested that companies such as Google are responsible for approximately 2% of greenhouse gas emissions. Google EU energy lead, Marc Oman, commented “Our founders are convinced climate change is a real, immediate threat, so we have to do our part. For more information on reducing your carbon footprint and your renewable energy options in Exeter call Lawsons on 0800 160 1989.
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