To do your part for the environment, and potentially save money, setting up renewables in your own home (otherwise known as micro-generation) can be an ideal way to cut down your carbon footprint. In some cases, you may even be able to sell surplus energy back to the main grid. Reducing dependency on non-renewable energy sources has to be a priority for the future, and having your own reliable energy generation can stand you in good stead for a constantly fluctuating energy market.
Energy-Efficiency Is The First Step
There’s no point in establishing renewable energy in your home, if you haven’t optimised the energy-efficiency in your home. Lock-in heat by padding out your house with generous insulation, draught-proofing and double-glazing. Water is also an important resource to conserve. Online Pump Supplies recently released a survey detailing the staggering water wastage habits of UK residents. Be sure to avoid unnecessary resource consumption.
Explore Your Options
Consider which type of renewable energy would suit your area and home. Some of your options include solar thermal, hydroelectricity, heat pumps, and wind turbines, but there are lots more to consider. You can use the Energy Saving Trust’s Renewables Selector to help you decide which renewable energy generators would work best for you.
Do Your Research
With your renewable shortlist, research around each one. You need to find out the costs, which products are available, any installation issues, and the size of whichever system you’ve chosen. If you know anyone who uses this technology, ask them for first-hand accounts of using it.
Look Into The Paperwork
If you like the sound of one technology, you’ll need to look into the planning permission and insurance involved. As long as your renewable system meets certain criteria, it’s likely that you won’t need planning permission to go forward with it. Many home insurance companies will cover common renewable technologies, but always get in contact and see if installing your system will affect your home insurance policy.
Calculate What You Will Save
If you’re still happy with your choice, ascertain how much you could potentially save by installing your system by reducing the electricity or fuel you need in your home. Ideally, you’ll want your renewable technology to pay for itself, so look into this carefully.
Choose Your Installer Wisely
It’s best to find an installer who is highly certified through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Also, make sure that you take several quotes to get the best deal. Look at company reviews and make an informed decision.
Use Your Renewables To Their Fullest
Once you’ve chosen your renewable system, have a plan for using it to its fullest. You’ll probably have to lay down quite a lot of money for this technology, and if you have the option of using clean energy, you should really exploit this avenue. Get your installer to thoroughly explain the processes to you and keep all the manuals that come with it. Any installer worth their salt should be happy to do this.