Consider switching your family to renewable energy in 2012

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When it comes to the environment, there aren’t that many people who aren’t aware exactly how much effect carbon emissions are having on the environment. With this in mind, it is crucial that everybody knows how switching to renewable energy can make a great difference to both the world and your family.
There are so many little things that you can do within the home to make a difference to your energy bills, but by installing appliances that work over the long-term you can make the biggest change. Here we will have a look at why getting your family in the know about renewable energy can make a difference to your finances.

Benefits of renewable energy

We have relied on non-renewable sources of energy for many years and, as the name would suggest, they are running out because of there is no more to find – added to the fact that we are using too much. What is more is that these fossil fuels are destroying our environment thanks to pollution. It is thought that more than three-quarters of man-made emissions are because of this.

Combine this with the fact that renewable energy is sustainable, requires less maintenance and has a very minimal impact on the environment then you are well on your way to understanding why your family needs to get it around the home. The facts are there, and with a continued increase in interest, it’s surprising that there aren’t more homes across the United Kingdom using the various options.

What types of renewable energy can we use in the home?
Green energy is everywhere, we can get it from the sun, wind and water – even from biomass and geothermal – but they aren’t always convenient for the home. Britain is a great spot for wind energy, but the chances are that your garden isn’t the ideal home for a turbine while harnessing hydropower can only really be used at a river basin.
With this in mind, it is solar energy that more and more property owners are investing in. What you need to ask is why? And there are many reasons.
• Ease – Every building has a roof, and these can all be fitted with solar panels which use the Sun’s energy to create electricity and energy to be used in the home. Additionally, you can place them in the garden to capture all of the sunlight that you have at your disposal.
• Cost – While it obviously depends on which company you use, the price of installing solar panels is considerably less than the other renewable energy types. With prices between £2,500 and £3,500 per kilowatt for purchase and installation – remember that 2 kW at least are needed for a family home – it should be considered an investment but is affordable.
• A good mix – You can’t always rely on the Sun, so when installing renewable energy it is often recommended to use the national grid at the same time.
• Low maintenance – Many panels are guaranteed for 10 or 20 years and are designed to not be affected by the climate so it is unlikely that once you have shelled out there will be more to pay. Always check the home insurance to see if you are covered.

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 • Long term benefits – The government offers a Feed In Tariff scheme which is designed to make people take action and helps you make money. You have to be aware that it takes as long as 10 years to recuperate the investment but after this time you will be making significant money.

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3 Comments

  1. February 16, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    I do think we all need to do our bit for the environment, but I’m still not sure about this. Not everyone likes the look and we still dont have a lot of information about how effective this method is, it could affect the saleability of your house for some on a positive note and other negative.

  2. Jelly Babies
    July 2, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    Great post, I think solar panels are a fantastic idea in the long term.

  3. September 24, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    Getting a solar panel maybe expensive at first because of the equipment and installation but in the long run you will save a lot from your electricity bills and it is ecofriendly, consider this your part in saving mother Earth,

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