Before considering renewable energy, your home should be as energy efficient as possible. This is a requirement for most of the renewable energy grants.
Renewable energy technology supplies renewable or low carbon heat and electricity to your home these systems are particularly good for homes where mains gas is not available they can replace more expensive forms of energy such as LGP, oil, solid fuel or electricity. Not only will they save on your fuel bill they may generate an income and reduce the carbon monoxide to the environment.
A range of devices can allow people to make their own electricity/heat from the wind, sun or even the ground or water from a stream or river.
Technologies can include
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Solar hot water
- Biomass boilers
- Solar PV
- Micro CHP
- Wind turbine
- Hydro power
- anaerobic digestion
For more information on the types of renewable energy visit our microgeneration page.
To find out which technology is best for your home visit the Energy Savings Trust (external link)
Two types of income are available:
Feed in tariff (FIT) pays a set amount for the electricity you produce over 20 years. For more information visit Energy Savings Trust Feed in Tariff (external link)
Renewable heat incentive (RHI) pays a set amount for the renewable heat you generate paid over 7 years. For more information visit Energy Savings Trust Renewable Heat Incentive (external link)