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Many people reading this will have spent their childhood in homes with 9” brickwork, lofts with no insulation, big single glazed sash windows and in winter ice on the inside of the glass. In hindsight it’s curious that it took so long for people to question the vast amounts of money our parents spent effectively heating the air around our homes, so poor were the thermal properties of our buildings.
But time and technology have moved on and today even many Victorian houses have the benefit of double glazing, wall and loft insulation and of course renewable energy systems.
When you invest in renewable energy technology for your building you will be made aware of the financial and environmental benefits. We strongly suggest you make the most of these by keeping in mind the way each system works and making small changes to your day to day living.
Foremost will be the reduction of your energy bills. We know a Solar PV system can make significant savings to your electricity bill and a heat pump will save approximately 40% off your old oil bill, not to mention the considerable government financial incentives currently available, but while you’re saving energy with these technologies it’s important not to squander it elsewhere:
With the introduction of the Economy 7 electricity tariff, many families became accustomed to using their appliances at night to take advantage of cheap electricity. If you have solar PV you can now switch to using your appliances during the day and take advantage of FREE electricity:
If you have solar PV, remember your Export Tariff is paid on half the energy you generate, regardless of how much you use, so you can capitalise on this by using as much as possible:
A solar thermal system will provide most of your hot water during half the year but there will be times when you need to top up the heat from another source:
None of this is ‘rocket science’, as they say; having taken the time to determine which renewable energy technologies are right for you, you will probably be more aware than you were before of how you can save – or waste – energy. Now you can have fun thinking up new and innovative ways to save money while reducing your carbon emissions; perhaps run a competition amongst your household, to involve the entire family.
If you require any further help or advice on living with renewables, please don’t hesitate to contact your local Solarsense office.