Best Home Renewable Energy Systems
Renewable energy systems are a great way of future-proofing your home. With energy prices still high, supplementing or even breaking away from conventional energy supplies is a great way to counteract rising energy costs.
Deciding what is the best home renewable energy system for you can be confusing. So we’re here to talk you through the options available in the UK today and give you guidance on how you can find the best solution for your home.
Solar panels are the most common choice, especially in England and Wales because they can work for most homes. They convert sunlight into electricity, reducing your reliance on the grid and usually saving you money on bills. Costs for buying solar panels have lowered significantly in recent years, and government incentives like the Smart Export Guarantee help offset the initial cost. However, you should consider potential challenges like whether your roof is large enough to house the number of panels you need.
Air source heat pumps
These extract heat from the air outside to provide heating and hot water. They’re highly efficient and qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. However, they might not work as well in extremely cold areas and they do require electricity to run.
Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps are similar to air source heat pumps but they extract heat from the ground, offering higher efficiency, great savings and year-round performance. However, installation is more disruptive and expensive, so this is something to consider before choosing this renewable system.
Get in touch with Warmaway to learn more about ground source heat pumps. We can advise you on whether this system is suitable for your property and get you booked in if you are ready for installation.
Biomass boilers burn wood pellets, chips, or logs to generate heat. They’re carbon-neutral if using sustainably sourced fuel but require regular maintenance and fuel storage space.
These types of boilers are a great way to utilise food waste, as it can be used as fuel. Using food waste as fuel alongside other locally sourced fuels can make biomass boilers a great renewable option.
Solar thermal panels
Solar thermal panels heat your water using the sun, saving money on water heating costs. In the UK, these types of panels can account for as much as 90% of hot water requirements in the summer months however this drops to 25% in the winter months when the weather is colder and cloudier.
If you have a suitable water source like a stream near your home you might benefit from micro-hydropower to generate electricity. However, installation can be complex and may require permits. If you do have a water source on your property that is suitable for hydropower, it might be worth exploring legal requirements and putting this natural source to use.
Things to consider when choosing the best system for your home
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a system that is the best fit for your home:
- Your budget: the cost of these energy systems can vary depending on the system and installation.
- Your property: The size, roof suitability, available space, and access to renewable resources like sunlight or water will influence which systems are suitable for your home.
- Your energy needs: How much electricity and hot water do you use?
- Government incentives: Check for available grants, feed-in tariffs, or RHI payments that can offset costs.
Remember, it’s crucial to do your research and put time into comparing the different options. Choosing the right renewable energy system can help you save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase your home’s value.
Renewable systems from Warmaway
If you think you could benefit from a discussion with an expert, get in touch with the team at Warmaway. We can advise you on what system might be the best fit for your property and can install a range of renewable systems for you too. We also install EV home chargers and provide installations under the boiler upgrade scheme.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch today and start your journey to maximising your home’s energy efficiency in 2024.