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Category Archives: Renewable Energy

Feed In Tariffs – Eligible and Economic?

Putting a renewable energy source in your home is often regarded as an investment. Weighing up the costs of installing a system against the money it will produce is in essence the decision. Therefore, understanding Feed In Tariffs (FIT) is vital in deciding whether to have a renewable energy source at your home.

Are Solar Panels Right For You?

With solar panels popping up on rooftops everywhere it is no surprise that solar power is one of the most popular forms of renewable energy. Particularly, the Feed In Tariffs (FIT) has made solar panels more viable either through owning your own panels or through ‘rent your roof’ schemes.

Considering a Zero Carbon Home

Carbon zero homes are part of the Government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions from residential properties, which make up 30% of all the CO2 the UK produces. It is hoped that all new homes built from 2016 will be carbon neutral, but there are many developers who are already blazing a trail.

Changes to Feed in Tariff Rates for Solar Panels

The feed in tariff (FIT) was introduced on 1s April 2010 by the Labour Government to encourage us to install equipment in our homes and businesses which generates electricity using low or zero carbon producing “fuels” such as wind, sun or water. People who install energy generating equipment such as solar panels or wind turbines […]

Solar Rent a Roof Scheme May Trap Thousands in Expensive Mortgages

These days it’s normal to remortgage every two or three years. You take a good deal on a fixed interest rate and once the fixed rate expires you switch to whichever lender is offering the best deal at the time. Provided you have sufficient equity in your property and a decent credit rating and your […]

Greenest Government Ever? Sorry Mr Cameron but do we look Green?!

Anyone remember, 3 days after coalition took power, David Cameron making his promise to lead the “greenest Government ever”? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, it’s hardly up there with the Kennedy assassination or the Moon landing, but nonetheless it was an important pledge at an important time for environmental policy and if you’re […]

Installing a Ground Source Heat Pump

Ground source heat pumps have been around for over 50 years, and are quite common in some parts of the world such as the United States and Scandinavia. Most people don’t realise that they can be a viable option for residential properties however it should no surprise to see them becoming more and more common […]

How feed-in tariff changes will affect homeowners

Homeowners and businesses have been striving to complete their installations of solar panels before the deadline of March 3rd, after which the feed-in-tariff incentive fell from 43p per kilowatt hour (kWh) to 21p. Installations completed after this date will receive the original 43p rate only until April 1st, and figures released by the Department for […]

DECC Announces Feed In Tariff changes – the good and bad news

After some deliberation the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that having had “Green Deal measures” installed in a property will not be a prerequisite for claiming the Feed in Tariff (FIT). The Green Deal is this Government’s flagship environmental policy (the FIT being a Labour initiative) and is due to launch […]

Installing a Wind Turbine at Your Home

Wind turbines are a great way, in the right conditions, to harness “free” energy from the wind. Their operation is simple, the wind turns the blades which are connected to a shaft which turns a generator which in turns produces electricity. They can be connected to the mains power supply for properties on the National […]

FIT Rate Cuts, Is Now Still a Good Time to Buy Solar PV

Following a review of the feed in tariff rates paid for electricity generated from small scale solar panel installations, the Government recently announced that from 12 December this year the feed in tariff rate would be cut from 41.3p per kilowatt hour to 21p. This has caused alarm among the solar sector and sparked fears […]

Energy Efficiency to Increase Property Prices

Energy efficient homes are better. They are better for the environment, which is an increasingly important consideration for many people and they are better for the homeowners’ pockets which has always been an important consideration and always will be. So it stands to reason then that a highly efficient property, fitted with lots of energy […]

Multi-fuel Burning Stoves – A good option?

It may come as a bit of a surprise but these days burning wood or solid fuel is considered to be a very environmentally friendly way of supplementing the heating for a property. It wasn’t that long ago that this was frowned upon but now it is acceptable and even encouraged in some areas. In […]

Study shows solar PV adds value to home

A recent study in the USA has shown that solar PV panels increase the sale value of a home. Research suggests that homeowners who have installed solar panels on their home will recoup the cost of the investment upon the sale of their home.

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