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Understanding The “Passivhaus” Building Standard

All new properties built in the UK must be built in accordance with building regulations. Building regulations cover just about every expect of the build and include structural stability, electrical and gas safety, minimum hygiene standards such as fresh water etc etc.

Renewable Fuels: Low down on Bio Fuel

Bio fuels are a recent development and one that has attracted a lot of attention from the media, industry and the public. Are they the wonderful all encompassing replacement for fossil fuels?

Designing an Energy Efficient Home

The design and build of a new home is a great opportunity to incorporate all of the very best energy efficient technologies and design features. Most things can be done retrospectively but it is often cheaper and easier, and causes less disruption, to deal with it at the build stage.

Do Solar Panels Affect Property Values?

Now that the feed in tariff is here and with fuel prices on a steady incline there is no doubt that solar panels are an excellent medium to long term investment if you intend staying in your home, but what if you move? Will your house be worth more or less? Will you recoup your […]

Solar Powered Toys – Transforming Robot & 6 in 1 Educational Toy

Why didn’t they have toys like this when I was kid?!

Amazing Solar Powered Gadgets and Gifts

I don’t know about you, but when I think of solar panels I normally think of the large solar panels that are mounted on buildings to provide electrical supply and hot water. If you think of gadgets you probably think of the good old fashioned solar powered pocket calculator that has been around for decades.

Installing a Biomass Boiler at Your Home

Biomass boilers are simply boilers that, instead of burning oil or gas, burn wood in the form of logs, wood chips or pellets. They are much better for the environment because the only CO2 they produce is what the wood has collected from the atmosphere when growing. If a tree were left to die naturally […]

How to Claim the Feed In Tariff

The feed in tariff scheme has been up and running since April 2010. Anyone installing solar panels, wind turbines or other renewable electricity producing equipment may be entitled to claim the tariff payments but what’s the application process?

What Effect Will The Weather Have On Solar Panels?

We all know that it the UK our weather is very unpredictable. We get the full range from blisteringly hot sun (albeit not as often as we’d like!) to heavy snowfall, and most things in between. You might wonder therefore, what effect would this have on the operation of a solar panel? What are the […]

How To Avoid Being Ripped Off By Renewable Energy Installers

The renewable energy (or micro generation) industry is seen as a very ethical and honourable one, after all these people are helping to save the planet aren’t they? Whilst this may be true, the unfortunate fact is that where there is money to be made, there will be someone out there willing to take advantage […]

Do I Need Planning Permission For Installing Solar Roof Panels?

Up until April 2008 it was necessary to apply for planning permission in order to install solar panels. The government however wants us all to use more renewable energy and so in 2008 it changed the planning rules in order to make it easier to do so.

Free Solar Panels – What You Should Know

Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, can be used to harness the energy provided by the sun and convert it to electricity. As well as being great for the environment because they do not produce any harmful emissions, the “fuel” (i.e. sunlight) is of course free which makes for lower fuel bills.

Installing Solar Panels at Your Home

Solar panels or photovoltaic cells are one of the greenest, most low maintenance and most cost effective forms of renewable energy. Whilst they are quite expensive to install, the running costs are low are there is very little maintenance required. They are often described as “fit and forget” systems.

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) details

In part 2 of our aticles regarding the renewable heat incentive we explore some of the finer points and practicalities of the scheme. We look at some of areas you may require clarification and answer some frequently asked questions.

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