Posts Tagged ‘Renewable Heat Incentive’


08
APR

Conor MacGuire says:
Renewable Energy – Power Your Home More Effectively and Efficiently


Category: Biomass Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Water Power, Wind Power
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In the recent years, the rising costs of energy have boosted the overall cost of living to all new heights. Thus, it now becomes necessary for the homeowners to set their sights on the alternative energy sources. These sources reduce both, energy dependence and expense to a significant amount.

As the fear of ending conventional sources of energy rises, the homemakers have started weighing other options for their energy consumption. More and more people now ought to invest in alternative energy resources of energy, and it seems to be a growing market. Along this, a number of states now offer rebates, tax credits, and other incentives to promote clean energy. So, now it’s your turn to switch to these energy sources, before it gets too late. Read out here to find some promising solutions, which can help power your home efficiently and effectively:

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Solar

When it comes to renewable sources, ‘Solar energy’ is the first to strike your brain. The reason for its ever increasing popularity is that it is the easiest solution, or better say, one of the most easily accessible. For your home, all you need is the photo-voltaic solar panels, batteries and an inverter.

The performance depends greatly on the region you are residing, for example, the location having sunny and brighter days for most of the time per year will show better results. But, that doesn’t mean the areas with less sunlight cannot use solar panels. Even, if the temperature falls off, the solar energy users can still keep their homes warm and bright.

Another advantage of solar energy is that it demands a little maintenance. The solar panels once installed, can provide large amounts of electricity and don’t ask for repairs often.

Wind

Do you know that wind energy is the second most widely used renewable source? But, many homemakers associate it with those mammoth wind farms, neglecting their usage at home. The fact which remains silent is that there are a number of small sized turbines available, perfect for producing a significant amount of energy.

So, it is a valuable solution for those looking for non- conventional sources. The speed of the wind in your region will decide over the right solution for your home. You can seek help from the weather services, they will let you know the average wind speed in your region.

Undoubtedly, bigger turbines are capable of generating a large amount of energy, but you can use a 10-kilowatt turbine for your home. It is 100 feet tall, the turbine is nearly 23 feet and is sufficient to produce enough energy for a house.

Micro Hydro Electricity

This is an effective solution and its installation is much easier. Warning!!! – It is ideal only if you live near moving water.

All you need is to place a pipe, running from the higher area (where water is flowing) to a lower piece of ground. As the water moves downhill, turns the turbine at the end of the pipe, energy is produced. Surprisingly, a number of micro hydro systems have been known to produce ten or even 100 times more power than wind or solar. Moreover, it is more efficient than the two other sources, as it can run non-stop and overnight.

Biomass

As far as the use of biomass for your home is considered, it usually includes the stove used to heat water or for general home heating. You can use plants, including wood waste, grass, crops or trees to fuel your stoves. It is sometimes reported to pollute the air, but it is still a green option as it produces less pollution than those fossil fuels, which involves burning of harsh chemicals.

So, there is a multitude of combinations available. Now, it depends on your budget to achieve energy independence with help of these renewable sources!

UK Gov is inspiring folks to use these technologies and providing loan under the scheme like Green Deal. If you need green deal in Scotland then contact Green Energy Scotland Limited for your needs. UK Gov is also running another scheme called: Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat. The RHI pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings.



12
DEC

Lets Get Energized says:
Dorset’s Ace Energy Win Large Heating Contract at Spiritual Healing Centre


Category: Biomass Energy, Renewable Heat Energy
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Ammerdown-biomass

Ace Energy have just succeeded in winning a contract to install 180 kW of biomass heating at The Ammerdown Centre near Bath.

The new Windhager wood pellet system will replace three oil boilers and save the centre £8,700 in heating bills annually.

As a commercial project the centre will also benefit from the Non Domestic Renewable Heat incentive (RHI) providing them with over £21,000 each year for the next 20 years.

The first phase installation is expected to be followed with a further 60 kW in the staff quarters and at the chapel on site bringing the total installed to 240 kW. Over the term of the RHI the Ammerdown Centre are set to benefit by a staggering £450,000 in fuel savings and quarterly RHI receipts.

If you have a commercial property or even an annex on your home you may also be eligible for this energy saving, finance generating system so give Ace Energy a call for your free assessment on 01747 858853 or 01225 729005 or visit www.ace-energy.net



02
OCT

Anna Celeste Watson says:
What happened to National Carbon Footprint Day?


Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Film/Video
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Last year saw the first ever National Carbon Footprint Day here in the UK so I must say I am rather disappointed to not be able to find any information on the day continuing this year (please let me know if you hear any more!).

Climate change is as big an issue, if not a bigger issue, than ever. You may have seen Dorset Energized’s post last monthNew Report: Climate – Everyone’s Businesson a new report which adds thousands of new studies on the body of evidence on climate change.

This week the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has been widely criticised by climate scientists as “immoral” after they accused him of playing down the dangerous consequences of global warming. You can read more about that in The Telegraph at: www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/environment/climatechange/10346050/Environment-Secretary-accused-of-immoral-stance-on-climate-change.html

Confused about Climate Change?

The WWF have produced this interesting short video for people who are still confused about Climate Change and how we can all take action today:

Calculate your own carbon footprint & save money

Our lifestyle choices make up our environmental footprint.

You can calculate your Environmental Footprint on: http://footprint.wwf.org.uk

The government may well not be doing half enough to tackle climate change but they have at least produced the Act on CO2 Calculator website which I think is great, and where we can all as individuals and households play our part in reducing our carbon emissions and also save energy and save money too (which let’s face it, is the bottom line for most of us!).

You can measure your carbon footprint with the Act on CO2 Calculator at: http://carboncalculator.direct.gov.uk

Check out our Energy Efficiency section for lots of other ways you can reduce your home energy bills. There are also several government grants and money back schemes available at the moment including the Green Deal and to prepare for the Renewable Heat Incentive which has been delayed until next year – check out our section on Renewable Energy to find out all the ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint and save money whilst investing in green sustainable energy, and look out for exclusive Dorset Energized offers too!



28
NOV

Wendy Pillar says:
Solar thermal rapidly spreading over Dorset rooftops!


Category: Solar Energy
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Photovoltaic solar panels, which generate electricity, have been rapidly spreading over Dorset rooftops in the last couple of years. Solar thermal systems seem less popular for some reason, but make perfect energy and financial sense if you have a south- or near-south-facing roof.

Solar thermal is like having a radiator on the roof that works in reverse – instead of taking heat from the hot water cylinder and distributing it into the internal space of the house, it takes heat from the sun on the roof and concentrates it into the hot water cylinder. In fact, you can make a DIY version with an old radiator painted black and placed in a sunny spot. There are some technicial issues with this, and it’s nowhere near as efficient as a modern purpose-built system, but on the other hand it is nearly free! (By the same token, you can make a solar shower with just a very long hosepipe and a shower head, but that’s a different story!)

A well-installed system should provide 60–70% of annual domestic hot water requirements. Simpler to install than photovoltaics, the installer drills the fixings through the slates or tiles into the rafters, sealing the holes afterwards. Inside the house there is a pump, temperature sensors and a controller that stops heat being removed from the cylinder when it is cold outside. You will probably also need a new hot water cylinder with an extra coil inside. It is important to calculate the size of the installation correctly – larger isn’t necessarily better, as the system may overheat if it generates more heat than can be absorbed by the water in the cylinder. For this reason, it is important to pick an experienced local installer. Once installed, your hot water is effectively free for about eight months of the year for at least 20 years into the future. You can turn your boiler off altogether over the summer months, making major savings on gas or heating oil.

The Renewable Heat Incentive currently provides a grant of £300 towards solar thermal installation costs, and a new grant is likely to be announced in the next few months that, similar to the feed-in tariff, will make payments for the heat generated, paying back the cost of installation in around 7 years.

So, with the cost of heating oil, gas and electricity steadily climbing, solar thermal makes sense on financial as well as environmental grounds, and there is plenty of time to get it installed before the sun finally returns in the spring.

For more information and the options available see our section on Solar Energy.



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