March 2019 was a landmark month for the UK domestic heating industry. The Government announced its objective for the country to become carbon-neutral by 2050. As such, the way in which we all heat our homes is set to change.
Homeowners and property developers are starting to look towards alternative renewable heating systems now there is a planned phasing out of fossil-fuel powered boilers in new-build homes from as soon as 2025.
What are the Benefits of Renewable Energy?
Currently, the majority of UK homes are heated using fossil fuels like oil and gas and, unless the electricity you get from the supplier is generated through renewable technology (e.g. wind farms and solar farms) your electricity will also be generated from the burning of fossil fuels. In comparison to fossil fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas that all have a limited supply, renewable energy sources will never run out and are also much more environmentally friendly.
Making the switch to renewable energy solutions can offer many benefits to UK homeowners including:
- Lower energy bills – generate your own free energy and buy less from your supplier
- Reduced carbon emissions – lower your impact on the environment
- Easy maintenance and long-lasting systems
- Potentially increased property value.
So switching to a renewable energy source can help you to reduce your energy bills, increase the price of your property and lower your carbon footprint.
Types of Renewable Energy
With sustainability high on the agenda of many homeowners and housebuilders, it is important to know what types of renewable energy systems are available so GME Group has provided the main three for you:
1) Solar Photovoltaic Panels
One of the most popular and effective ways to produce renewable energy is with Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The Solar PV panels are typically placed on the roof or in the yard where they capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Solar PV systems convert sunlight directly into energy. Solar PV panels are the most common renewable energy systems because they are one of the most effective forms of generating renewable energy.
2) Air Source Heat Pumps
Effectively a fridge in reverse, an air source heat pump takes in air from the outside and releases it at a higher temperature. Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid passes through a compressor, increasing the temperature, and transfers that higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. The unit looks similar to an external air conditioning kit. The air source heat pump market is set to grow at an unprecedented rate in the near future.
3) Ground Source Heat Pumps
Ground source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the ground. First, you need an area of land to install the heat pump, then Pipes are buried in the land. One of the advantages of ground source heat pumps is that the temperature underground stays constant. This means they can be used all year round. But, you would have to dig up your garden to have them installed.
Start Getting Renewable Energy Today
If you’re interested in learning more about how your home could benefit from a renewable energy system, get in touch on 01435 868988 or contact us via our contact form. We’ll take a look at your current heating system and offer advice on how to move to a more sustainable energy source.