Renewable energy has become increasingly popular over the past few years with the movement toward a cleaner environment and the government attempting to achieve strict carbon emission targets.
The implication of different grant schemes and Government incentives – most notably the feed-in tariff for solar PV, which was launched in April 2010 and pays people for generating renewable electricity – has helped enormously to increase both the interest in and demand for renewable energy.
Thanks to ever increasing energy bills and huge rises in gas and electricity prices over the last couple of years, more and more consumers are trying to rely less on fossil fuels and have been turning to renewable energy resources. And as a result, many energy providers have created more environmentally friendly energy products.
A similar Government incentive, the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launches in spring 2014. It works in a similar way and is a financial incentive designed to encourage the uptake of air source heat pumps and other renewable heating technologies. Similar to the FiT scheme, the RHI offer financial remuneration to homeowners for generating their own renewable heating and hot water.
Understanding renewable energy is the first step toward utilizing its benefits, of which there are many. Renewable energy describes energy sources that are considered to be environmentally friendly, non-polluting and sometimes renewable. Renewable energy is designed to leave less of a footprint on the environment through the reduction of pollutants. Heat pumps including ground source heat pumps are included under the renewable energy banner, as well as:
You can’t switch on the TV or read the news without coming across a story about some form of renewable energy. It stands to reason that we cannot continue to rely indefinitely on fossil fuels. For too long we’ve relied on natural gases and coal, so generating our own renewable energy will also help alleviate our reliance on other countries for energy.
Renewable energy has numerous benefits and advantages, the main ones being:
Builder Guide has a strong background in renewables. Let us know what type of renewable energy technology or technologies you’re interested in, and we’ll find the right firms who’ll be able to address your renewable energy needs and provide up to three quotes to help you compare prices.
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