Popular Forms of Green Energy Solutions in the UK

With rising bills and a greater emphasis on the protection of the environment, it perhaps isn’t too surprising that green energy is on the up. Both residential and commercial entities are looking to get in on the action, not only to save money, but also to do their bit. These days it isn’t at all strange to see a lone wind turbine or a solar panel on the roof of a house; green is becoming mainstream!

So if you want to consider a green energy solution for your own house or building project, here are a few options you might want to learn more about:


Solar power

One of the most accessible forms of green energy for homeowners is solar power. There are some houses that are more suited to panels on the roof because of the positioning, but it is something worth taking a closer look at anyway. There may be a work-around even if your home isn’t the perfect candidate. People who already have these panels report a far smaller utility bill which is very handy when companies continue to increase prices. You would be looking at an upfront cost (the exact price would be dependent on the solution you choose) so speak to a professional about what to expect.


Wind power

It is very likely that you have seen a wind turbine in the UK. They are strewn across open fields, dotted out at sea, and even make appearances on farms and in town centres. There are quite a few things to think about if you want to explore the idea of wind power further. It might be worth speaking to an ecological consultant from Middlemarch Environmental Ltd as they do assessments specifically associated with turbine technology. The type of thing they would cover includes ecological impact, bird surveys, collision risks and more.


Water power

Some lucky people also have the ability to generate energy from water on their premises. Water mills were popular in the past, but people are now exploring the possibilities of getting these working once again. Even without this, it is still possible to draw hydropower simply by having a stream in the grounds. There is a brilliant section about hydroelectricity on the Energy Saving Trust website so take a look there for your next step.


Other positive actions

If cost and property ineligibility are stopping you from using renewable energies, you can still help the environment in other ways. Think about the energy efficiency of residential or commercial premises and see how you can improve it now and over time. Common ways to do this include having an audit to see whether the windows and doors need to be replaced, or getting a better form of insulation in the attic and walls. Other ways to make a change include turning off devices when they aren’t in use, turning the thermostat down one degree, or even just using less of everything including electricity, gas and water.



Editor’s Note: From time to time we entertain guest articles. Today’s guest article was written by Elizabeth Hill

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