Renewable Articles

Fun with Energy Monitors!

Fun with Energy Monitors!

/ July 24, 2013 12:36 pm

Saving energy in the home isn’t always the most fun and exciting pastime. Even when you find a unnecessary device still plugged in or a TV on standby, the rewards from turning it off aren’t exactly fulfilling, and when you wake your wife up at 1am to tell her you’ve just saved some energy by switching off the George Foreman grill at the wall, for some reason she doesn’t seem [...]

What appliances cost you the most?

What appliances cost you the most?

/ May 29, 2013 11:21 am

Your appliances within the home cost money to run. Yes, I’m stating the obvious – but do you know what appliances actually cost the most to run? Having a bit of knowledge about what appliances are the most expensive in your property can help alter your usage and can even save you money. One of the best ways to cut your bills is to get into the energy saving mindset, [...]

Replacing a boiler – How much can you really save?

Replacing a boiler – How much can you really save?

/ April 19, 2013 10:53 am

If you’re looking to replace your boiler soon then you probably want to know how much it’s going to save on your bills. We find that customers looking for installation quotes always get told by installers that new high efficiency boilers will save them money, but never how much. To get a full understanding of the savings that can be made with your new boiler you need to know its [...]

Why you shouldn’t throw away compact fluorescent bulbs

Why you shouldn’t throw away compact fluorescent bulbs

/ March 22, 2013 9:44 am

Back in the days of traditional incandescent bulbs, all you needed to do when the lightbulb had blown was to simply wrap them up and throw them in the bin. Simple! However, as we’re moving away from these energy inefficient bulbs and on to energy saving bulbs we need to be careful of how we dispose of these new compact fluorescent energy saving bulbs. The reason that these energy saving [...]

To cut your carbon emissions, think about your commute.

To cut your carbon emissions, think about your commute.

/ February 20, 2013 10:07 am

We always encourage people to cut their carbon emissions as in most cases you’ll be saving money on top of doing your bit to help the planet. However, one thing we haven’t advised yet is that you should think about how to do regular journeys to and from work and how much of an impact they’re having on the environment. Of course, walking or cycling to work is always the [...]

The future of Solar Photovoltaic panels?

The future of Solar Photovoltaic panels?

/ February 18, 2013 10:50 am

Solar Photovoltaic panels are a great way to cut the amount of non-green electricity you use from the grid and reduce your carbon emissions. However, you’re quite limited to the amount of panels on your property by the roof or wall space available. There is currently a lot of research being carried out on cutting the cost of solar panels so they’re more accessible to home owners and property developers, [...]

The ECO Deal

The ECO Deal

/ February 6, 2013 10:27 am

The ECO deal stands for The Energy Company Obligation Deal. It’s an agreement that the big six energy suppliers are all being a part of from early 2013 to enable low-income homes to save energy and cut carbon emissions without having to spend out as much on insulation and energy saving devices. The deal is split into three parts… Carbon Saving Obligation:- By providing funding for insulating solid walls, property [...]

Exhaust air heat pumps

Exhaust air heat pumps

/ January 30, 2013 1:58 pm

There seems to be many renewable and eco-friendly energy sources that the press simply neglects. Last week we covered district heating systems, which can cut carbon emissions for groups of buildings, and now it’s time to focus on exhaust air heat pumps (EAHPs). An EAHP is a fairly unknown device, which can really aid a property to become carbon neutral. It works by using heat recovery and mechanical ventilation to [...]

A lesser known eco-friendly heating solution

A lesser known eco-friendly heating solution

/ January 21, 2013 12:00 pm

There are some energy saving solutions that dodge the public limelight. While wind  and solar energy sources are constantly in the press, other solutions such as geothermal and hydro-power are quite often forgotten about. The same goes for heating solutions. The press mainly focusses on people buying a new high efficiency boiler, but often neglect mentioning the very high efficiency boilers available and devices that can be fixed to a [...]

Voltage optimisation

Voltage optimisation

/ January 9, 2013 10:58 am

Another lesser known way to save money on your electricity bill is to have a Voltage Optimiser installed by the switch box to your property. The purpose of a Voltage Optimiser is to automatically reduce the voltage coming in to a property when it is not needed. Most appliances need a voltage only of 220v to operate, whereas the voltage sent in from the national grid is around 240v. Reducing this [...]