Renewable heating at home

The latest eco-friendly solutions to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.

By Ife Adedeji | 13 January 2017

Reduce your energy costs and increase your home’s efficiency with the latest range of eco-friendly solutions.

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We all know the benefits that installing green tech and abandoning fossil fuels can have on our planet.  Thanks to ongoing advancements, what you may not know is that it’s becoming easier to make your home more sustainable – and it’s getting increasingly affordable, too. Further, there are several options that can be retrofitted into older properties – ideal if you’ve recently taken on a renovation project. For added incentive, government schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) could actually give you money back if your system qualifies.

Solar options:

Photovoltaic (PV) panels and tiles or solar thermal collectors generate electricity or hot water by harnessing the sun’s rays. These are popular with self-builders and renovators, because they offer an ecological, low-maintenance energy option. The set-up could cater for all your utility needs during the summer months, and even works on cloudy days. For pricing examples, the average British homeowner can expect to spend from £4,000 to £6,000 on PV panels and around the same for solar thermals.

‘The biggest costs can be at the installation stage, so look at ways to save on that,’ advises Oliver Savory, from the Solar Trade Association (0300 123 1234; solar-trade.org.uk). ‘For instance, if you put in solar panels while other work is going on, you only pay once for scaffolding.’

The latest versions come in aesthetically pleasing forms that sit flush with the roofline, or slate-look tiles, which are suitable for period properties. ‘Check that your supplier is accredited by the Renewable Energy Consumer Code [RECC] and that any system you buy meets the Microgeneration Certification Scheme [MCS] standards,’ says Savory. The latter will allow you to take advantage of government funding offered under the RHI and through the Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), which pays you for every kWh your house produces or exports to the grid. Although the rates have fallen since it was first set up, they’re still fairly attractive.