Ground Source Heat Pumps

These systems consist of a loop of refrigerant placed underground connected to a pump. By taking advantage of the difference in surface and ground temperatures it is possible to heat the property during the winter and cool the property during the summer.

Unlike other renewable energy sources, Ground Source Heat Pumps require a residual energy supply to pump the refrigerant around the system.

The initial cost of implementing one of these systems can be high but once installed you can expect to save around 70% on heating costs.

If you have had one of these systems installed or are looking to do so we would like to hear from you.

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Hydro Power

Similar in operation to Wind Turbines, Hydro Turbines use running water sources to generate energy. The greater the volume of water passing through one of these systems the more power they generate.

Although large scale Hydro Electric Dams are expensive to set up and finding a suitable location can be tricky, once they are operational they provide a stable and pollution free energy source.

Mini and Micro Hydro Turbine systems are also available that can be used in both commercial and residential properties.

If you have any comments on Hydro power systems we would like to hear them.

Biomass fuels

Biomass Fuel is the renewable energy alternative to the traditional Fossil Fuels. By utilising waste and other renewable organic matter it is usually incinerated to produce energy.

There are other methods of processing biomass but the effects of these processes are still being researched.

What views do you have on Biomass fuels?

Wind power

By rotating blades connected to a turbine the wind can be used to generate electricity. Whilst currently providing only a small percentage of the world’s electricity the use of wind power has increased rapidly over the last few years.

With no pollution generated and next to no maintenance costs, wind power is predicted to be one of the worlds leading energy sources in the near future.

Solar power

Solar panel heating is one of the most efficient renewable energy technologies available and requires minimal maintenance.  For optimal performance the panels need to be fitted on a southeast to southwest facing roof to ensure as much sunlight is received as possible.

There are currently two types of solar panels available:

1) Hot Water Solar Panels

As the name suggests these panels use the sun’s energy to heat water in the panels then feed it to a hot water storage device. This water is then available to heat your property and provide hot water as required.

2) Photovoltaic Solar Panels

These panels convert solar energy into electricity. They cost more to install but can be connected to the National Grid allowing you to sell any surplus energy.

There are also a number of solar gadgets available including garden lights and battery chargers.

If you have any comments on solar power in the UK we would like to hear from you.

Alternative Energy Technologies

As well as reducing the amount of energy used in your home there are also methods to compliment and subsidise your gas and electricity consumption. These alternative energy technologies can be installed in your property and require no change to existing household appliances.

Home energy efficiency ratings will need to be produced for all property sales under new EU legislation commencing 2012. Making your home more energy-efficient now will not only save you money on bills now, it will also make your property more appealing when you come to sell.

Initial costs of implementing some of these systems can be high but various grants are available to encourage people to install them for long-term benefit.

What are your views on alternative energy products available in the UK today?