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 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.
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?
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