There’s been a huge increase in recent years on the drive for using renewable energy sources. One of the ways you can look to do this is by heating your home using renewable energy.

Not to mention the increasing prices of gas and electricity, now could be the best time to switch to renewable heating.

What is Renewable Energy?

Renewable energy is power that is generated from natural sources.

  • Wind
  • Sun
  • Water
  • Biomass

The term renewable is used because the source is naturally replenished.

 

How Can Renewable Energy be Used to Heat your Home?

Solar

By installing solar panels on the roof of your home, you are harnessing the power of sunlight to heat hot water.

They are typically cheaper to install than other renewable energy systems but can only be used to heat water. That means you’ll need another source of energy to heat your home.

Here you can find more information on solar panels.

 

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps, whether air source or ground source, use naturally occurring warm air or heat in the ground to produce power. This power is then used to heat your home.

However, they do still require electricity to work but will typically cost less to run than traditional heating systems.

This solution could work well with solar panels.

 

Biomass Heating Systems

Biomass is not a completely renewable option but it is still very low carbon. They include things like wood burners.

While they are great for heating the home, they cannot be control like a central heating system, meaning there is just one set temperature!

However, it could save you up to £700 a year compared to an old electric heating system.

 

Hydroelectric

This is a great option if your home is close to a natural water source such as a river or lake.

There are small scale hydroelectric plants available that will be able to generate enough electricity to power your home.

 

Which Renewable Energy Source Should I Choose?

The first thing you’ll need to do is consider what is possible for your home. For example, if your home is quite shaded, or not south facing it’s unlikely it would be suitable for solar panels. Similarly, if you have limited outdoor space a heat pump won’t be possible.

You’ll also need to think about what you hope to achieve by switching to renewable energy. For most homeowners it’s the aim to reduce their costs and carbon emissions.

The different options will also vary in upfront costs so, consider how much you’re willing to invest initially.

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