Energy Sources

Fracking: Truly Sustainable?

By |2021-05-24T08:22:32+00:00April 17, 2013|Energy Sources|

Between being blamed for two Lancashire earth tremors in 2011, and making a surprise appearance in George Osborne's 2013 budget, the once little known term of 'fracking' has now firmly entered the language - and become one of the most hotly debated energy technologies in Britain today. Fracking fans point [...]

Energy and Water Saving in Bathroom Renovations

By |2021-05-24T08:22:42+00:00January 25, 2012|Energy Sources|

Many ‘green’ rules that apply to new build bathrooms don’t yet cover renovations, but you should still make sure that any bathroom make-over is a planet friendly one. If you are planning a major renovation – including replacement of the bathroom suite – then you need to look for low-water [...]

Generating Your Own Power: Government Schemes

By |2021-05-24T08:22:45+00:00March 9, 2010|Energy Sources|

Generating your own power has never made quite so much sense thanks to new government incentives. And if you’re planning a new build or renovation, then incorporating power generation into your design now makes sound financial – as well as environmental – sense. Under recently introduced schemes, people generating their [...]

Guide to Green Energy and the Rules That Apply in the UK

By |2021-05-24T08:22:43+00:00August 13, 2009|Energy Sources|

When domestic solar panels first became available in the UK, many families were keen to “green” their homes and save on electricity. Unfortunately, thousands were put off by the need to apply for planning permission from their local council before they could install the panels. Happily, this is no longer [...]

Wood Burning Stoves and Clean Air

By |2021-05-25T20:49:44+00:00August 19, 2008|Energy Sources|

Wood burning stoves are enjoying a huge surge in popularity of late as more and more householders seek out eco-friendly heating options – and with the price of gas, oil and electricity increasing, the growing interest seems unlikely to be about to end anytime soon. For all their advantages – [...]

Small Scale Hydro Electric Power

By |2021-05-25T20:49:44+00:00August 19, 2008|Energy Sources|

Improvements in small power generating technology have begun to make hydro electric power look an increasingly attractive option for relatively small-scale projects. Like the more familiar large hydro electric power plants which have been in operation for many years around the world, small scale systems use moving water to drive [...]

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

By |2021-05-25T20:49:44+00:00August 18, 2008|Energy Sources|

If you’re looking to make some energy savings and reduce your carbon footprint, combined heat and power (CHP) is one approach you might want to consider – especially if it’s time to replace an ageing boiler. With the promise of generating your own electricity alongside keeping your house warm and [...]

Exporting Electricity to the Grid

By |2021-05-25T20:49:44+00:00August 12, 2008|Energy Sources|

For many people contemplating producing their own electricity supply by micro-generation, part of the attraction is the possibility of exporting any surplus to the national grid. Whether you’re planning on installing a wind turbine or adding photovoltaic solar panels to your roof, if you have an existing grid connection, it [...]

Understanding Battery Power

By |2021-05-25T20:49:45+00:00August 11, 2008|Energy Sources|

More than 95 per cent of off-grid renewable energy electricity supply systems use some form of lead-acid battery to store the power they generate – but despite their importance, the whole issue of batteries is generally little understood. However, getting to grips with the basics of battery power is not [...]

Community Energy Schemes

By |2021-05-25T20:49:45+00:00August 11, 2008|Energy Sources|

Working together as a community to implement an energy project offers enormous benefits – to the participants every bit as much as the environment. Whether it’s energy saving schemes, green awareness programmes or a drive to promote renewable energy, there’s a clear case for saying, the more the merrier! Waste [...]

What is Micro-Generation?

By |2021-05-25T20:49:44+00:00August 11, 2008|Energy Sources|

Micro-generation is the production of heat and power by individuals or communities – typically by renewable energy – enabling them to meet their own requirements at, or approaching, zero-carbon cost.As an approach, it has much to recommend it, both in terms of its energy efficiency – generation takes place at [...]

Solar PhotoVoltaic Electricity Projects

By |2021-05-25T20:49:45+00:00August 11, 2008|Energy Sources|

Solar photovoltaic – or PV – is probably one of the most familiar types of renewable energy technology, generating electricity from light which can either be stored in batteries or fed into the national grid. As a result, although PV solar panel systems are often seen as an ideal way [...]

How Solar Water Heating Works

By |2021-05-25T20:49:45+00:00August 8, 2008|Energy Sources|

Installing solar panels to heat water offers a relatively cheap way to benefit from solar power, with installations typically costing very considerably less than the alternative approach of generating electricity by photovoltaic systems. Able to make a major contribution to meeting the hot water demands of an average UK household [...]

What Are Photovoltaics?

By |2021-05-24T08:22:38+00:00September 21, 2007|Energy Sources|

Photovoltaics are cells made from glass and steel that convert light into electricity. Inside the core of the cell are components known as photodiodes, which feed the incoming solar rays into semiconductors, which react with the sunlight, thus converting to electricity. This is an extremely effective way of harnessing power [...]

Alternative Types Of Energy Sources

By |2021-05-24T08:22:42+00:00November 21, 2006|Energy Sources|

The need to find new types of renewable energy is urgent - oil reserves are running out, and quickly. The lifestyles that we in the Western world have developed as a result of seemingly plentiful energy resources either have to dramatically change or we need alternative sources to produce the [...]

The Problem With Fossil Fuels

By |2021-05-24T08:22:23+00:00November 16, 2006|Energy Sources|

The debate about the use of fossil fuels has reached a heightened pitch, with environmental campaigners, scientists, politicians, representatives of the fossil-fuel companies, such as Bp, Shell, and Esso, all pitching in with their arguments. The general public often gets lost in the midst of all this frenzied, passionate debate, [...]

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