Across the globe there is a concerted campaign to find fuels that are renewable and reduce environmental impact. The incentives and technology to boost domestic access to renewable energy have increased rapidly in recent times. It means that the switch has never been easier.
However, like anything else that’s new and driven by technology, it can be confusing, especially as there is quite a bit of technical jargon associated with it.
This guide is designed to explain more about how homeowners can harness infinite energy sources such as the sun and air, to heat their properties.
Forms of domestic renewable energy
Some of the technologies developed to maximise the potential of renewable energy sources have been easy to adapt to domestic use. This is especially true of solar energy used for generating electricity or heating water.
You will have seen solar panels appearing on roofs and on freestanding structures in residential areas throughout the UK. It’s one of the most straightforward ways to incorporate renewable energy into your home.
Also increasingly common is low carbon, biomass heating systems, as they are also well suited to domestic use. This is a heating system that recycles and uses organic materials – such as animal waste – as fuel. Biomass systems can heat one room or a whole house.
Other forms of renewable energy technology are currently too costly and unwieldy to adapt for use within single homes – such as hydro or anaerobic digestion systems. However, globally they are being applied successfully to community living projects which incorporate a number of buildings, such as a new build village or a university campus. This particularly includes harnessing the power of wind or water.
Financial subsidy for domestic renewable energy
The Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive is designed to encourage more people to take advantage of the new options, systems and equipment. It was launched in 2014, to encourage greater use of renewable technologies in both new build projects and home renovations and adaptations.
It provides a financial subsidy for homeowners who want to install such equipment as solar thermal panels to generate heat in their property. The funding also covers biomass heating systems, plus air-to-water and ground-source heat pumps.
The Renewable Heat Incentive doesn’t just cover domestic homes. It also provides subsidies for renewable energy installation within factories, public buildings and other structures too.
Other reasons why domestic renewable energy use makes sense
Renewable sources provide homeowners with a cleaner source of energy. They produce less waste.
For many homeowners, once initial installation investment has been made, the running costs are substantially lower that fossil fuels. In the case of solar energy, renewable energy means never having to pay for heating again.
What homeowners should look out for
A lot of the technology associated with renewable energy is relatively new, and the regulation of this industry is potentially not keeping pace with the rapid rate of development. Coupled with the growing enthusiasm and excitement of UK homeowners, this in some cases has led to problems.
It is vitally important that any installations of renewable energy heating equipment is commissioned from trained and accredited contractors. Swift Renewables has based its expertise on keeping fully informed of all technological developments, but also its existing track record within the energy industry.
Launched in 1989, Swift has always gone beyond current industry regulation and standards – and even customer expectations. It has always supplied and installed air conditioning and ventilation products, radiant tube heaters and mechanical services which combine both energy efficiency and highly responsive customer care. Now it has vowed to offer the same high standards and affordability to homeowners who want to switch to renewable energy heating systems.
Because Swift is passionate about renewable energy, the company is happy to provide advice and no-obligation quotes anywhere in the UK.