TREND ALERT: RENEWABLE ENERGY
July 26th 2017
Homeowners are more environmentally aware than ever and want to know where their energy comes from. While some on-grid customers are turning to eco-energy providers such as Solarplicity to power their homes, others are taking matters into their own hands by installing their own environmentally-friendly solutions.
Did you know half of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources last summer? Here’s how you can get in on the trend.
Daylight means power
Solar panels can be spotted on houses across the UK; if your customers are thinking about renewables, this is probably where they’re going to start.
When it comes to choosing which solar panels to install, there are two types, and both will help your customers save on their bills. There’s PV, which converts sunlight into electricity via an inverter, and thermal, which uses the sun’s energy to produce hot water.
The UK isn’t the sunniest place on the planet, but solar panels are all about daylight, not hours of sunshine. If your customers have a south-facing roof, that’s the perfect place to fit the panels. If not, south-west or west-facing roofs do the trick, too!
With new rules to make it easier for people creating their own power due to come into effect over the next year, there’s even more reason for customers to think about solar.
Get down to earth
Your customers might not know much about ground source heat pumps, but they’re a good option to recommend - especially if they have a good-sized garden. The pumps extract heat from the ground with pipes filled with water and antifreeze. The liquid goes around a loop of pipe, called a ground loop, which is buried in the garden. This can be used to heat hot water, radiators or underfloor heating.
Ground source heat pumps work all-year round, as the ground stays at a fairly constant temperature under the surface.
If your customers are happy for the loop to be installed, and want something which doesn’t need much work or fuel storage, a ground source heat pump is a good shout.
It’s all hot air
Another good suggestion, especially for off-grid customers, is air source heat pumps. They live on the ground outside or on a sunny wall and take in heat from outside air. This can then be used to heat hot water, radiators or underfloor heating. They can work all-year round, even when temperatures are down to -15°C!
There’s plenty of air for them to use and they can help reduce your customers’ bills. With a lower carbon footprint and a long lifespan, air source heat pumps are ideal for anyone interested in renewables.