We need to make big changes to the way we live if we are going to stand a chance of slowing down or even stopping the climate change crisis. There are many ways to do this, but one of the most important is reducing our reliance on fossil fuels when heating and powering our homes. This article summarizes the most popular green technologies on the market. However, before you decide to install any green technology in your home, it is important to seek the advice of a professional in the industry who can assess your home and lifestyle and recommend the most suitable solution.
Solar PV Panels
One of the most popular choices for homeowners is installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your roof. Solar PV panels contain cells that capture the natural energy from sunlight so that the system can convert it to electricity for your home. The electricity is free, which significantly reduces your energy costs, and there are zero emissions from the process, making it eco-friendly. In addition, solar panels can generate electricity even on cloudy days, and if you also install a battery, you can store the energy generated during the day for use at night. Your first step is to find a company that has SunPower solar panels for sale to request a survey to assess your home’s suitability.
Solar Thermal Panels
Solar thermal panels are also fitted to your property roof where they are exposed to natural sunlight, but instead of using the energy to generate electricity, they use it to produce hot water. The hot water can then be used to fill your radiators and/or to supply your taps and showers. Even if the panels do not produce enough hot water for all your needs, this reduces how much your boiler or electric heating system needs to work, reducing your energy bills and carbon emissions.
A biomass boiler works like a traditional gas or oil boiler in that it burns fuel to produce heat, but instead of burning fossil fuels, biomass boilers burn wood pellets or similar. This is often regarded as a carbon-neutral process as the burning wood only emits as much carbon as the tree absorbed while it was growing. However, biomass boilers require more space than traditional boilers because they have to accommodate the physical fuel and somewhere to store the fuel before it is used. The boiler also needs to be manually filled with the fuel (unless you pay extra for an automatic system) and emptied of ash regularly.
Heat pumps run on a small amount of electricity to extract latent heat from the natural environment. They then condense this heat to increase its temperature so it can heat water in a cylinder for your radiators and domestic use. For example, a ground source heat pump extracts heat from under the ground via tubes of fluid that are buried in your garden, whereas an air source heat pump extracts heat from the air.
Heat pumps are most efficient in the warmer months and work best when the system includes large radiators or underfloor heating. This is because their heat is not as hot as a traditional boiler, so a larger surface area is needed. It is also important that your home is well insulated to prevent heat loss and ensure the system is as efficient as possible.