Renewable Energy

Getting started with renewables

Home renewables and low-carbon microgeneration, such as micro-CHP, help us all to protect the environment and to economize. Low-carbon technologies, such as solar panels, wind turbines and biomass boilers, allow you to generate your own energy, save money and reduce your carbon footprint in the process. Also, with government financial incentives available, it has never been a better time to go green. Find out more now!

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy does not simply cover the use of solar panels and wind turbines. It means energy from any source that is naturally replenished after its use. Often called ‘renewables’, ‘green energy’, ‘sustainable energy’ or ‘microgeneration’, the main sources of renewable energy for the home are:

• sunlight energy
• plants grown for fuel (biomass or biofuels)
• heat from the earth, the air or water sources
• the movement of water (known as hydro) and wind.
• waste

Various technologies are available for use to generate electricity or heat.

Why use renewables?

Some beneficial reasons to use renewables include:

• making use of secure, local resources
• helping to keep the air clean
• reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy
• creating new jobs in renewable energy industries
• helping to reduce emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
• saving and even earning money.