An Update on Solar

The simple answer is that the energy from the sun and light gets transformed by the solar panel into electrical energy. The way people and businesses use solar energy to their advantages is growing by leaps and bounds. Solar Energy for Businesses: Large solar projects-Businesses have discovered that they have an untapped resource. Their roof tops and the sides of the buildings that they occupy have become a potential income source. Solar energy panels are showing up on business rooftops and the sides of buildings now. The economy of recent years has caused many businesses to rethink their expenses and assets. Solar technology has been able to help businesses reduce their energy costs.

Additional source of income- A business that produces more energy than it needs simply sells the energy back to the power company for an extra income stream. Businesses or maybe I should say power plants, are springing up where there were none before. Think about this; if you have a large roof or field and you install some solar panels you now have a small business or an electric company depending on the size of your solar array. Jobs Creation: New companies that maintain the solar panels create new jobs.

Taxes credits- Recent year’s tax incentives have really helped push renewable energies like solar to the front of business owner’s minds. Solar panels efficiency has greatly improved from the ’70s panels which were around 7%. Most solar photovoltaic panels are around 20%. The price of the panels has come down in recent years as well. Given these recent developments most roof tops are wasted space and what business can afford waste?

Marketing Boost-Companies have increased their market share when they label their products as being made with an alternative energy like wind and solar energy. Many people purchase products that use renewable energy over those that don’t. Using solar energy makes sense for companies when it comes to lighting solutions as well. Using green solar energy on things like street lights in the parking lots and to light up their signs makes sense. Signs and parking lots get plenty of sun. The Benefits of Solar Power for Homeowners and Consumers: Renewable power is turning homes everywhere into power sources.

How to Create An Energy Efficient Homes

Making substantial improvements in energy efficiency will save home owners money in the long run and help him make energy efficient homes. By improving the efficiency of homes we can significantly lower our carbon footprint. The following are a few examples of home improvements that will help increase the value of your home and save you money on utility costs. Seal leaky duct work systems to reduce wasting energy. This will also make the home more healthy by eliminating dirty air being pulled into the house. Bring your attic insulation up to modern-day standards.

Most attics do not have enough insulation and is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Ceiling fans help reduce your home’s dependence on air conditioning during the summer months and, in the winter you can use the fan to help push heat down from the ceiling. Use a programmable thermostat to reduce your energy costs by regulating the temperature in your home based on peak usage. In other words, your thermostat can keep lower the temperature during hours when the home is not occupied and pump it up while the family is gathered at home.

Many energy efficiency improvements are very cost effective. And you should consider them so that you can live in an energy efficient home. But there are some measures that are completely free and all they require is a slight change of your daily routine. Changing daily habits will provide a dramatic decrease in energy costs and make energy efficient homes a reality. Here are a few examples of energy-saving habits that can make a huge difference.Showers require less hot water than baths and taking a shorter shower saves both water and energy. Water-saving showerheads are easy to install and can help save money also. Use your washer/dryer, oven, dishwasher and other large appliances in the morning or the evening. Do not waste water with small and medium wash loads, rather try to run large wash loads. Clear your lint filter with every dryer run. Hang dry your clothes in the summer. Turn off all electronic devices when not in use. Look up “phantom loads” for more information.

Vital Factors For Green Energy

Not all of us have the luxury of living in parts of the UK where gas is easily available. While it is true that gas is currently the most efficient and cheapest form of energy for heating the home, many of us rely on electricity and perhaps supplement this with oil. For these people choosing the right energy supplier is crucial, both in terms of getting the best deal financially, but also for making sure that carbon emissions are kept to a minimum. Electrical heaters such as radiators are a great alternative or additional source of heating for most homes and if you happen to be on a green tariff with your energy supplier you will also be helping with reducing carbon emissions. It is a win win situation. So what green energy tariffs are available and how do you ensure that yours is truly green and worth the extra effort?

How does it work? Green energy suppliers purchase energy which is carbon free or carbon neutral and sell it on to their customers using a green tariff. Examples of this energy may be wind turbines, solar power, hydroelectric, biomass or nuclear. In the UK these sources of electricity account for around 7% of all available energy, but this figure is steadily rising. The government is also behind this move towards renewable forms of energy and has set a target of 30% of the UK’s electricity needs coming from renewable sources by 2020.

Energy companies need to adhere to the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme which is designed to ensure that customers are not being mis-sold when it comes to greener energy options. This means that the tariffs are independently checked and that they meet green energy supply guidelines as laid out by Ofgem. They must also show that they have purchased enough renewable energy to supply all of their green tariff customers. Energy suppliers can meet the Ofgem guidelines by also either off-setting their own carbon production, providing energy saving measures for their customers such as insulation or investing into a green fund used on community buildings.

The down side-This all sounds great, but it is worth noting that while the energy supplier may be selling renewable energy to you, they could be reducing the amount which is available to other customers at the same time. The overall mix of energy does not change. The energy companies are expected to produce a certain percentage of energy from renewable sources, however some will agree to do more than this and sell it at a special “renewable” rate to their green customers. In the UK there are no suppliers who provide 100% green electricity.