- What is Renewable Energy?
- What are the Advantages of running Renewable Energy Products?
- What are the two types of Renewable Energy?
- What are the UK’s Renewable Energy and Carbon Reduction Targets?
- What is my Carbon Footprint?
- Are there Government Tariffs?
- Is there a Target for Net Zero Carbon?
- Contact the Gregor Renewables team
What is Power?
Power is the rate at which an appliance draws energy, and is measured in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW). 1 kilowatt = 1000 watts.
Each of your appliances will have its power rating displayed on the bottom or rear of the device.
What is energy?
Energy is power multiplied by time. It is generally measured in kWh. Your electricity bill is charged per kWh plus standing charges.
For example, if your kettle is rated at 3kW and you used it continuously for 1 hour, then you would consume 3kWh, or if you used it for 20 minutes you would use 1kWh.
Renewable energy is energy generated from natural resources such as solar energy, wind power, hydro-electric power and tidal power.
Although the costs to install renewable energy technologies are greater than a fossil fuel equivalent, there are some benefits such as:
- Low running costs
- Energy security – not reliant on oil supplies
- Low maintenance costs
- Government grants and tariffs
- Zero Carbon emissions
- Protection from rising fossil fuel prices
- Convenience – e.g. I used to run out of oil on my oil boiler and had to ring around for prices and deliveries and then block my neighbours in when the oil delivery lorry came – not any more!
- Renewable heat
- Renewable electricity
The renewable generation of heat – rather than using fossil fuels. This heat can be captured by devices such as heat pumps, solar thermal technologies and biomass boilers.
The heat can be used to heat houses and businesses as well as for water heating. Generally in the UK we use more energy heating our homes than for electrical power itself.
Electricity can be generated by devices such as solar panels, wind turbines, tidal turbines and wave devices. The utilisation of these products is generally around 30-40 percent. But with the development of storage, this rate of utilisation can be improved considerably. The energy mix from the electricity we buy is going ‘greener’ over time as more installed capacity of solar, wind and tidal systems goes in, and fossil fuels such as coal reduce.
The UK has committed to renewable energy targets including 20% of all energy coming from renewable energy sources by 2020, and also a 34% reduction in carbon emissions on 1990 levels during the period 2018-2022, rising to 80% by 2050.
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Renewable heat has tariffs in the form of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
This tariff is for either domestic or commercial properties and payable over 7 or 20 years respectively. The tariff paid for domestic is based on your ‘deemed’ heat and calculated from your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The tariff paid for commercial is based on your metered heat for different buildings. Each property will have a MID-approved heat meter installed.
Unfortunately, the government ‘Feed-in Tariffs’ have now stopped, but the typical average cost to install solar panels is now approx. 75% cheaper than back in 2011, and the demand has brought production costs down.
Lately, councils and governments talk about net-zero carbon targets to combat climate change. Under the terms of a new government plan, the target for 2050 may be strengthened to net zero carbon emissions.
Our experts are here to help, and we will be happy to discuss all of this with you in detail, so don’t delay, call Gregor today on 0117 935 2400 and ask to speak to our renewables team!