Generate Your Own Energy
Find out more about some of the ways in which you can generate your own heat and electricity, thus cutting your energy bills as well as your carbon footprint. Avoiding energy wastage by insulating the building, but after you have done this, these are the main technologies you might want to consider:
- Air Source Heat Pumps
- Ground Source Heat Pumps
- Heat Recovery
- Solar Water Heating
- Solar Electricity
- Wind Turbines
- Wood stoves and boilers (Biomass)
The Clean Energy Cash-back (Feed In Tariffs) You can be paid for the electricity you generate, even if you use it yourself, and for any surplus electricity you export to the grid. You'll also save money on your electricity bill, because you will be using your own electricity.
Also find out how the cost of switching your home heating to renewable energy is supported by the The Renewable Heat Incentive RHI scheme. This Domestic RHI Calculator can help to find out what payments you could make from installing a renewable heating system. If you need to look up your home Energy Performance Certificate, there's a good chance a historic one will already exist here.
Confused as to who you can trust?
Then consider using Suffolk County Council's Trusted Trader Scheme to find a Trading Standards approved, Suffolk based company, to undertake the work. For further advice on greening your building, both at home and at work.
Approved Microgeneration Installers
In order to be eligible for many microgeneration grants, you need to use a certified installer. A number of bodies can accredit an installer, but the standard is ultimately set by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Many other installers are available, but you can search for installers listed under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme here. A comprehensive list of approved local installers is also available on request by calling the Suffolk Climate & Energy Helpline on 0800 02 88 938.
Renewable & Low Carbon Energy Capacity Study 2011
On a larger scale, this study provides a regional assessment for the East of England at a local authority level of the potential for the generation of renewable and low carbon energy. It is intended to assist regional stakeholders, including communities and local authorities, to prepare their own strategies, policies and targets to meet the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008 and to assist in addressing the UK energy crisis that is causing communities and businesses to be affected by rising energy prices.
As explained in this simple guide, the development of local renewable and low carbon energy sources is key to addressing the challenges of:
- Rising global energy prices
- Increasing fuel poverty
- Binding carbon emissions targets
- Increasing energy demand from new and existing development