There are many green energy options available for your Bristol home. Whether you are having a new home built, involved in a self build project, renovating an older property or simply want to reduce your energy bills whilst helping out a struggling planet – read on.
Green energy basically means anything which comes from the natural resources like the wind, the rain, the sun, the tides and geothermal heat. All of these are infinite resources – they are completely renewable and they will never run out. It doesn’t matter how much of the energy you harness from the sun because it will not reduce its power one tiny bit.
There are a number of ways you can utilize green renewable energy to make your home more environmentally friendly. This will help to reduce the carbon footprint of your property which is great news for the environment as well as to reduce your energy bill which is great news for your pocket.
One of the most popular ways to make use of green energy Bristol is to install solar panels in your home. They can really make a big difference to your electricity expenses and help to reduce pollution too. Okay, you’re right, Bristol isn’t exactly on the Costa del Sol but you’ll be surprised at how efficient this type of system can be. Even the smallest glimmer of sunshine can be utilized.
Solar water heaters can be a great addition to any home and provide lashings of hot water all summer long which is absolutely free. It doesn’t take long to naturally recoup the necessary expenses for the installation of the solar water heater, particularly if you incorporate this type of system onto a new build or as part of a renovation project.
Rainwater harvesting systems are an extremely simple mechanism which collects the rainwater from the gutters and rooftops and stores it for non-potable use. This water can be used to water the garden, flush the toilets or for irrigation uses. Why let all of that valuable water run away and get wasted? Collect it and you will be doing another little bit to help the planet as well as your bank balance.
If your house isn’t properly insulated a large proportion of the money you spend to heat it will be literally disappearing outside. Check that your home is properly insulated and if not you should do something about it. A lot of heat can also be lost through windows so it goes without saying that you should have double glazed windows in your property.
Block up any drafts too, just to help keep your home cosy and warm in the winter time and stop the heat (and your money) from escaping.
These are just a few of the green energy options which are available in and around Bristol. Check out government schemes which may in place in your area which can actually help with the funding of these and many other green energy solutions for your property.
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