Category Archives: Renewable energy

Section that logs the experience and history of installing renewable energy sources at our home. Will keep a weekly log of energy generated and weather.

Is solar power for your home still worth thinking about?

So ran and advertisement feature in my local paper. Based on the proposed and much argued 21p/kWh I think it’s a close run thing. Why? Although the cost of installation has come down the margin for error and failure of any … Continue reading

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Which type of PV panel should we use?

There are three types of panels:- Monocrystalline  efficiency: 13-17%  space needed / Kw  6 – 8 sq m Polycrystalline    efficiency: 11-15%  space needed / Kw  7 – 9 sq m               Hybrid                  efficiency: 17%        space needed / Kw  5-6 sq m … Continue reading

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Solar Thermal do the numbers work?

We’ve had the Solar Thermal (ST) system in for 5 months and I’ve tried to get a view on the energy saved. We use a conventional (non-condensing) gas boiler to heat our water and by definition it’s not very efficient. … Continue reading

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A picture of the solar panels on our roof

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So how much could you save on your electricity bill?

There has been some discussion on the savings made on household electricity bills. How about tackling this from another point of view. What is the most you could save if you could use all the energy generated? So here is my go … Continue reading

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Solar PV companies, just double glazing rebadged?

You could be forgiven for thinking that you have met these guys before.  It does seem that many, well at least the few I saw, do fall into the double-glazing salesman category. Their knowledge was  questionable. Even with the company … Continue reading

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Show us the money?

This weekend we got our first payment of just under £650 for the first 5 months of energy generation. At the same time the Energy Savings Trust have suggested we will only save 25% on our bills not the 50% previously … Continue reading

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