Energy Saving and Renewables Blog

Price Freeze Speculation and Fixed Price Energy Promotions

Energy companies are queuing up to cash in on the announcement by the leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband that the party would freeze energy bills if they were elected and using it to promote their fixed price deals. Continue reading

She Should Have Gone For Solar Panels

Home energy projects come in all shapes and sizes but this lady’s neighbours would prefer if she’d contacted a solar panel installer instead. Continue reading

An Introduction to Solar Thermal – Solar Heating

Solar thermal is a popular choice for many householders. Unlike solar photovoltaics, solar thermal does not produce electricity. The panels are designed to warm water which can be used to supply hot water to the home or even to heat water for swimming pools or small central heating systems. Continue reading

I Think We’ve Just Been FRACKED!

Ethel and Vera experience the recent off-shore earthquake and ponder their concerns over fracking. Continue reading

How Do Solar Panels Work?

So we all know we can pop some photovoltaic (PV) panels up on our roof and they will somehow convert the energy from the sun into useable electricity for our homes, but how do solar panels actually work? Continue reading

Energy Storage Projects Finally Taking Off

In just the last six months there have been 38 new energy storage projects announced or started. These projects are now part of more than 600 worldwide projects designed to advance energy storage technologies. Continue reading

What to Expect From the Domestic RHI? [infographic]

On July 12th, 2013 the government announced details of the proposed domestic RHI. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme to incentivise the move to renewable energy sources for heating. The RHI has been in place since 2011 … Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, April – June 2013

June 2013 saw installations under the Feed in Tariff scheme reach 398,188 and a total installed capacity of 1918.15 MW. This report analyses Feed in Tariff data on confirmed installations for April 2013 to June 2013. Continue reading

Tips for Choosing a Solar Panel Installer

When you’ve decided to invest in solar panels, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the best people on the job. Here are some tips to help you choose the best solar installer for your project. Continue reading

New RHI Tariffs Finally Revealed

After a number of delays due to the consultation process, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has finally announced the tariffs for domestic users of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which will be available from the spring of … Continue reading

FIT and the Green Deal for Solar PV installations

With so much in the press about the Feed in Tariff (FIT) as well as the Green Deal, many are perplexed by exactly what is available, and how these two schemes can work together for their benefit. This overview of the schemes is designed to demystify the relationship between the two. It outlines how the householder can use both FIT and Green Deal to help maximise the benefits they get from their solar installation. Continue reading

Introduction to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (RHPP)

As the domestic market awaits the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), many are unaware that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP) offers financial assistance right now for renewable heat technologies. Continue reading

UK Feed in Tariff [infographic]

This infographic gives a great visual summary of the story so far, after 3 years of the UK Feed in Tariff scheme. Continue reading

Renewable Heat Premium Payments Increase

The government has announced this week that the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme will be doubling (in many cases) the amount offered to householders who purchase renewable sources of heat. However, to be eligible, the householder will need to … Continue reading

Select Committee Reveals Verdict on Green Deal

A new report which has been released this week by the Energy and Climate Change select committee has suggested that the government is taking too long to show evidence of how the Green Deal will improve the energy efficiency of … Continue reading

See the Wood for the Trees – Biomass Explained

Biomass is a big buzz word in the low carbon heating market right now. Here we aim to give an overview of what biomass is all about, as well as the typical benefits householders can gain from this technology. Continue reading

UK Solar Feed in Tariff Rate Changes July 2013

Solar Feed in Tariff rates are to change from July 1st. The new solar Feed in Tariff rates will take effect from July 1st and run until the 30th of September. Rates for larger scale installations (over 50 kW) remain unchanged having reduced in the last round. FIT rates for solar installations under 50 kW will see reductions of around 3.5%. Continue reading

FIT Installation Update, January – March 2013

The first quarter of 2013 saw installations under the Feed in Tariff scheme reach 379,511 and 1,792.32 MW of installed renewable capacity.  Between January and March 2013 there were 21,255 installations and 137.51 MW added under the scheme. Growth in … Continue reading

FIT Data Analysis April 2010 to March 2013

The Feed in Tariff scheme was introduced on April 1 2010 as a support for small scale renewable electricity generation. The scheme is open to both domestic and business users and covers technologies such as Solar PV, Wind, Hydro, CHP … Continue reading

Impact of Climate Policies on Energy Bills [infographic]

UK climate and energy policies are helping to reduce our household energy bills. This graffic shows the expected costs from various climate and energy policies, the savings they create and their effects on our average energy bills. Continue reading

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