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Five Ways to Make Renewable Energy Work for You at Home

16 Jun 13:00 by Steve Walia

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If you're keen to invest in renewable energy, there are plenty of ways to support the sustainable power revolution. Here are some ideas to get you started.

1. Switch Your Tariff to a Green Energy One

Either contact your current energy provider for details or use a comparison site to find the best-priced switch and look for specific green energy tariffs. These produce energy using solar, wind and other renewable sources which are then made available to consumers. They can be a little more expensive to consumers, but the margin is decreasing all the time.

2. Directly Invest in Solar

You could invest in a solar PV system in your own home - either to completely produce your energy needs or to supplement them. Prices have fallen so much that these systems can now be quite affordable. Go to the Energy Trust website to find out more and to book an appointment with a microgeneration energy installer, who can advise on the suitability of your home.

3. Warm Your Home the Green Way

Systems such as solar power and ground- and air-source heat pumps can heat the water that you need to shower, do the laundry, run the dishwasher or heat your home. Again, there are various systems available. The beauty of ground- and air-source heat pumps is that they are 'fit and forget' technologies that need little maintenance and work very well with underfloor heating. 

4. Put Your Money Where Your Values Are

If you are looking for investment sources for your money - perhaps for long-term savings or your pension - you will find that there are ethical and sustainable investment funds out there.

What other tips would you recommend for making renewables work for you?