A few years ago, anyone getting into going green was a source of amusement. Early adopters always get a bit of a hard time from those that do not understand the benefits. Thankfully, as the population has become more educated to fair trade practices and eco-friendly goods, they have also begun to learn about green technologies.
What Does It Mean To Go Green?
Going green can mean different things to different people. Some products might not seem very green right away.
Loft insulation, whether it is fibreglass or foam, is a good case in point. New improved insulation made out of materials that are better for the environment can reduce heat loss around the home by improving home insulation.
Newly manufactured appliances like cookers and fridge freezers, radiators and boilers, now use much less energy than they used to. It is possible to gradually replace old, inefficient appliances and make energy savings every month thereafter.
Renewable energy covers a range of new technologies like micro-wind from wind turbines to solar panels affixed to the roof of the home that generate electricity from the sunrays. New wind turbine technology has made it possible to generate power for single homes even with modest local wind speeds. Solar panels only catch about 15 percent of the sun rays which are then converted into electricity. This may not sound like much, but it actually is several times more efficient than plants that do the same thing.
Both technologies have come down in price as more businesses and consumers see the benefit of renewal energy resources, rather than relying on electricity power plants that burn coal, operate nuclear reactors or use natural gas to generate the power we need.
For property owners keen on the idea of energy conservation technologies, especially renewable energy sources, the Green Deal, a new green scheme from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, may have some appeal.
Green Deal provides for a survey of a property to assess what green changes are economically viable. Along with improved insulation and home appliance upgrades, the scheme also includes the opportunities to consider installing renewable energy in the home. This includes micro-wind, solar panels, and even solar blinds for the ultimate in cool home additions.
The Green Deal is set-up as a package. An advisor or assessor will come to the property to assess what upgrades might make the most sense. A provider can be selected and they may offer financing for the home improvements. The financing costs at least 7 percent per annum, but is billed directly through the utility bill, so it is simple to manage. Once a contractor is selected, they will begin implementing the agreed changes.
The contractors have all been certified as knowledgeable in green technologies. For renewable energy, it should be possible to find one that is highly experienced with renewable sources of energy and installing this technology for private residences.
The Green Deal is an intriguing new option for renewal energy enthusiasts who previously either did not know how to pay for a conversion or were not sure how to find a suitable, honest contractor to do the work.