Solar Panels

Solar panels

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels create electricity from the sun that can power household appliances and lighting. PV requires daylight – not necessarily direct sunlight – to generate energy. How it works Solar panels are typically attached to the roof of a home, although they can be integrated into the roof instead. When light shines on […]

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Solar Thermal

Solar thermal

Solar water heating systems use heat energy from the sun to work alongside your conventional water heater. The technology is well developed and an effective means of using solar energy in the UK. How it works There are two main types of commercially available systems: Flat plate collectors. These have an absorber plate with a […]

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Biomass

Biomass heating systems burn organic matter, such as wood, to create energy. Several types of systems can be found in homes, some of which provide heat to a single room and others power central heating and hot water boilers. How it works Domestic biomass heating systems typically burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide […]

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Wind Turbines

Wind turbines generate electricity from wind. Aerodynamic blades are turned through the force of wind, driving a rotor that creates electricity. The stronger the wind, the more electricity is generated. How it works Wind turbines use large blades to catch wind. When the wind blows, the blades rotate causing direct current (DC) electricity to be […]

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Wood burning and the environment

We know that many people have chosen wood burners for environmental reasons, and we know they are cosy and nostalgic, but we want to make sure everyone is aware of the pollution and health impact, and the best practice for avoiding and reducing that.  Wood burning is considered a carbon neutral heating source, because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow which neutralises the carbon dioxide […]

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Burning better

Use efficient appliances, such as DEFRA exempt, EU Ecodesign 2022 or ClearSkies mark, and service and clean them regularly. ‘Burn Right‘ in your appliance, including not shutting off air or allowing the temperature to drop. Types of appliance Particulate matter pollution from domestic heating options: More polluting  Open fire Non-DEFRA exempt stove DEFRA exempt stove […]

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Burning cleaner

Use cleaner fuels on your stove and open fires, such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned ‘ready to burn’ wood with low moisture content. Ready to Burn regulations Since 1st May 2021 new laws apply to the sale of coal, wood and manufactured solid fuels. The government are phasing out two of the most polluting fuels, traditional house […]

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