Renewable Energy Systems For Your Home

Renewable Energy Systems For Your Home

 

Planning for a home renewable energy system is a process that includes analyzing your existing electricity use, looking at building requirements, deciding if you want to operate your system on or off of the electric grid, and understanding renewable energy technology options you have for your property.

 

Planning For A Domestic Renewable Energy System

 

Maybe you are considering purchasing a renewable energy system to generate electricity at your home. Although it takes time and money to research, buy, and maintain a system, many people enjoy the independence they gain and the knowledge that their actions are helping the environment.

 

If you're designing a new home, work with the builder and get in touch with us to incorporate your renewable energy system into your whole-house design, an approach for building an energy-efficient home.

 

Requirements For A Renewable Energy System

 

Calculating your electricity needs is the first step in the process of investigating renewable energy systems for your home or small business. A thorough examination of your electricity needs will help you determine the following:

 

  • The size (and therefore, cost) of the system you will need.
  • How your energy needs fluctuate throughout the day and over the year.
  • Measures you can take to reduce your electricity use.

 

Calculating For A Renewable Energy System

 

Conducting a load analysis involves recording the wattage and average daily use of all of the electrical devices that are plugged into your central power source such as refrigerators, lights, televisions, and power tools. Some loads, like your refrigerator, use electricity all the time, while others, like power tools, use electricity intermittently. Loads that use electricity intermittently are often referred to as selectable loads. If you are willing to use your selectable loads only when you have extra power available, you may be able to install a smaller renewable energy system.

 

To determine your total electricity consumption multiply the wattage of each appliance by the number of hours it is used each day (be sure to take seasonal variations into account). Some appliances do not give the wattage, so you may have to calculate the wattage by multiplying the amperes times the volts. Generally, power use data can be found on a sticker, metal plate, or cord attached to the appliance.

 

Saving Money With Renewable Technology At Home

 

Considering energy efficiency measures in your home before you buy your renewable energy system will reduce your electricity use and allow you to buy a smaller and less expensive system. For information about determining the overall energy efficiency of your home get in touch for a free energy assessment.

 

Installing A Renewable Energy System

 

Each community has its own set of codes and regulations that you will need to follow to add a small renewable energy system to your home or small business. These regulations can affect the type of renewable energy system you are allowed to install and who installs it. They can also affect whether you decide to connect your system to the electricity grid or use it in place of grid-supplied electricity as a stand-alone system. Get in touch so that we can help you understand and navigate through any regulatory requirements for building or land development.

 

Choose Your Renewable System

 

Some people connect their systems to the grid and use them to reduce the amount of conventional power supplied to them through the grid. A grid-connected system allows you to sell any excess power you produce back to your power provider.

 

On-grid

 

For grid-connected systems, aside from the major small renewable energy system components, you will need to purchase some additional equipment (called " balance-of-system") to safely transmit electricity to your loads and comply with your power provider's grid-connection requirements. This equipment may include power conditioning equipment, safety equipment, and meters and instrumentation.

 

Off-Grid

 

Other people, especially those in remote areas, use the electricity from their systems in place of electricity supplied to them by power providers (i.e., electric utilities). These are called stand-alone (off-grid) systems. For stand-alone systems, balance of-system components include batteries and a charge controller in addition to power conditioning equipment, safety equipment, and meters and instrumentation.

 

Types of Renewable Energy Systems

 

To begin choosing the right small renewable electric system for your home, you will need a basic understanding of how each technology works, as well as the basic installation and maintenance considerations.

 

Remember that all of these technologies can be used by themselves, combined, or used in conjunction with a fossil fuel system. When these technologies are combined or used with a fossil fuel generator, the result is a hybrid system.

 

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The drive for energy efficiency in Scotland is just as prevalent in commercial property as it is in domestic property. The owners of domestic and commercial property are increasingly seeking our advice for new renewable energy installations in Glasgow & Edinburgh as part of their requirement for  savings in their energy consumption.