Welcome to Energy Measures
Energy-Measures.com is dedicated to providing online advice to home owners, students and businesses on today’s energy saving measures.
With the recent economic downturn and global warming a rising issue every year, the need to use renewable and cost effective energy measures are ever increasing as more and more people are looking at alternative energy sources to power their homes or businesses.
This site has been set up in an attempt to educate visitors on the importance of providing renewable energy measures, with practical information to identify the benefits and costs associated with each scheme.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy may be defined as "energy generated from natural resources which are infinite, sustainable and everlasting". They are replaceable and can be continually replenished on an indefinite basis for the foreseeable immediate future.
There are many different forms of renewable energy sources and technologies which will be discussed in more detail within this site. These include:
- Solar Panels - Thermal, Photovoltaic
- CHP (Combined Heat and Power) - Stirling engine, Fuel cells
- Wind Turbines - HAWT's, VAWT's, Micro turbines
- Heat Pumps - Ground Source and Air Source heat pumps
- Water Conservation - Rainwater Recovery tanks, Greywater systems
- Green Roofs - Intensive, Extensive types
Renewable energy technology may be incorporated into the home through adoption of a number of strategies, and their use is dependant on their financial viability; which is explored within each section, as detailed above.
Choosing the most suitable renewable energy source for your home is not straightforward, and requires careful thought, with the most influential factors being financial viability and practicality. If the renewable scheme can fit these parameters, their choice may be reasonably justified.
Aside from the major forms listed above, a number of innocuous strategies may be taken for those on a tight budget, or have limited funds, these include for example, simply insulating your home, a basic techniques adopted within the Passivhaus standard.
There is a great deal of scope for improvements for the majority of homes, with minimal expenditure. Please look at Simple Energy Measures for more information.
Most of the renewable energy technologies/sources detailed are not new and have been around for years, however, their practicalities are slowly improving, due to higher efficiencies, lower prices, and greater demands due to an increasingly environmentally conscious society.
Why choose Renewable Energy?
The average British household regularly spends approximately £1,292 a year on energy within the home. This is up 42% or £380 from the previous year; consequently there has never been a greater financial incentive to provide energy saving measures within the home.
In addition, through use of renewable energy sources, will make you an enviable, environmentally conscious homeowner to your peers.
New energy measures are also increasingly being encouraged by the Government, aligned with the targets of achieving ‘Carbon Zero’ thus there is a readily available finance to supplement ‘green’ initiatives to upgrade your home.
What energy sources are considered renewable?
The Sun (Solar Energy) - Energy sources from the sun can be utilized to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industry, using energy technologies such as solar panels. The sun is approximately 4,500,000,000 (four and a half billion) years old and it’s expected to continue to burn for at least a few more billion years, hence an infinite, renewable energy source.
The Wind (Wind Energy) – Again the energy source, wind, can be considered renewable due to the fact that the wind is caused by the sun and the movement of our earth. As long as our planet keeps on spinning and the sun continues to burn our planet will always be windy, giving us an excellent renewable energy source to utilise.
Take a look around our website or check out our renewable energy articles for more information on energy sources we can continually replenish and to find out how renewable technologies can utilise the worlds free energy.