Energy Saving Week: A Beginner's Guide To Microgeneration

Posted by British Gas in Our World


Tuesday is microgeneration day in Energy Saving Week, so we thought we'd take a moment to explain the basics of what's involved, as well as the potential benefits it could have on your annual electricity bill.

Microgeneration refers to the practice of generating some or all of your own electricity or heating through renewable sources, rather than drawing the energy from the National Grid. This can take a number of different forms, but usually falls into two main categories: solar and wind.

Solar panels are often touted as the great green hope of energy microgeneration, but are they really that effective in the often grey and rainy UK? The answer is yes! Did you know, a typical 2.9kWp solar setup (this refers to the maximum amount of energy that can be created at any one time) could generate up to 75 per cent of your household energy needs? That would save 1.3 tonnes of carbon every year!

What's more, if your setup is eligible for the Feed-In Tariff (a government scheme that rewards you for generating your own power and feeding it back into the National Grid) it could even create savings and income of around £1190 per year! Not bad for something that just sits on your roof.

However, if you don't quite fancy opting for a full solar setup, why not look into fitting a wind turbine? While they will typically only generate 1kWp per turbine, they are simple to install and can still make a noticeable difference to your overall household electricity consumption.

So what do you think? Would you invest in a renewable microgeneration setup for your home?


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