How to generate your own energy for your business

It’s only natural that business owners want to know exactly what’s going on in every area of the company – from the real story on the latest figures to the truth behind the water cooler gossip. Why not take that one step further and start taking control of your organisation’s energy production?

Producing your own energy through microgeneration can help slash energy bills, cut that carbon footprint and make your organisation a more sustainable one, not to mention an industry leader. The great news is that the latest technology developments mean creating your own energy sources has never been easier.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels

It may be cold and grey outside but fear not, solar photovoltaic panels only need daylight, not sunlight to generate electricity and help reduce your bills. They work on buildings of all sizes (ideally on a wall that faces within 90 degrees south), and once installed, require very little maintenance. Your setup may also be 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 – win, win.

Solar thermal panels

These clever panels are usually fitted to the roof of a building where they absorb the sun’s rays. A heat transfer system then uses this energy to heat water, which can then be stored in a hot water cylinder until you need it. This way, no water is heated unnecessarily, helping you to keep your business gas prices  under control. They work throughout the year, but during winter, a boiler or immersion heater may be needed to give the heat an extra boost.

Biomass systems

If you’re worried about you business’s carbon footprint, think about wood-fuelled heating instead of burning fast-diminishing fossil fuels. You can either opt for a wood pellet boiler for central heating and hot water systems or a wood pellet stove to heat individual rooms. Either way, biomass systems can help to cut business gas bills. And, if you ensure that all trees are replanted they’re also a great carbon-neutral option.

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