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How can I reduce my bills with sustainable building solutions?

With energy prices continuing to soar we take a look at the best products designed to reduce energy bills.

  1. Solar PV – Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are the most widely adopted solution, because of the immense benefits they offer in reducing the amount of energy your house requires from the grid. Solar PV panels absorb photons created through the sun’s light, which is then converted into usable electricity for the home.
  2. Solar Thermal systems can provide an average of 50-70% of a household’s hot water annually and almost all of the hot water during the summer therefore reducing the need for traditional electric or gas fed boilers. Solar Thermal systems absorb heat from the atmosphere and in turn warm the solar fluid within the system. This fluid is then circulated into a twin coil cylinder, which in turn heats the water in the central heating system.
  3. Air Source Heat Pumps – This innovative bit of technology converts all air energy generated outside your house in to heat to warm up your home. Not only that, but it also reduces the cost of your heating bill by up to 50% compared to traditional heating systems, making them a popular choice for new builds.  They are not currently included in the government’s new renewable heat incentive, however it is expected that the technology will be introduced in to the scheme in the second phase, which will be available from October 2012.
  4. Rainwater Harvesters –  Capture rainwater that would otherwise be flushed directly into our drainage network, to be used instead for other jobs, which include flushing the toilets, feeding a washing machine or even watering your garden.
  5. Under floor Heating – The great thing about under floor heating is that it requires less energy than traditional heating systems, and the heat will be evenly distributed throughout the room, making the whole place warmer and generating a more comfortable indoor environment. This can help to dramatically save on heating bills, which will be helped further with the correct insulation.
  6. Ground Source Heat Pumps –The ground source heat pump uses solar energy in the soil, bedrock and ground water as a heat source, which is then transferred to the central heating system.

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