By Fella, Lee
12/06/2013 09:59:10

Key benefits of using renewable energy

Households across the UK and beyond are waking up to the benefits of utilising renewable energy sources to help power their homes, and with government initiatives such as the Green Deal helping to fund energy-efficient improvements, drawing upon renewable energy resources has never been easier.

Here are just some of benefits of using renewable energy:

Renewable energy not subject to price fluctuations

While the price of fossil fuels can go up and down depending on what is happening in the wider market, renewable energy has no direct cost, apart from the initial installation and upkeep of renewable energy technology. This gives you greater control of your energy costs.

Reduce reliance on non-renewable energy

Although non-renewable energy sources, such as home heating oil, will probably be used in tandem with renewable energy sources until renewable energy use becomes more widespread, using renewable energy means you can reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy. This provides both financial and environmental benefits.

Secure energy supply

While fossil fuels are a finite energy sourcethat will run out one day, as renewable energy occurs naturally it will stand as a continuing supply of energy for the years to come.

Reduce your carbon footprint

By utilising renewable energy sources you will help to reduce the amount of greenhouses and carbon dioxide that are emitted into the atmosphere, normally as a result of burning fossil fuels, and in turn reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Saving and earning money

As well as reducing your annual energy bills, using renewable energy can help to earn you money through the government’s Feed-in-Tariff scheme. This pays you money for any excess energy created by electricity-generating technology, such as solar PV or wind turbines, which gets fed back into the National Grid.

The government is also set to introduce the domestic part of its Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by spring 2014, which provides financial incentives to encourage the uptake of renewable technology.

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