We encourage sustainable choices for our clients and all our electricians have received Eco Smart training. Let us help you be more environmentally friendly and save money. The way towards sustainable use of electricity involves three main steps: Reduce, Replace, Generate. Reduce the amount of energy used, replace old inefficient appliances, and then cover the remaining need with renewable electricity generated on a small scale.

 

STEP ONE: REDUCE

Reducing energy consumption is cheaper than generating it. Efforts undertaken to reduce the need for electricity are the most cost effective way of moving towards a more sustainable way of living. To achieve this goal a number of design criteria need to be looked at when designing houses and buildings:

Space heating in winter: high level of insulation, use of solar gains, provision of thermal mass, reduced thermal bridging, heat exchange ventilation, reduced draughts.

Space cooling in summer: shading devices, provision of thermal mass, use of passive ventilation.

Lighting: increased natural lighting, efficient light technologies i.e. LED and fluorescent bulbs, reduced numbers of fittings, task-specific lighting.

Kitchen: use of induction hobs, combined microwave/convection ovens, high efficiency and well ventilated refrigerators and freezers.

Laundry: sheltered drying lines, in place of electric driers, cold washes, new energy efficient heat pump dryers, energy efficient washing machines.

Standby: low stand-by power appliances and switches to turn all appliances off from an accessible central position. Test your appliances to see which have a poor standby load so you can turn them off. 

Water heating: close placement of hot water supply to fixtures, in-situ on-demand heaters, heat recovery shower drains.

 

STEP TWO: REPLACE

Water heating can be achieved with solar panels, wetbacks in high efficiency wood fire boxes and heat pumps.

Space heating
- Insulation of walls and ceiling
- Double-glazing windows
- Heat pumps use wisely
- Wood and pellet fires

Heat Exchange Ventilation
Heat Exchange Ventilation supplies fresh dry air mechanically. Where passive ventilation is not suitable to guarantee the necessary air exchange heat exchange ventilation can minimise heat loss by heating cool incoming air using the warmed exhaust air. Such systems also provide free passive dehumidification as the cool fresh air is warmed.

Electricity Suppliers
Switch to an electricity retailer that supplies energy generated primarily from renewable sources.

 

 

STEP THREE: GENERATE

Once the energy consumption of a house has been minimised and switched to more sustainable sources then generation can be considered.

- Solar Photovoltaic (PV)
- Wind Turbines
- Micro Hydro Generation


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