Seasonal

Time to keep your own lights on?

Seemingly every year there’s a discussion about whether the National Grid will be able to meet the UK’s energy demands through the winter.

HITACHI Digital CameraThe margin of error apparently continues to get thinner, for a complex variety of reasons, but as much as anything because older power generators are being decommissioned and successive governments have prevaricated about how to replace them. We know now that some very expensive nuclear power is pretty much the only option, but that’s a few years away from coming on-stream.

It all adds up to a feeling that generating your own heat and power is increasingly the sensible thing to consider. A wood pellet boiler is as reliable and effective as any other and means you don’t have to rely on a steady supply of gas or fluctuating oil prices. Solar thermal water heating is effective year-round and solar panels continue to fall in price and increase in effectiveness.

It is entirely reasonable these days to be self-sufficient in energy to a significant degree. We still have a hurdle to cross before the majority of people come around to that way of thinking, but the change is certainly underway.

There has been a lot of talk about the Government slashing subsidies for green heat and power. This is a double-edged sword. It might discourage some people who were only interested if they were going to be heavily subsidised, but it also flags up the fact that there is a significant school of thought which says the sector is maturing to the point where it is becoming more mainstream and can stand on its own.

It’s complicated. What is not complicated is the fact that you can take yourself off the grid to a large extent and when the worry starts about brown-outs and rising power costs, you can give yourself a pat on the back and breathe a little easier if you’ve gone down that renewables route.

We’re here to help, whether you’re sold on the idea already or just want to talk about the options.

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