Building for the Future; Help the Environment by Fitting Renewable Energy Systems like Solar and Wind Power

Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland), March 30, 2008 | Go to article overview
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Building for the Future; Help the Environment by Fitting Renewable Energy Systems like Solar and Wind Power


Byline: Donny Sheridan

It's not easy being green - but thankfully most of us are now doing our bit to be more eco-friendly and help save our precious planet for future generations.

Eco concerns such as vehicle and air pollution, nuclear and electrical power plants and the carbon footprints of supermarkets flying oranges halfway across the world are all heavily publicised.

We may not be able to do much about them but making little changes to our lifestyles can help the environment.

We all know about energy-saving lightbulbs and not leaving our tellys and DVD players on standby.

But much more could be done - especially by house builders and the government.

The best way to have a zero carbon home is to use a combination of different energy sources, known as microgeneration.

This means that on windy days, your wind turbine can provide the energy, while on sunny days solar power is used.

So if you have a dull windy day your wind turbine may take most of the load, while on a warm sunny day the light will produce most of the energy.

Here is my wish list of other eco-friendly things that every modern development should have.

PHOTOVOLTAIC

We are all familiar with solar panels, which are great for heating water, and photovoltaic is a slimmer, lighter and more flexible version of the same principle.

It generates electricity from sunlight but even works on dull days as it doesn't require direct light.

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