Maximise the efficiency of your solar PV system

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When a solar PV system is generating more electricity than the home is using the 'excess' energy is usually exported to the grid. Home owners normally receive an extra 3p/kWh for this exported energy, in addition to the payments they receive for generating renewable energy.

But since a unit (kWh) of electricity costs home owners about 13p to buy from the grid it makes sense to use as much of the energy a solar PV system generates as possible. Obviously there is no point in turning on lights, or other devices which do not need to be on, but if the 'excess' energy can be diverted into things which can store the energy, or make use of it to avoid buying electricity in the evening or at night, there are big savings to be made. Controlling a PV system in this way makes great sense and can reduce the time it takes for the system to 'pay back' its' installation cost.

Gov introduce smart meters

Smart meters will deliver a range of benefits to energy consumers including:

  • giving domestic consumers near real time information on their energy consumption through an in-home display to help them control energy use, save money and reduce emissions
  • providing more accurate information and bringing an end to estimated billing
  • new products and services will be supported in a vibrant market in energy and energy management

Watton Solar Plus for £125

Wattson Solar Plus

Sale price for the Wattson Solar Plus, whilst stocks last.

We are pleased to announce we are now selling the Wattson Solar Plus for the special sale price of just £125 including VAT and FREE delivery anywhere in the UK.

The Wattson Solar Plus is for monitoring energy consumption and production from renewables and helps you keep track of your home energy at a glance.

Order now, the offer is only available whilst stocks last.

Win FREE prizes throughout advent

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You can win FREE prizes from some of the UK's leading ethical brands, as well as getting free tips for a lower carbon, more fairtrade, more organic and generally more ethical Christmas at http://extraethical.com

With Solarcentury and Trillion Fund on board it looks like there are going to be some solar panels and clean green investments going for free at some point in December.

Register now for your change to win.

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Control energy usage when you're not at home

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British Gas has launched a smart home system to give you remote access to your heating system.

The Remote Heating Control technology allows you to access and control your heating system from your laptop or smartphone while you're away from the home – you can even turn your boiler on and off via text message.

This is a great perk for those occasions when you get to work and realise you've left the central heating ticking over but, unfortunately, still won't stop the mad dash back home if you think you've left the oven on.

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What is a "Smart Home"?

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Definition:
A smart home, or smart house, is a home that incorporates advanced automation systems to provide the inhabitants with sophisticated monitoring and control over the building's functions. For example a smart home may control lighting, temperature, multi-media, security, window and door operations, as well as many other functions.

In 2003 the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) came up with the following definition for a smart home:

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Home fuel cells to be sold in the UK from 2014

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IE-CHP based in Scotland will start sales of household and commercial use fuel cells in the UK and Ireland from 2014. The company is a joint venture between the fuel cell developer Intelligent Energy, the UK energy major SSE (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy) and a Scottish government organization. It will progressively introduce a 1 kW unit for home use and a 10 kW unit for commercial use.