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.

Free loft and cavity wall insulation in Nottinghamshire

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Until the end of the year, households in many areas of Nottinghamshire can take advantage of free loft and cavity wall insulation for their home – regardless of their income – thanks to Warmstreets, the only insulation scheme endorsed by the Local Authorities Energy Partnership, of which Nottinghamshire County Council is a member.

However, the offer is drawing to a close shortly, with subsidies due to end in December. People are being advised to take advantage while they can and book a survey with Warmstreets before 30th November.

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.

DECC issue bonuses despite increased fuel poverty

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The Government department that has failed to stop energy bills going through the roof paid out £1 million in bonuses to its civil servants last year, it was revealed today.

People at the Department of Energy and Climate Change grabbed £958,783 in 2011-12 - up £133,135 on a year earlier.

But in the same period many British households have been forced to pay at least £200 extra a year to heat and light their homes.

The UK now has record numbers in fuel poverty - one in five - where energy costs exceed their monthly income so they must choose to 'heat or eat'.

Free smart home energy software

Free Smart Home Energy Software

According to GreenWise, the UK’s largest independent domestic energy company First Utility said on the 19th June 2012 that it was rolling out new smart grid software to all its customers to help them reduce their energy bills.

The unique new home energy management service, called my:energy, will help customers alter unsustainable domestic energy usage by enabling them to compare their energy usage against that of their neighbours.

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:

AlertMe team up with British Gas

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AlertMe, the Smart Home technology company, announced on the 22 May 2012 that it has secured the contract to provide a Personalised Energy Efficiency Advice Service to British Gas customers in the UK who have new smart meters. The free service is being trialled with up to 10,000 homes during the summer and rolled out widely from the autumn.