- Energy Saving
- Heat Pumps
- Electricity Generation
Energy efficiency is a measure of energy used for delivering a given service. Improving energy efficiency means getting more from the energy that we use.DECC - Energy Efficiency Strategy: 'The Energy Efficiency Opportunity in the UK'
Does having a renewable energy system make you less energy efficient?
Over the last few years, traditional sources of energy have become so expensive that reducing energy costs, consumption, and doing more with the energy used on site has become de rigeur for many companies.
For example, there are many in the greenhouse industry who have shortened cropping periods, grow at lower temperatures or even change cropping type to save on energy.
Similarly, in industry, poorer building stock is marginalized or improved to keep energy costs down.
With the advent of incentive schemes such as the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), renewable energy systems have become much more common, and the energy produced from renewable sources is either free or relatively very cheap.
OK, I understand these technologies have large capital expense, but that’s what the RHI and FiT payments are designed to pay for.
The danger with free or cheap energy is the temptation to waste it — especially so in the case of renewable heat, as the more energy you use, the more RHI income you will get and the faster you will pay back your capital.
What do you think?