There are other options to Wind Turbines…
Whilst we have absolutely no issue with Wind Farms being placed at a reasonable distance from people’s homes, the planning of turbine construction close to where people live is something that we deem unacceptable.
However, despite our misgivings, we can understand that there are many people who are keen on protecting the environment by producing their own form of renewable energy. So, if erecting a noisy wind turbine is out of the order, then what are your options if you want to invest in your own form of renewable energy?
Gas From Landfills
Although you’ll have to convene with the council to enquire about the state of your local landfill, this is a great alternative to a wind farm for a couple of reasons.
The first is that any new building will be taking place primarily on a landfill, a site that’s already an eyesore.
Waste company, Viridor, already run 18 sites around the UK that reclaim the harmful gases created in landfills. The gas is then run through a system which filters out damaging chemicals, creates energy and runs it back into the national grid.
There may be many arguments against the masses of ‘solar farms’ that are crowding the green fields of Britain, that would have once been traditionally farmed, but there are alternatives to linking up endless arrays of panels.
If you’ve got a a few square metres of space on your roof, or in a spare patch of land you own, then solar panels are a simple and silent way of generating your own electricity. They don’t break the bank and they’re also easy on the eye.
Bio Mass Wood Pellets
Shovelling kilos of wood pellets (http://www.liverpoolwoodpellets.co.uk/ourshop/cat_610197-Wood-Pellets.html) into a hot stove may seem like a rather old-school method of providing yourself with energy, but there are ways of doing it now that are not only carbon-neutral, but positively renewable.
Through the use of Short Coppice Rotation, a tried and tested method of quickly growing trees, species such as Willow can be quickly processed into pellets which make perfect fuel for heating your home and water!
Ground-source Heat Pump
One environmentally friendly option, which unfortunately comes with a larger initial price tag, makes cunning use of the thermal heat that is contained within the very ground itself.
The typical cost of one of these systems is a little high – between £13,000 and £20,000 – but the returns that you see on them will make it all worth while.
The big advantage of using one of these systems is that you’ll barely even notice that it’s there. Keep the machine locked away in a shed outside and the small humming it will make will be inaudible to anyone outside.