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Save cash by generating your own energy

Energy Saving Week focus: solar and wind energy

As Energy Saving Week continues, the focus is firmly on saving cash by generating your own energy at home – and Which? is on hand with all the tips you need on installing your own solar and wind turbine systems.

For advice on everything from choosing an efficient home heating system to installing a wind turbins, take a look at our Environment and Saving Energy section to find out what savings you can make on your energy bills.

Solar panel systems

A typical solar photovoltaic system – the type of solar panels that produce electricity from the sun – can produce 40% of your household energy each year, at a saving of around £200, according to figures from the Energy Saving Trust (EST). Solar water heating systems (which use the sun to heat hot water for use around the home) can generate savings of between £50 and £80 a year.

Take a look at the Which? guide to buying solar panel systems to decipher solar panel jargon and find out how solar panels and solar water heating systems work. Our video from our undercover probe into solar panel sales shows you the mis-selling tactics to avoid.

If you prefer the idea of installing a wind turbine, take a look at our guide to see if this method of home electricity generation is right for you. The EST estimates that a pole-mounted wind turbine could potentially generate enough energy to power a single household for a year.

Energy Saving Week

To continue Energy Saving Week, which is running up to 31 October 2010, the Energy Saving Trust is hosting events around the UK and is opening up homes which can and have found ways to save energy. Visitors can speak to homeowners and get up close and personal with the technology.

Lower your gas and electricity bills

You can compare energy prices and switch to a new gas and electricity supplier on Which? Switch. People who switched with us between 1 October and 31 December 2013 are predicted to save an average of £234 a year on their bills.

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