Check for alternatives - When your gas or oil fired boiler packs up, or when you decide its time to replace those old storage heaters, don't just replace like for like, investigate some of the alternatives too. Wood fired heating and heat pumps are becoming more common place these days, and if you do decide to replace like for like then go for the most efficient product available. Don't forget to check with the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre to see what grants you can get towards improvements (0800 512 012).
Generate your own - Once you have your energy efficiency sorted, you can think about generating your own energy. The most accessible technology is solar water heating, and even in our climate you can still generate a significant amount of hot water all year. If you have a South or South-West / South-East facing roof, this could be a possibility for you. You can also buy solar panels which generate electricity (photovoltaic panels). Have a look at the Energy Saving Trusts page on renewables to find out about some of these different technologies.
Green energy - You can choose to have your electricity supplied on a green tariff... but how green is green? Some fuel suppliers will charge you extra to be on a 'green' tariff, but only a meagre 6% needs to come from renewable sources for them to call the tariff 'green'. There are suppliers who can sell you 100% renewable energy. Have a look at this article for interesting comparisons between the various suppliers. (adobe PDF document, 1.5MB)
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