Tick off the steps to your renewable technology
Installing a renewable technology might seem like a challenge, but it's really no more complicated than any other home improvement.
Just follow these simple steps, from initial research to learning to operate your new energy system.
- Getting started
- Narrowing it down
- Electricity or heating?
- Made your decision?
- After the installation
Find out about your options for generating energy at home:
- Read about the different ways to generate your own energy on our renewable technologies pages
- See which technologies might suit your home with our energy selector tool
- Talk to people you know who have installed renewable technologies.
Narrowing it down
You'll need to decide:
- which technology to use
- what size system to install
- which installer and products to use
- how to pay for the installation
Here's what to do to help you choose:
- See what products are available - research local suppliers and installers online and give them a call to find out more.
- Get recommendations and quotes - arrange for a few potential installers to visit your home and tell you what they can offer and how much it will cost.
Electricity or heating?
Depending on which you choose, there are other things to thing about:
- Electricity: is your home connected to the National Grid? If so, think about selling your own energy. If not, you'll need to research the best way to store electricity.
- Heating: is your current heating system compatible with the installation? Could you be more efficient with another type of system, such as under floor heating? Get opinions from a range of certified installers.
Made your decision?
The final details to nail down before you go ahead:
- Apply for grants that you¿re eligible for, and make sure you comply with all the conditions. Find out more at the Low Carbon Building Programme website
- Make your home energy efficient by installing insulation, double glazing and draught-proofing - this will ensure you get the most out of your renewable technology.
- Make sure you have warranties on your products and installation - it will add to your peace of mind and could cut your future costs. To find out more, talk to your installer.
- Find secondary contractors for bore holes, scaffolding etc to get your project off the ground.
After your installation
- Check with your home insurance provider to make sure your policy covers the changes to your home, and make any adjustments you need.
- Learn how to use your new system - ask your installer to arrange a training or advice session.
- If you live in Scotland only, you can get personalised advice for your home. Our renewables advisors can visit your home for free to tell you which renewable technology is right for you. Book a home visit through your local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre