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Generate your own energy

Generating your own energy can be good for the environment and good for your pocket too. Low-carbon technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and wood fuel boilers use renewable sources of energy, so you use less fossil fuel, which reduces your carbon footprint as well as your fuel bills. What’s more, with government financial incentives available, it’s never been a better time to install. Find out more now!

Cashback Calculator

Find out how much you could earn and save when you generate your own energy with hydro, micro CHP or wind power.

The calculator lets you see how the cash your installation earns can repay a loan to cover the upfront costs, and even potentially make you a profit!

Overview of what's available

A summary of the systems available for generating your own electricity or your own heat heat - or both.

About microgeneration

Microgeneration, renewable energy, green energy, sustainable energy, home renewables - what do they mean? And why should you be thinking about how you could use them?

Getting started

Installing renewable or low-carbon technology can be as simple as other home improvements. We cover all the things you'll need to consider in a step-by-step list.

Financial incentives

When you generate your own energy, you don't just save money by not having to buy that energy - you can also get paid for the energy you use.

Finding an installer

We explain the questions to ask and the things to look out for when you're finding someone to install a system that will let you generate your own energy.

Case studies

We've asked people who've already installed systems to give us feedback on the details, and we have case studies for solar PV electricity panels, solar water heating, and wood-fuelled heating.

Solar PV panels

Before you start...

Energy efficiency first! Before you think about installing a system to generate your own heat, make sure your home is as energy efficient as it can be. All heat-producing systems are most efficient when used in highly insulated buildings. Focus on improving insulation and tackling draughts .

Publications
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The Energy Saving Trust's buyer's guides and field reports have lots of extra information about systems to let you generate your own energy.

Cashback Calculator

Find out how much you could earn and save when you generate your own energy with hydro, micro CHP or wind power.

The calculator lets you see how the cash your installation earns can repay a loan to cover the upfront costs, and even potentially make you a profit!