Friday, 27 January 2017

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

How Do Solar Panels Work?

If you’re considering solar panels in West Lothian, you may be wondering how they work. It’s a good question with an answer that is backed up by science and nature. You’re no doubt aware that solar energy comes from the sun, and that solar panels take that energy and convert it into power for the home, but how does that happen? Let’s take a look.

What Is A Solar Panel?

Solar power relies on solar panels, and vice versa. One would not exist without the other. These panels are rectangular and flat in appearance and have a number of components incorporated inside that are responsible for collecting solar energy. There are effectively two types of solar panel that are commonly used:

1.       Solar thermal collector - this panel absorbs solar energy from the sun’s rays and uses it to heat water and air.
2.      Photovoltaic module - this panel collects solar energy from the sun’s rays and converts it into electricity that can be used around the home.

Let’s Talk About PV

Photovoltaic module is quite a mouthful and so it is often abbreviated to PV. Photo refers to the sunlight the panel absorbs, and voltaic refers to the electrical energy that it converts to. As solar energy flows into the panel, it is converted and flows out again as usable electricity. The panel itself is made up of photovoltaic cells (these form the grid pattern that can be clearly seen on the panel). Each cell is connected electrically and then covered with a pane of glass which provides electrical insulation and also protects the cells from the elements. The size of the panel will depend on how much power is required by the property or appliance in question.

Is Solar Energy Right For Me?

If you are considering solar panels in West Lothian or any part of Scotland, there are many reasons to have them installed. Greener and free energy, a reduced carbon footprint and even earning money from the energy you don’t use are just some of the many benefits you can enjoy if you have solar panels installed. Why not speak to our solar energy experts today to find out more and to arrange a no obligation free quote to consider at your leisure? We’d be delighted to tell you all about the science and the savings you can make.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Why Switch From Storage Heaters To Electric Radiators?

Whether you live in a property where electricity is your only source of energy, or you are looking to replace your storage heaters with a more energy efficient and cost effective solution, German electric heating systems are a very wise choice.

There was a time when storage heaters were a very affordable and effective solution, able to ‘charge up’ on Economy 7 heating during the night, and then deliver the heat that had been stored during the day. However, while this concept may sound perfect, the reality was anything but for many homeowners. Most found that even though they were using cheaper electricity during the night, that their heaters would have run out of heat by the time the chilly evenings came around. What’s more, these storage heaters usually had very limited controls. As a result, many homeowners looked for a solution and made the switch to gas central heating. However, there are still many homeowners who still rely on this ineffective and expensive way of heating their homes, and the good news is that there is now a fantastic solution to the problem.

German Electric Heating Systems - The Benefits You Can’t Ignore

Wastage is a huge problem with traditional storage heaters with many churning out heat without any control of temperature. Electric radiators allow you to control the temperature of your radiators instantly and to your exact requirements. Whether you need high temperatures in the most lived in parts of the house, or you need to turn off radiators in areas you are not using, German electric heating systems give you this control.

Digitally controlled thermostats allow you to convert your electricity into heat in the most efficient way, allowing you to enjoy good quality heating at a more affordable price. German electric heating systems are also ultra-responsive and will regulate their heat perfectly according to your requirements.

Don’t Suffer With Your Storage Heaters - Make The Switch 

With their slimline and attractive design, digital thermostat, easy operation and quick installation, it is easy to see why so many UK homeowners are making the switch from storage heaters to electric radiators. You can choose to replace all of your storage heaters in one go, or break down the cost by installing radiators in your most used rooms. Make bedrooms cosier, living rooms warmer and add heating to bathrooms effortlessly. German electric heating systems give you the freedom to choose where you want your heating installed, and to say goodbye to storage heaters forever.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How To Rescue A Balding Lawn

If your lawn is looking a little sad with lots of bald spots here and there, it’s probably down to something more than bad luck. Wear and tear is actually the most common reason why you might get these bald spots appear. You’ve just been enjoying your lawn too much, but how do you get your lawn back into tip top shape again? Well, it’s actually easier than you might think, and as a leading turf suppliers in Lanarkshire, we know all the industry secrets to perfecting your lawn and bringing it back to its former glory.

The Perils Of Frequent Traffic

Children, pets and unruly adults can play havoc on grass and all of this frequent traffic can mean the soil underneath your grass gets compacted which can in turn cause damage to the grass it supports.

If the damage is being caused by you walking the same route across your grass - perhaps to hang out washing or water flower beds, it might be a good idea to put down paving stones in this route so that you can prevent bald spots and other damage to your lawn. The kids will also love the stepping stones!

If you would rather keep your lawn as it is, then consider buying a few rolls of good quality turf to repair the damage. You can also use a good quality grass seed on areas with only light damage.

Struggling In The Shade

Grass can also struggle to grow and thrive if it is in the shade. If you are able to thin out shrubs or trees to let a little light through, this is an easy option. However, if the shade is being caused by a building or a fence, the solution isn’t so easy. In these cases, you could use a shade tolerant grass seed to work on the areas that aren’t doing quite so well.

Are You Doing It Too Much?

Mowing, that is! This is another hazard that could cause your lawn to lose a bit up top. A length of 5cm is ideal for your lawn and if you mow too much, you could be stripping our grass of the nutrients it needs to grow healthily.

For this and more advice, get in touch with our friendly, local turf suppliers in lanarkshire. We have years of experience, and some of the best turf and building supplies on the market today. 

When Is The Best Time Of Year To Lay Turf?

If we had to choose an absolute optimum time for laying turf, it would be during the autumn, but the truth is turf is so hardy it can be laid at any time of year. However, the conditions do need to be right. You can’t lay turf on any old ground and expect a lush and beautiful lawn to just take hold. As expert turf suppliers in Glasgow, we know there is an element of preparation involved. Don’t worry, though, as this article will tell you all you need to know.

Why Autumn And Winter Can Be Best

As already mentioned, you can lay turf all year round, and this is especially the case when it comes to repairing areas of your lawn. However, if you want to have a new lawn established before the summer months come around, laying your turf months before will ensure it has plenty of time to take hold and start growing beautifully.

Another benefit of planting during the autumn and winter is that turf will need less watering during this time because of the inclement weather. This not only saves you time, but it saves you money on your water bill, too. You’ll also be using your lawn less during these months and so you won’t have to worry about damaging fledgling turf as it begins its new life in your garden.

Rolls of turf that you are not yet ready to use will also last longer during the winter. Turf rolls can dry up quickly during the summer months if they are not laid down quickly, but time is less of a factor during the autumn and winter. You can expect turf rolls to keep for around three days during the winter and even longer if they become frozen.

When Not To Lay Turf During The Colder Months

It’s great to be able to take advantage of the winter months and get a head start on your lawn before summer arrives. However, there are some things to be aware of. If your ground has been affected by a heavy frost or has become waterlogged through heavy rain, we would advise waiting until the ground has either thawed or dried out. Trying to get a spade into frozen ground is no fun, and a waterlogged garden is not the best substance to work with when you have to walk around and try to lay turf rolls neatly and evenly.

If you are considering a new lawn this year, leave it to the experts. We are the leading turf suppliers in Glasgow and we would be delighted to assist with your needs. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

5 Reasons To Choose Solar Panels For Your Home

If you are considering solar panels in Aberdeen, there are many reasons to arrange installation. More and more homes across the UK are soaking up the sun’s rays thanks to the latest innovations in solar technology, and reaping the many benefits of greener energy. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of these benefits and how you can start taking advantage of domestic solar energy.

1. To Be Kind To The Planet

Because solar panels require no fossil fuels and rely on the sun’s rays to energise them, they are kinder to the planet. By using renewable energy you can reduce your carbon footprint, use an energy source that releases no greenhouse gasses and which does not pollute or require water to generate energy.

2. You Save Money

We all want to save money on our household bills, and yet energy bills, no matter what we do, seem to be constantly on the rise. You could continue to switch providers, but the fact is that fossil fuels are running out and are getting more expensive. By generating your own energy through solar panels you can have a headstart on other households (those fossil fuels will run out, and sooner than you might think) and start enjoying cheaper energy.

3. You Can Make Money Too

Solar panels may be an expensive outlay, but they do pay for themselves in both energy savings and money you can make through the Feed-In-Tariff. When your solar panels are connected to the grid, you can make money on the energy you generate and send back to the grid, and go on earning for a guaranteed 15 years. Your solar panels will usually pay for themselves within 7-9 years, and anything you earn from the FIT after this is pure profit.

4. Low Maintenance

Once your solar panels are installed, you will almost forget they are there. There is very little maintenance involved with the system, and you’ll only require one professional check a year to ensure they are operating at maximum efficiency. You should also check now and again that the panels are clean, but you can usually do this as a sight check from the road.

5. Think Of Future Generations

Environmental impact and climate change are problems we can solve now, and solar panels are just one way to tackle the problem. Addressing the problem with renewable energy solutions like solar panels is just one of the things we can do to preserve the planet for future generations.

At the Greener Energy Group, we are helping homeowners to reap the many benefits of solar panels in Aberdeen. Speak to us today to find out more about renewable energy.