PV solar panels for a crazy world

An extraordinary road towards an electric-driven world enhanced with PV.

The challenge of our civilisation

August 4th, 2011

In 2004, Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Power My Home, first uttered these words and from that moment, the Power My Home website was born.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKCivilisations throughout history have come and gone, so today’s modern, more industrialised cultures will, like others, inevitably have a limited lifespan. How long they will last is anyone’s guess, but with additional strains now being put on our vital lifeblood (oil), we must learn, from past mistakes, to keep ourselves from falling, as other civilisations did.

The most successful and most influential civilisations of the past have to be the Roman Empire, which conquered or influenced a quarter of the world at its most potent. Stretching from western Europe to the Middle East and beyond, the Romans undoubtedly contributed the most towards our modern lifestyles today. Read the rest of this entry »

PV solar panels are the future

August 1st, 2011

Food for thought and learning from the history of the Roman Empire to discover that dependence on others is never a good thing. Why are PV solar panels (photovoltaic) technologies our future?

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

This time, we look to the future, to establish what the future of our energy security will ultimately be if we continue to depend on energy from other sources, rather than our own, to keep on the lights.

The flight back home from a visit to Rome (the great city itself) took me over Germany, a country which also features in the history of the Roman Empire. Flying into Munich airport, the differences between Britain and Germany were very noticeable.

The start of Heat my Home began on a train journey to Salzburg in 2004, where I noticed the large numbers of solar panels on homes, even back then. The future was clear to me, and I decided to promote solar panel technology in its different forms. Read the rest of this entry »

Grants for solar heating panels

July 23rd, 2011

Homeowners across the United Kingdom can now get grants towards the cost of installing systems such as solar heating panels, evacuated tubes and air source and ground source heat pumps.

Evacuated tubes and solar heating panel incentive schemes.

Evacuated tubes and solar heating panel incentive schemes.

Solar Heating Panels including Evacuated Solar Tubes– £300 grant (available to all homes, regardless of the type of the existing heating system).

• Biomass boiler– £950 grant (for homes without mains gas).
• Air and ground source heat pumps– £850 grant (for homes without mains gas).

The coalition government unveiled a £15m Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme– which begins on 1 August and will run until March 2012. The incentive aims to support up to 25,000 microgeneration installations on a first come first served basis. Read the rest of this entry »

We had PV solar panels installed

July 19th, 2011

We at Power My Home have been shouting from the rooftops for many years about how brilliant PV solar panels (photovoltaic) are.

There's nothing more powerful than when a PV's time has come.

There’s nothing more powerful than when PV’s time has come.

You don’t understand the benefits until you have seen them at work, so after asking some of our existing customers, we have had great responses, which you can, read some here:

“As scientists, we invested in solar water heating years ago, proved it worked and saved us money. Now we have paid for the expensive PV solar system which will give us a better return for our money than the building society. After all the space station which uses the technology proves the system works long-term.”
Mr Seigal, Sussex

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A well-oiled civilisation

July 18th, 2011

Power My Home has always encouraged people to think differently when home energy is concerned.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKRecent decisions by our government are beginning to help us do that on a national level, so now maybe it’s time for us all to replicate this thinking individually. The following story is fictional and written designed as food for thought”, says the author Stuart Lovatt, founder of Power My Home.

In our hypothetical story, you are the main character, the government have issued warnings to conserve supplies, but cannot start when regular supplies will resume again, we ask what you would do with your last tank of fuel? Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping the lights on

July 15th, 2011

From fuel poverty to keeping our lighting on, in five short years -the overall outlook for both power supplies and global energy costs is not looking good.

Power My Home PV Solar Panels UKSpeaking this week, Mr Geoff Huhne, our Energy and Climate secretary, said there had been “far too much dithering for far too long.”

That was necessary to replace older power stations and invest in alternative technologies such as solar panels, to “keep the lights on”.

Now nobody is suggesting that solar panels and other green technologies can fully replace our need for energy, but looking at a mix of different ways to reduce our dependence on the unpredictable Middle East and Russian energy supplies can only be beneficial in the longer term. Read the rest of this entry »