Four ways roof lights help you to save energy and money
The clocks have come forward, the days are longer and more importantly lighter, so now is the perfect time to let more of that light into your home. Rooflights and skylights can be one of best additions to your home. While brighter rooms are more aesthetically pleasing, rooflights can also be fitted in difficult places where traditional windows just won’t go – you might even add value to your home.
However, while rooflights are very attractive on the surface of it, when installed correctly, they can also have a positive effect on your outgoings and your carbon footprint too. Roof Maker, a UK leading manufacturer of sky lights, explains how.
1.The effect of natural light
Everyone wants more natural light in their home. However, depending on the position of your building and other external factors, it is not always possible to take advantage of those bright and sunny days. That’s why rooflights are so effective. In fact, they can provide up to three times more natural light than standard windows.
It should come as no surprise therefore that when you install rooflights or skylights, you cut down on the need for artificial lighting. With less need for lamps and other standard lighting, you will soon notice a reduction in your electricity bills – especially in the brighter months. Of course, the amount of light that can flood into your home all depends on where you position your roof lights, so speak to an expert before installing.
2.Your new eco-friendly home
In the fight against climate change and cutting down on energy usage, we all have a part to play and installing roof lights is a great start. Research has shown that when rooflights are covering roughly 15-20 percent of your total roof area, you will dramatically cut your energy consumption compared to buildings without roof lights.
In fact, The National Association of Rooflight manufacturers, found that the total CO2 emissions associated with operating a building without rooflights can be 50 percent higher than for a building with them. (source) This could amount to a very substantial saving in energy and bills every month.
3.Keeping heat in and out
Throughout the seasons, your heating needs change. While during the winter months you may want more insulation, during the warmer seasons you want to enjoy a cooler home and that’s where roof lights are a major benefit.
Passive heat or solar heat gain is a natural by-product of rooflights. Again, this natural heat gain in your home ensures there’s less need for using central heating or other off-the-wall heaters that keep your monthly costs up. You can also install ventilating skylights that open outwardly at the bottom and release unwanted hot air that naturally accumulates near the ceiling – great for the summer months.
4. A happier home
It’s not just a theory, more natural light is proven to have a positive effect on how we feel. Luckily, when you install rooflights, you allow natural light to flow into your home in abundance. Natural light is clinically proven to increase focus, reduce stress levels and even improve your sleeping pattern. In short, roof lights can make your home an even happier place to be.
The positive effect on your home
Rooflights can transform your home aesthetically and financially. While natural light, insulation and ventilation all ensure you reduce your monthly outgoings, you can also rest assured you are playing your part in cutting CO2 emissions. To get the maximum impact from your new rooflights, always ensure you have them positioned effectively and professionally installed.
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HyNet North West and InterGen to build Zero Carbon plant
Expected to begin in the mid-2020s, the partnership could reduce the CO2 emissions from the Runcorn power station by over 150,000 tonnes each year, the equivalent of taking 60,000 cars off the road every year.
Situated across one of the UK’s largest industrial areas which supports the highest number of manufacturing jobs of any UK region, HyNet North West will bring clean growth to safeguard jobs, and create thousands of new employment opportunities.
Following a commitment of £72 million in funding, HyNet North West will transform the North West into the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, playing a critical role in the UK’s transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and the global fight against climate change.
HyNet North West will begin decarbonising the North West and North Wales region from 2025, replacing fossil fuels currently used for electricity generation, industry, heating homes and transportation with clean hydrogen. The project will also capture and lock up carbon which is currently emitted into the atmosphere.
It anticipates that by 2028, Rocksavage will have enough hydrogen produced by HyNet to move towards a 100% net zero power generation power station as the Gas Turbine technology becomes available.
InterGen’s Rocksavage Plant Manager Dan Fosberg said Rocksavage has been safely generating energy to power the north west for nearly 25 years, but in order to meet the UK’s net zero targets, traditional generation needs to adapt.
"HyNet North West will allow us to pivot our operations as we transition to a low-carbon world. The proximity of the Rocksavage Power Plant to the HyNet North West hydrogen network provides us with an exciting and unique opportunity," he said.
As soon as the first stage of the hydrogen network is available at Runcorn, InterGen intends to modify the existing generating plant to consume a blend of hydrogen with natural gas and start to reduce our emissions.
The HyNet North West project milestones mean that Rocksavage could be the first plant in the UK to blend Hydrogen with natural gas, a step forward for the industry in the target for net-zero. Once the gas turbine technology becomes available, it will explore options with HyNet North West to create a zero emissions power station using 100% hydrogen.
The project will play a big part in supporting Liverpool City Region in its commitment to reach zero carbon by 2040 and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region, said: “Putting the Liverpool City Region at the heart of the Green Industrial Revolution is one of my top priorities. With our existing strengths in green energy, we have the potential to become the UK’s renewable energy coast.
“I am committed to doubling the number of green jobs in our region and exciting projects like HyNet will be a key part of that. We’re going to lead the way, not only in doing our bit to tackle climate change, but in pioneering new and innovative technology that in turn attracts more jobs and investment to our region.”
David Parkin, HyNet North West Project Director, said HyNet North West will play a big part in tackling climate change regionally. "It will ensure the region remains an attractive location for investment and for companies to grow through the establishment of a clean economy, protection of skilled jobs and creation of thousands of new long-term employment opportunities.
“Our partnership with InterGen at Rocksavage shows just how great an impact HyNet will have on the region – decarbonising homes, workplaces, travel and industry.”
HyNet North West is a low carbon energy project at the forefront of the UK’s journey to a Net Zero future, being developed by a consortium comprising Progressive Energy, Cadent, Essar, Inovyn, Eni, University of Chester, CF Fertilisers and Hanson.