A brief introduction to microgeneration, what it is and what it can do for you and the planet


An overview of different electricity and heat producing microgeneration technologies with links to further details on each


Before you look for ways to produce your own energy, it makes sense to minimise your energy needs.  An outline of some energy efficiency measures you can take.

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The end of the world as we know it?

Climate Change is happening and we are running out of conventional energy; that is why energy prices are rising.  It is not a conspiracy by the nasty energy companies, it is a permanent fact of life.  Not only are we destroying the planet but, of more immediate concern, we are facing the collapse of a global economy based on cheap energy. 

So do we bury our heads in the sand and hope it will all go away, pray that someone else will find an answer, some magic new energy source or ...do you want to be a part of the solution?  And if do you want to do something about it, what can you do?  You certainly cannot go out and build your own wind farm...or can you?

Is Microgeneration the answer?  Sadly not the whole answer, but at least it is a part of the answer and, perhaps more importantly, a part that you can do something about.  The reason you are on this site is probably because you are looking for a way to do something constructive yourself.  And that is what this site is for; to tell you what is out there, what you can invest in and what is a total waste of money.  This is a public information site and we make no money from what you buy or don't buy.


So what is Microgeneration?

Essentially it is stuff you can buy and install in your own home which will reduce your energy bills and your impact on the environment.  Some produce heat from renewable fuels such as biomass (wood), others produce electricity and some produce both heat and power in a technology known as micro CHP (Combined Heat & Power).  Some are really good, some not so good and it does depend on your own circumstances and lifestyle, where you live and what local resources there are.

However, the most important thing you need to know about Microgeneration is that it empowers you to make a difference.  It is not necessarily the most cost effective way of meeting the challenges of climate change nor even is it always the the best way to reduce your energy bills.  What it can do though is to enable you to make a difference.  You can invest your money in technologies which will reduce your carbon emissions and your energy bills and help protect you against the volatility of fuel prices over the coming years.

So, click here for simple honest facts about the various MICROGENERATION TECHNOLOGIES.


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Jeremy Harrison 2008  Last update 20th November 2008