Homeowner Blog

What’s the Best Electricity Tariff?

George Riley 13 Aug 2020

We’re often asked by our customers which is the best electricity tariff, especially when they’re investing in their own renewable energy systems. There are lots of energy suppliers, with prices varying by location and various contract commitments. But there are particular types of tariffs that we’d recommend looking at, depending on your circumstances:

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Tariffs, Solar PV

Smart Solar Homes May Eliminate Peak Demand

George Riley 29 Jul 2020

Recently the Solar Trade Association (STA) published a report modelling the impact of solar PV, battery storage and smart home controls on the UK’s electricity supply and demand. In particular it examines how these technologies can help balance the grid as it becomes ever more complex and under pressure.

We’re going to dig into how solar PV can integrate with smart homes to reduce or even eliminate peak demand.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV

Meet the Andersen A2 Charger

George Riley 24 Jul 2020

As EVs become a part of daily life for more and more of us, the humble chargepoint is no longer just a plug socket. It’s the brains behind intelligent, economic charging. It’s a device that has to stand up to use day in, day out. It’s a feature of the look and feel of our homes.

One chargepoint excels in all these regards and is a cut above the rest in the design stakes - the Andersen A2. And we’re delighted to announce that Spirit is now an Andersen approved installer.

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Topics: EV charging

Why Combine Solar PV with an EV?

David Woon 19 Jun 2020

As of Wednesday 10th June, the UK hit a huge milestone of going two months without burning any coal for electricity generation. This is due to a combination of the reduced national energy consumption since the start of lockdown and the high investment in renewable energy over the past decade. Approximately 800,000 homes now have solar PV installed, helping to contribute to the decarbonisation of the grid, while also reducing their energy bills.

As electricity generation continues to decarbonise, the next logical step is for the transport sector to shift away from fossil fuels and towards electric vehicles. Over the past couple of months, the number of vehicles sold has dropped considerably. Electric and hybrid vehicles, however, feature more heavily than usual in the ‘top 10 models sold’ and more Tesla Model 3s have been sold over the past two months than any other car.

With the number of homes generating their own clean energy via solar PV and the number of electric vehicles on the road growing, we thought we’d take some time to analyse the benefits of pairing a domestic solar PV system with an electric car to quantify the potential financial savings.

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Topics: EV charging, Solar PV

Hydrogen Fuel for Transportation: The Future?

David Woon 28 Apr 2020

Image source: Joseph Brent.

There is an ever increasing demand to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as global awareness of climate change continues to grow. In the UK around a third of our total GHG emissions comes from the transport sector. To try and combat this, the government aims to phase out petrol and diesel cars, with sales of new combustion engine models to be banned by 2035 and a desire for almost every van and car to be zero emission by 2050. At the end of 2018, electric vehicles accounted for only 0.5% of the vehicles on the road. A lot therefore needs to be done if the government’s targets are to be reached.

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Topics: EV charging

Is Now the Time to Buy an Electric Car?

George Riley 07 Apr 2020

Obviously during the current lockdown, you should only drive if it is absolutely essential. But while in isolation, you may be thinking about your next car and what effect the COVID-19 outbreak might have on the growing EV market.

So, is now the time to buy an electric car?

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Topics: EV charging

Solar Panel Payback

David Woon 13 Mar 2020

Over the past year there have been a couple of fairly large changes which have impacted the payback period of a solar PV installation. Firstly the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) closed for new applicants at the end of March 2019 and then the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) was brought into effect at the start of this year.

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Topics: EV charging, Solar PV

How to Run Your House on Solar Power and Renewable Energy

George Riley 05 Mar 2020

Many of our customers are keen to use the greenest energy possible in their home. There are substantial benefits (whether you have solar panels or not), from cutting your carbon footprint to maximising bill savings and energy independence.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, zappi, Solar PV

Should You Rent Out Your EV Charger?

George Riley 06 Feb 2020

This week saw the government bring forward the ban on new petrol and diesel cars to 2035.

One of the most pressing challenges in encouraging people to switch to electric cars is building an extensive charging network. Most people charge at home, but there is always going to be a time when you need to top up on the go. A novel solution is to bolster the number of available chargers by opening up privately owned points for public use - peer-to-peer (P2P) electric vehicle charging.

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Topics: EV charging

Celebrating 10 Years of Spirit Energy

Erica Charles 28 Jan 2020

Today is a big day at Spirit Energy.

It’s our 10th anniversary.

Most importantly we are celebrating with a big cake, but we have also taken time to review some of the milestones reached within the last 10 years, both at Spirit and within the wider community, focusing on cleaner air, climate change mitigation and sustainable fuel supply.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV