Solar panels reduce your dependency on fossil fuels and your dependency on utility companies by using a free, natural, renewable resource – solar energy.
This is done not just by direct sunlight but also works with standard daylight (cloudy days). The optimum time of year for solar panels in the UK from March to October months however the solar panels will generate heat / electricity all year round.
There are two types of solar heating technologies, the evacuated solar tubes and the flat plate collector. The solar tubes have a greater efficiency and work better at lower temperatures. Some people believe the flat plate is more pleasing to the eye, however, they usually cost around the same to install, so many people choose based on performance and others aesthetics .
On average solar heating can save you between 70-80% on your heating bills, not only that but it will prolong the life of your boiler as it does not need to be activated as much being the primary source of heat. With energy pricing forecast to rise continually over the coming years, more energy savvy homes now use a mixture of energy inputs such as solar and heat pumps too.
Solar heating systems work by capturing the sun’s rays which is then converted to heat energy; this heat energy is transported through a heat exchanger that will then transfer the heat into the stored water within the solar cylinder.
Solar PV panels work by converting photons into electrons accumulating them into a usable electric current for your home.
With current interest rates and unstable utility energy prices, installing solar panels currently represent one of the best investments, increasing your properties value and reducing your energy bills.
Another benefit if you decide to sell your home in the future is, home buyers would choose to buy house with solar panels over a house with no solar panels. Recent Energy Saving Trust surveys indicate home buyers would still buy if the price was £10,000 more expensive than the none-solar house.
A final food for thought, when considering solar for your home, is a Financial Times report that pointed out, it’s likely that the financial cost of manufacturing solar panels and their installation costs will rise in the future in line with the cost of energy, resources, materials and other manufacturing costs as global energy price’s keep rising.
Solar panels or solar energy can be collected, harnessed and used for your long term energy requirements.
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