What Are the Benefits of Solar Panels in the UK?

What are the main solar energy pros and cons? On the pros side, solar energy can reduce your energy bills, increase your property value, sell back electricity, protect you against rising energy costs, and reduce your carbon emissions. On the cons side, solar energy doesn’t work on every roof, it may not be a smart investment if you’re about to move, it gives lower returns on investment if you have a small electricity bill, up-front costs can be high, and finding the proper installation company can be difficult. Below is a list of the main advantages and disadvantages of this renewable source of energy:  
Advantages Disadvantages
Renewable Energy Weather Dependent
Reduces Energy Bills Uses a Lot of Space
Low Maintenance Costs
Sell Back Electricity
Independent of Grid
 

Advantages

Solar improves the value of your home

Millions of UK homeowners are interested in solar panels but haven’t taken the time to figure out what it takes to install them. This consumer reality, and the undeniable benefits of having solar panels on a home, complements recent studies that found property values increase after solar is installed. Infact research shows that energy saving measures boost house prices by up to 14%. The DECC found that energy saving home improvements, such as solar panels, could increase property values by on average £16,000. Even if you’re planning on moving in the near future, you’ll earn back your solar panel investment and then some when you sell your home.

Independence Off The Grid

Solar power provides the great benefit of energy independence. The ‘fuel’ used to produce solar energy cannot be bought or monopolized so it is free for all to use. Once you have the solar panels installed you basically have an independent source of electricity that belongs to you. This must not be looked over and is important for the future not only for you but for companies, cities and countries alike.

Reduces Electricity Bills

Since you will be meeting some of your energy needs with the electricity your solar system has generated, your energy bills will drop. How much you save on your bill will be dependent on the size of the solar system and your electricity or heat usage. Moreover, not only will you be saving on the electricity bill, there is also a possibility to receive payments for the surplus energy that you export back to the grid. if you generate more electricity than you use (considering that your solar panel system is connected to the grid).

Sell Back Electricity

If your system produces more energy than you need, through the generous tariff schemes, you can sell the surplus back to the grid. Thus, apart from cutting down utility bills, your investment in solar panels gives you a warranty for a state-backed income for the next 20 years.

Renewable Energy

Switching to solar energy cuts your carbon footprint, as it is a green, renewable source of energy. Unlike traditional electricity generators, solar power does not release any harmful carbon dioxide (CO2) or other pollutants. Estimates also show that solar panels for homes could save around one tonne of CO2 per year, which comes to approximately 25 tonnes over its lifetime.

Ready To Make The Switch?

Has this sparked your interest towards solar energy? We can help you find your best deal! Simply fill in the contact form at the top of this page and we will get back to you with up to 4 quotes from our professional installers. Take a minute to complete the form and save hours of research! Our service is totally free and non-binding! What are you waiting for? Contact Nottingham Energy Centre today and learn how you can benefit from having solar panels installed at your property. For all queries and booking requests, you may call us at 0115 845 6556 or email admin@fdg-group.co.uk.

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