With energy prices still rising at an alarming rate, many homeowners are looking at ways to reduce their monthly spending on gas and electricity. With thousands of people now working from home on a permanent or part-time basis – and therefore using more energy during the day – solar panels represent an excellent way to reduce costs and even earn money from the excess electricity generated.
With that in mind, what are the advantages of installing solar panels on your property with regards to your energy spending?
How Solar Panels Work to Reduce Your Monthly Energy Bill
As you’re likely aware, solar panels convert sunlight into energy via photovoltaic panels attached predominantly to roofs. You can then use the energy produced by these installations to power your electric devices during daylight hours, saving you a considerable amount of energy (and, therefore, money).
If you have a surplus of energy, you can even feed that surplus back into the grid and earn money via the Smart Export Guarantee. Lastly, if you aren’t at home much during the day, you could install a solar battery to store the power generated through the day, so you have it available on-demand during nighttime hours.
The amount you can shave off your energy bill depends on several factors, such as which direction your solar panels are facing, where you are in the country, and how much energy you use.
A property where the residents are home all-day and excess energy is sold back to the grid can save as much as £400 per year, making solar panels an investment that pays for itself in as little as ten years. Research also suggests that properties with solar panels appreciate by an average of £1,800, covering a significant proportion of installation costs.
What Do You Need to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels?
As excellent an investment solar panels can be, it would be best to consider a few things before pressing ahead with an installation.
Firstly, you need to evaluate possible locations for an installation. South-facing roofs and installation sites are best, gaining as many sunlight hours as possible. East and West facing roofs deliver up to 20% less energy, and North-facing roofs are not considered practical in the UK at this moment in time.
Next, planning permission may be required for listed buildings or those located within national parks or conservation areas. In most cases, solar panel installations fall under permitted development rights, and you won’t need to apply to your local authority to have permission granted.
To help you better understand these challenges, it’s always wise to contact an experienced solar panel installation company to have your home or business evaluated for feasibility.
Contact Applegarth Today to Discuss Solar Panel and Solar Battery Installation
Applegarth is the North West’s leading solar panel and solar battery installation company. For almost two decades, our team has worked with homeowners and businesses to provide expert guidance and installation services, often saving them a considerable sum off their energy bills.
So, if you’re interested in generating your own energy and drastically reducing your dependence on the grid – not to mention saving hundreds of pounds every year – we can help.