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What Are The Benefits Of Investing In Solar Energy?

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From Thermodynamic Hotwater Systems, to the advent of ground mounted panels, solar technology has come a long way since its inception, offering an alternative to traditional fuel.

As the most powerful energy source imaginable, the sun provides vast quantities of renewable energy, which can be harvested for instant use, or stored within a solar battery system for a later date.

Although once out of the remit of most budgets, in recent years, the continued demand from consumers has driven down the price of these products, ensuring they are now a viable alternative, both for those looking for a green solution, and a way to drive down their bills.

But what exactly are the benefits of investing in solar energy for your home? How does renewable energy compare to traditional gas and coal?

In the following article, we explore the answers to each of these questions on solar in greater depth, including: what it is, what it offers, and ultimately, whether it’s really good value for money long-term…

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Even though this energy generation system works best on sunnier days, as long as there’s daylight available, your PV panels will still generate electricity for your home

What Is Solar Energy?

Let’s start with a brief bit of science! Put simply, solar energy refers to the energy provided by the sun in the form of radiation.

Although this radiation isn’t quite so good for your skin (as anyone who’s ever spent too long in the sun can attest to!), it provides a perfect source of energy for your home for either use as electricity (via PV panels), or to create a steady supply hotwater (via solar collectors installed in your roof.)

So, how does this work in practice?

In the former instance, when direct rays from the sun hit the photovoltaic cell, the photons of light stimulate the electrons in the cell which, in turn, respond by creating a continuous flow, generating electricity.

Even though this energy generation system works best on sunnier days, as long as there’s daylight available, your PV panels will still generate electricity for your home.

In the latter instance, the same principle is at play; the only main difference between the two is that solar hot water collectors use solar energy to heat up your water, which is installed in a hot water cylinder ready for use. 

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With energy price hikes becoming the rule, rather than the exception, it’s little wonder than many of us are considering an alternative means of energy, or to reduce our reliance on existing systems

What Can Solar Energy Offer My Home?

As one of the greenest forms of energy available, and in unlimited, abundant supply, the benefits of investing in solar are clear for all to see.

With energy price hikes becoming the rule, rather than the exception, it’s little wonder than many of us are considering an alternative means of energy, or to reduce our reliance on existing systems.

But why else does solar score over traditional types of fuel? Take a look at the benefits below, and prepare to be amazed…

Solar Energy Benefit No.1: It’s Unlimited

Unlike other forms of energy, where resources run the risk of depletion, energy from the sun is available in unlimited supply.

Moreover, as mentioned previously, the energy generation is dependent on daylight alone, ensuring a steady supply of energy even on cloudier, overcast days.

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One of the primary plus points of solar is that it enables you to take back control of your costings; the energy provided by the sun will reduce your reliance on your current system, resulting in a refreshing reduction on your energy bill

Solar Energy Benefit No.2: It Reduces Your Bills

For most of us, driving down our energy bills remains a top priority-and one which isn’t quite so easy to achieve given the persistent price hikes of traditional fuel.

One of the primary plus points of solar is that it enables you to take back control of your costings; the energy provided by the sun will reduce your reliance on your current system, resulting in a refreshing reduction on your energy bill

Solar Energy Benefit No.3: It Can Be Used for All Manner of Purposes

Whether you wish to generate electricity to power your home, or a steady stream of hot water, solar energy can be harnessed for all manner of purposes.

In addition to this, it can also be utilized in areas which are completely off-grid, making it ideal for properties in remote locations.

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Prices really do vary between companies, and are determined by how many panels you can comfortably fit on your roof (12-16 on average), as well as the size of the system you require

Solar Energy Benefit No.4: It’s Easy to Maintain

Maintenance is not only time-consuming-it can be considerably costly as well; especially if you need to purchase specialist products to keep a system functioning effectively.

In this regard, solar PV panels prove invaluable; they require relatively minimal maintenance, and only need a quick clean once or twice or year to keep them on top form.

Solar Energy Benefit No.5: It’s Competitively Priced

As with most products, when solar technology first became available to homeowners, it was out of the remit of most budgets; the technology was incredibly new and bore the substantial outlay to match.

Fast forward several years, add a good deal of competition into the mix, and it’s a different story entirely. 

It should be stressed, however, that prices really do vary between companies, and are determined by how many panels you can comfortably fit on your roof (12-16 on average), as well as the size of the system you require.

A free site survey proves invaluable in this regard. Not only will help to assess your roof’s suitability for the installation of the panels-it will also help you discern whether you need to carry out any preliminary repairs beforehand, or trim down branches that are overshadowing your roof.

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To assess your property’s suitability for solar, our experts provide a free roof assessment for your home, as well as professional advice on how to get the most from your panels

Is My Property Suitable for A Solar Energy System?

As a rule, as long as your roof isn’t North-facing, and has ample available space for the panels, then the answer to this question is likely to be a resounding yes.

If you have a couple of Velux windows in your roof, or a dormer loft conversion, this will, inevitably, reduce the size of the available space; in these instances, homeowners may choose to have solar tiles fitted instead, as these are far smaller in size.

If you have several acres of land, ground-mounted panels are also a highly viable option.

To assess your property’s suitability for solar, our experts provide a free roof assessment for your home, as well as professional advice on how to get the most from your panels. 

They’ll arrange a time and day to visit entirely on your terms; whatever works best for your schedule, let us know and we’ll pencil it in to the diary. Sorted!

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