You're not alone if you're keeping a close eye on your energy bills at the minute, and thinking about ways that you can help your home become more sustainable and energy efficient.
One of the ideas that many homeowners think about but quickly dismiss due to the gloomy nature of the British weather is solar panels. But British weather is actually ideal for the efficiency of solar panels. Despite what many believe, it doesn’t always need to be sunny for solar panels to generate electricity.
Solar panels can be an effective and energy-efficient solution for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon emissions whilst reducing their energy bills.
If you’re a homeowner in East Anglia, the process of having solar panels installed is now easier and more hassle-free than ever. Our team of experts at Projects4Roofing is now able to install solar panels in homes across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Hertfordshire.
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not solar panels are right for you, this article will look at the advantages of solar energy and the reasons why choosing to install solar panels is such a great investment.
Save money on energy bills
Over the past year, the increasing cost of energy across the country has caused a lot of frustration and financial challenges for many households.
With gas being a limited resource, its price fluctuates based on supply and demand. So, part of the reason for UK energy bills being so high, is that the national grid relies on gas for 38.5% of the nation's electricity. That means when the price of gas goes up, unfortunately, so do our household energy bills.
Taking control of your own energy generation can help lessen the impact of price fluctuations in the energy market. When you choose to install solar panels on your home´s roof, you’re able to reduce your dependency on energy sources like gas and generate your own electricity from renewable solar energy.
Of course, there’s an upfront cost to pay for your solar panel installation. But once you’ve paid for your solar panels, the electricity you produce through solar energy is free. This can drastically reduce your monthly energy bills. It’s actually estimated that the average household can save as much as £1000 per year on their energy bills through the electricity they generate from solar panels.
Add value to your home
You may not be looking to sell your home right now (especially if you're on this blog looking for ideas for home improvements!) Yet, installing solar panels can provide long-term benefits for boosting the value of your home and increasing its appeal to potential buyers, if you decide to put your house on the market in the future.
Renewable Energy Magazine suggests that adding solar panels to your property can increase the value of your home by as much as 14%. A further report by This Is Money found that one of the most important things for modern home buyers is the energy efficiency of a property, which was listed as important by 90% of those surveyed.
So, even if you’re not thinking about selling your home right now, choosing to install solar panels is worth considering if you'd like to attract eco-conscious buyers and increase the potential selling price of your home in the future.
Contribute to being more eco-friendly
It's hard to avoid the fact that our planet is facing some significant environmental challenges. The impact of climate change is being felt in communities all across the world. To help address this, countries across the globe have joined together to sign treaties like the Paris Agreement, which ensure that countries have clear targets to reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.
The UK’s target is to achieve net zero by 2050. If we're to achieve this, households, businesses, and individuals across the country will need to come together and try to become more energy efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.
Choosing to install solar panels in your home is a great way to reduce your family's reliance on energy sources that create CO2 emissions. This can help you contribute to a more sustainable and positive future for our planet.
The importance of choosing an MCS accredited solar panel installer
If you’re thinking that a solar panel installation might be the right solution for your home, you might be ready to start thinking about potential installation partners. Before you sign on the dotted line with any solar panel installation partner, you should make sure they are registered with the Micro Generation Scheme (MCS). The MCS sets the industry standards for small renewable energy installations in the UK.
If you have your solar panels installed by an MCS accredited solar panel installer, you can have the confidence that your installation will meet the highest industry standards. Another major benefit of choosing an MCS accredited installation partner is that it helps ensure that you're able to apply to take advantage of the Smart Export Guarantee.
The Smart Export Guarantee encourages homeowners across the UK to invest in renewable energy generation in their properties. If you’re accepted onto the scheme, you’re able to feed any extra power from your solar panels back into the national grid and receive payment for it.
How much you’re able to earn for your extra energy depends on a number of things, such as your energy supplier and the tariff you’re on. But in order to qualify for the scheme, you’ll need to choose an MCS accredited partner for your solar panel installation.
Why choose Projects4Roofing as your solar panel installer?
At Projects4Roofing, we’ve been completing high-quality roofing projects and conservatory transformations for over a decade.
We’re really proud to be listed as a Which? Trusted Trader and to be approved by TrustATrader.
But most importantly when it comes to solar panel installation, Projects4Roofing is an MCS accredited partner. This provides you with the reassurance that when we install solar panels on your property, our work will be completed to the highest standards and your installation will be eligible to apply for the Smart Export Guarantee.
What makes us a little bit different from other solar panel installers is our heritage as roofing specialists. Before we get started on any solar panel installation, we’ll first check the integrity of your roof. If we find that there are any issues you should be aware of before we install your solar panels, we’ll let you know and complete any remedial work that is necessary. And once your roof is fixed, we’ll get started with your solar panel installation. We think this sets us apart - it’s not an approach we’re aware of from many other solar panel installers.
Another thing we pride ourselves on is being completely upfront and transparent with both our pricing and our processes.
You’ll receive a fixed-price quote before we begin any work. The price you see is the price you pay - you don’t have to worry about any surprises on your final invoice at the end of the project.
To help manage your expectations, we’ll also provide you with a clear schedule of work before we get started. This will provide the details of what’s happening on your property on any given day, so you can plan around it.
If you’re ready to reduce your energy bills and contribute to a more sustainable future and think that Projects4Roofing sounds like the company for you - book a call with our friendly team to find out more about our solar panel installations.