Solar Panels are a wonderful form of renewable energy. They utilise the natural energy of the sun to provide energy to your home. Within an hour, the sun can transmit more energy to the Earth’s surface than the world uses in a year. Alongside the growing concern of global warming and the diminishing resource of other energy sources, it makes sense that we should be utilising the power of solar.
Solar panels could also increase the value of your home as well as provide extra investment value through the Governments Feed-In Tariff scheme, but is important to be clear about the true values of these investments.
It is important to understand that there are 2 types of solar panels – Solar PV (or Solar Electricity) and Solar Thermal (or Solar Heating).
Solar Photovoltaics uses expensive technology to convert the energy from the sun into electricity which can then be used in your home or even exported back into the grid. Since their introduction, the government has been influencing the installation of solar panels by providing cash payments for energy fed back into the grid using the Feed-in Tariff scheme and although the FIT available from domestic installations has been cut considerably over the past few years, homeowners can still benefit from this scheme alongside the obvious benefits to a home’s energy bills as well as the environment
Solar Heating uses the energy form the sun to heat up a home’s water systems. These systems are generally a lot cheaper than Solar PV, but the benefits are also a little more limited. There are extra financial incentives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) used to encourage homeowners to use renewable energy in their homes.
As with many areas of home improvements, there are dodgy companies out there trying to flog solar installation. Some salespeople will use sales tactics that exaggerate the financial savings whilst others could seriously overprice the costs. It is therefore really important that you get a range of quotes to compare. TopFit only works with vetted and trusted contractors who know that they are competing with others on price and service. You can therefore be assured of a quality service and the best possible price.
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