Residential solar boosts house prices by £30,000+
According to recent research, residential solar panels can boost the value of your home by over£30,000. In fact it showed an average increase in value of £32,459 across the UK. Houses in London saw the biggest increase (unsurprisingly), with the value jumping by £90,000, followed by
Bristol (£45,142), Edinburgh (£40,095) and Leicester (£31,577).
HOW DO SOLAR PANELS STACK UP FINANCIALLY
Solar panels are a very sensible, long-term investment for those looking to future proof their home, reduce their energy bills and improve their carbon footprint. Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation, your long-term electricity costs will be reduced considerably. Your installation
will pay for itself over time (usually within 6-7 years, but as energy costs continue to surge ahead this will rapidly decrease), the exact period will be determined by several factors; the size of your array, roof orientation, shading issues and the brand of panels you choose.
COMBINING YOUR PANELS WITH A HOME BATTERY
Integrating your solar panels with a battery is a great way to store the free electricity your solar panels produce instead of exporting it back to the grid, allowing you to use more of your free solar energy in the evenings or when the sun isn’t shining. This is particularly useful for working families, who are likely to be out during the day, and therefore unable to use the energy they have produced.
Do bear in mind that in Winter, with shorter days and probably less sun, (we are in Wales after all!) you’ll still be very likely to need grid back up. Even if only top-up your batteries on a cheaper night tariff for your electricity…
Battery systems are technically complex and unlike solar panels there are several different factors to consider before installation. Each home battery you add offers you the potential to become more energy independent, generate additional savings and live more sustainably. There are several different products on the market, each offering different features, power capacity and functions. Ask us for more detailed information to suit your individual requirements.
CAN SOLAR PV PANELS HEAT MY WATER?
Yes. If you have a hot water tank with an immersion heater installed in your home, you can use the excess energy generated by your solar PV panels to heat your water. Every unit of power used to heat your water in this way reduces energy bought from the national grid by the same amount, resulting in significant savings. It is worth noting that many of those replacing their combi-boilers are now switching back to a tank due to the benefits.
WILL MY HOUSE BE SUITABLE FOR SOLAR PANELS?
Conventionally the ideal roof for solar panels was large, unshaded and south facing. Whilst this is still relevant, the exact orientation of your roof is now less important and can be mitigated by panel optimising technology. There are even options for using out-buildings or ground mounting your panels if your roof isn’t the right fit or orientation and you have available space.
Please visit our FAQ page if you have any further questions, alternatively call or email us to arrange an in-person visit to clear up any confusion you may have about solar or other renewable energy technology.