With renewable energy becoming a bigger and bigger consideration for a lot of people, many are turning to solar power at home in order to generate electricity. You might think that here in the UK we can’t make the most of solar power due to our weather, but that’s not strictly the case. Here are some of the basic things you need to know about using solar power at home.
Solar panels can actually make you money
You’ll no doubt have noticed more and more houses with solar panels fitted to the roves, but did you know that these can actually make you money? Solar panels cost in the region of £6000 to buy and install but by doing so you can take advantage of the government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme. You will automatically use any energy that you generate through your solar panels, but any surplus electricity can be sold back to the Grid.
You can get solar panels for free
If you don’t fancy coughing up that much money upfront for solar panels, there are actually parts of the country where you can get them for free from certain suppliers. The catch? You can’t take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff scheme, and any extra money that you would have earned from this goes to the company who gave you the solar panels. You can still use the electricity to power your home, of course.
They do work even if it’s sunny
You might think that it’s not worth using solar panels in the UK as there isn’t a massive amount of sun. Granted, they may work better when the Sun is out but they will still work even if it’s overcast. Solar lights, however, can be a different matter. They usually switch on once the light dims below a certain level, so if the light level is quite low then they’ll be using energy for longer and will therefore run out quicker. That’s not to say they’re not useful and, of course, environmentally friendly – if we get some nice weather then they be a great addition to your home and garden. You can find more information on this on the blog called The Truth About Solar Lights.
The orientation of your roof needs to be right
Unfortunately not every house is ideally suited to using solar panels. A south facing roof will receive the most light, so this is the perfect place to put the solar panels. You can still put panels on east and west facing rooves but they won’t be quite as effective. The angle of the roof is also important; the best angle is between 30 and 45 degrees. Again, they do work on other roofs but their efficiency will be reduced.