If you’re concerned about the climate crisis and want to make sure that you’re doing as much as you can to help, you could explore how you can generate your own energy at home.
As a homeowner, one of your options is to install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on your home. This can not only generate energy that you use in your property, but any excess energy you generate can be fed back into the national grid, allowing other people to benefit from having clean energy.
The Energy Saving Trust recently explained how to go about generating your own energy. The organisation noted that solar PV is the most popular option for individual households, because the panels are relatively easy to install and can be positioned on most homes.
It’s estimated that you’ll save between 1.3 and 1.6 tonnes of carbon per year by installing a domestic solar PV system at your property.
You’ll also see your energy bills fall, as you won’t be paying for electricity from a traditional energy supplier once your solar panels are up and running. To get the most out of them, you ideally want them to face south so that they can make the most of the daylight. One thing that it’s worth noting is that solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to work.
The installation costs come in between £5,000 and £8,000 on average, the Energy Saving Trust revealed. This is for a typical domestic system with panels that cover 30 square metres. This will provide electricity, but you can also look into having a solar system that delivers hot water.
These require about four square metres of panels to provide hot water for the average family of four. The typical installation cost for a system like this is between £3,000 and £5,000. Of course, every home is different, so if you’re interested in finding out whether your property is suitable, as well as how much it might cost, get in touch with us for a solar PV quote.
With the UK aiming to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, there is a lot of work to be done in all sectors to reduce our impact on climate change.
The country’s building stock accounts for a sizable proportion of emissions, and the government has recently set out its Future Homes Standard designed to help address this in new-build properties.
However, as Solar Power Portal reported, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that the government’s policy does not go far enough and needs to be more ambitious.
The CCC called on the government to bring the introduction of the standard forward, as well as to make sure that it clearly states that on-site renewables, such as solar PV and wind power, can’t be used to offset continued fossil fuel use.
The organisation also stressed that it’s essential that the government tackles the “fundamental issues” surrounding compliance and performance, otherwise the standards it introduces are unlikely to be met.