by Terry Wha
We have to be sustainable today. Everywhere we look people are telling us that we need to consider the environment, the insecurity of the energy systems, at the same time as we protect our bank balance. The electricity supply networks are very vulnerable these days and we never know what the price of electricity is going to do except that it is going to go up. This doesn’t seem fair at all. We rely on foreign oil too much and know that we need to cut back on using fossil fuels as we simply don’t have a long-term alternative and as such it seems that we are urged to think twice about what we’re getting ourselves into.
For the home owner who believes in the concept of sustainability as well as long-term economic stability, the fitting of solar panels is a very good idea. It’s a popular misconception that we need to have many unbridled hours of sunshine in order to even think about putting solar panels up. If you have a roof that essentially faces toward the south you could certainly benefit from photovoltaic or pv panels.
From time to time the government seems to step in to prompt us to become sustainable as well. Grants and incentives may be made available by national or local governments to help with the cost of installing solar panels and this is well worth checking out.
Two decades is a long time in the solar energy industry and a lot has changed. Now they are no longer ugly or intrusive and cutting-edge technology has been used to produce remarkable products.
The typical homeowner may expect to save up to Â£1000 per year following the installation of a solar panel configuration on the roof. The electricity produced can be used to power the home or business in any urban or rural location. Excess electricity will be bought back, under a guarantee, into the national grid at a predetermined rate per kilowatt hour. This guarantee will extend for 25 years, making the whole concept a realistic proposition for all.
Besides the expense of purchasing energy from the usual sources, we need to realise that we’re all responsible for the levels of pollution resulting as a direct consequence. Carbon emissions ensue when the energy we purchase is created, and as the years pass we can fully count on becoming ever more accountable for the actual size of the carbon footprints we create as individuals. With solar panels, the energy created has no emissions at all and you can greatly decrease the overall size of your personal carbon footprint by installing quality rooftop solar panels.
With housing markets still volatile and the future uncertain, one of the most sensible things you can do to increase the value of your home is to install solar. Studies in the United States show that homes fitted with solar panels sell up to 20% faster than those without and can attract a 17% premium. This is good news from a country where solar has been in widespread use for some time now. As usage extends throughout the UK we can look forward to an additional, value-added benefit when we consider installation. As the proceeds of selling the excess solar through the feed in tariff can be fully transferable to the owner of the property upon sale, the prospective purchaser has an added incentive. He or she can buy a home where electricity is essentially free and where they can get a tax-free income for the remainder of the contract.
Nick Morgan is an expert when it comes to solar panels. To find out everything about pv panels, visit the website at … http://www.thegreenelectrician.co.uk/