As well as the obvious money-saving incentives, many people want to invest in solar panels for their environmental benefits. Having either photovoltaic or thermal solar panels enables you to enjoy either running water or appliances, courtesy of Mother Nature. However, many people really want to know what the environmental benefits to get solar panels and whether there is a real incentive to install solar panels.
Environmental vs. Financial incentives
Solar panels will certainly save you money in terms of electricity of gas usage, depending on which variety you purchase. It is worth knowing, however, that as of 2018, the UK government ended its payment incentive. This scheme used to financially reward those who paid into the grid with their solar panels. However, those who did purchase their solar panels during the scheme’s active years will still benefit.
So, this now excludes government payments in terms of how much you can save. In terms of the panels you have, it really depends on their size. For a 3kW system, for example, you could expect to save £270 a year. Over the years, you could easily make the cost of your solar panels back. However, the Energy Saving Trust found that a standard-sized house in the warmest part of Britain could make over £600 a year if you are lucky enough to be part of the feed-in scheme, which has now sadly ended for new customers.
Moving onto environmental concerns, many people want to know just how effective solar panels are at reducing their carbon footprint. The answer is that, of course, solar panels do indeed have an impact on both your footprint and indeed the UK’s as a whole. The National Grid estimated that PV solar panels ave around 1.2 tonnes of CO2 a year which is a substantial amount.
Solar panels harness the planet’s natural resources without draining water supplies or generating any noise. This means that you are using a clean fuel, without damaging the planet or annoying any of your surrounding neighbours.
Peak electricity hours
One extra cherry on top of using solar panels is maximising the use of peak electricity hours. These hours are between 11:00 and 16:00 which also happens to be the time that the sun is at its strongest. This means that you will be maximising not only the use of the sun but also its energy and money-saving potential. You can watch television or brew a cup of tea knowing that you’re less likely to pay an extortionate price for using fossil fuels during the daytime.
There’s no question about it: using solar panels is an effective way of using clean energy to power your home. While you won’t be able to power your whole house on the sun’s energy alone, you will be saving substantial amounts of money. You will also be counteracting against the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, which will not only contribute to your electricity bill, but to global warming as well.