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Why add solar panels to my home?

Plug in the power of solar

Solar panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that you can use in your home, and can even work on cloudy days. They could help you to reduce your electricity bills and add to the value of your home, if you’re looking to sell.

Could solar panels save me money?

After the cost of installation is paid, the electricity generated from solar panels is free, which could help you reduce the cost of your electricity bill.

If you generate more electricity than you need, you could also sell this back to the National Grid.

A South facing, unshaded roof will help maximise the electricity generated, and the potential savings on your electricity bills.

Solar electricity is renewable, making it not only good for your pocket but the planet too. A typical home with solar panels could reduce their emissions by one tonne of carbon per year (Energy Saving Trust, May 2022).

Solar Energy Calculator

The Energy Saving Trust's solar energy calculator could help you better understand the potential costs and savings of adding solar panels to your home.

What is the Smart Export Guarantee?

If you decide to install solar PV panels, the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) enables small-scale generators of renewable electric energy to receive payments from electricity suppliers for the electricity they export back to the National Grid, providing certain criteria are met.

Could adding solar panels increase the value of my home?

Yes, adding solar panels to your home could increase the value of your property by around £1,800 - and potentially reduce the average energy bill by almost a third -  according to research by Solar Energy UK (October 2021).

The research also suggests that energy bills are likely to reduce quicker as more of us switch to electric power by installing new, green technology such as heat pumps and electric vehicle home charge points in our homes.

Top questions about solar panels answered

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