We’re all trying to live our lives more sustainably. We’re cycling to work more, eating less
meat, taking shorter showers, and becoming more conscious about our energy use. But for
households that want to go the extra mile in making their households more renewable, the idea
of fitting solar panels may be very appealing.
At the time of writing, there are over 900,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels fitted to homes all
over the country, and over 400 solar farms across the UK. While we may not be known for our
stunning climate, we’re nonetheless a nation that’s seriously invested in solar power. But, of
course, solar panels do require some upfront investment. So, are solar panels worth it? Here
are some reasons why we believe that they are…
Get paid by your energy supplier
The Switch-Plan team is used to helping energy suppliers save money on their bills. But did you
know that they can also help you to get paid by your energy supplier for power that you
generate with solar panels? If you’re not sure about investing in solar panels, they may be able
to help you make a better informed decision.
Via a special tariff called the Smart Export Guarantee, suppliers will pay you by the kilowatt hour
for excess energy that you feed back into the national grid. You can find out more about the
SEG scheme here. Some suppliers pay more than others under this scheme. The folks at Switch-Plan can help you find the best SEG tariff for your household.
Save big money on your energy bills
Not only do solar panels help you to live more renewable, they can also make for huge savings
on your energy bills. Combined with payments made under the Smart Export Guarantee, a solar
panel installation could save you big money on the grid energy that you use. It’s hard to predict
exactly how much, as different areas of the country get better sun coverage than others.
However, there’s potential for savings of up to £360 per year, allowing you to eventually make
back your investment.
Add value to your home
The installation of solar panels can potentially make your home more valuable and desirable.
Although solar panels don’t always add to the monetary value of your home, it can most
certainly add to your home’s sellability when you’re ready to move on. In fact, it’s estimated that
4 out of 10 homebuyers consider solar panels to be a desirable extra for a property.
Remember, you don’t need to fit solar panels to benefit from solar power
We may have a reputation for having a grim and gloomy climate. But solar power accounts for a
a significant proportion of our national energy mix, with a total capacity of over 13,000 megawatts.
Even if you decide that solar panels aren’t a good fit for your home at the moment, that doesn’t
mean that your household can’t benefit from solar power. There are a host of green energy
suppliers to choose from that incorporate solar power as part of their energy mix.
Once again, the team over at Switch-Plan will be able to find the perfect 100% renewable
energy tariff for your needs from a wide range of suppliers. So you can enjoy greener energy
while also saving money. And should you choose to install solar panels at a later date, they’ll be
able to find the supplier with the best SEG rates. For more information about Switch Plan, you
can visit their website here.