5 reasons to use solar panels at home
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As you know, we love our solar panels here at Chez Green.
We currently have two small panels that run the downstairs lighting but we plan to install more as finances allow.
During the winter we had several power cuts; living in a small village it’s not uncommon for us to have such blips in the electricity supply. These cuts have made me reflect on the wonders of microgeneration technologies, so today, I want to share some of the main reasons for why I love solar!
Every time you use a solar panel to generate electricity you’re reducing your carbon footprint and increasing the energy efficiency of your home.
According to MyRedlandRoof, suppliers of solar power roofs, an average domestic solar energy system will provide about 40% of the energy requirements for a household. The Energy Saving Trust say a typical home solar PV system could save over a tonne of CO2 per year.
The thing I’ve noticed most about having solar panels is that we’re now more naturally energy conscious, especially during the winter. We know that we have a certain amount of electricity stored for lighting and once we use it all – the lights go out!
It goes without saying that once the solar panels are installed there is little to do except sit back and start saving money. Every ten years or so you need to replace the inverter, and we’ve chosen to buy a new battery, but apart from that solar is maintenance free.
I like the feeling of being ‘off-grid’, even if it’s only for our lights. I enjoy the sense of independence and self-sufficiency. None of us know what the future holds: how reliable our energy supplies will be or how much energy will cost, so I feel good about putting these self-sufficient measures in place.
As I mentioned earlier, we live in a village that is prone to power cuts. Several times the council have cut trees and severed an overhead power line, or storms have brought down others, plunging us into darkness!
It’s a great feeling to be able to continue ‘as normal’ in regards to lighting. Sure, candles are romantic, and torches are fun but it’s not so much fun when you find the torch has run out of batteries or you’ve misplaced the matches…
I’m not sure of the exact figure but it seems certain to me that solar panels are an asset to your home. More and more of us, even if we’re not ‘green’, look favourably at saving money, so for every panel we buy means we’re adding value to our home.
One source reckoned solar panels add around 4% to the value of your home, while another said an average rate was £10k per house. Either way it looks good to me.
Do any of you have solar panels at home? What do you love most about them?
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