Home Solar Panels

Creating energy and electricity for your home from the natural power of the sun is a positive step in both giving your home some self-sufficiency in terms of energy production and also reducing your carbon emissions. Sunlight is free so once you have taken the step to install solar panels there are no ongoing costs other than basic maintenance (keeping them clean and free of debris to ensure maximum performance). There are two broad types of solar panel for the home. You can buy solar heating panels which directly heat your home water or you can by solar electric panels (photovoltaic panels) which contribute to the electricity supply in your house.

Both types of panel can involve an initial outlay which often deters people from investing in this clean technology, especially as payback times (the money you save by producing your own energy and electricity pays back the initial investment in buying the panels) can often be relatively high. In saying that, when you produce your own electricity and energy at home you are saving money on your electricity bills and with time investing in solar panels does pay off.

Electricity is generated from solar photovoltaic panels even on cloudy days so you don't necessarily have to live in a sunny location to benefit from solar panels.

Professional Solar Panel Installation Costs

If you are interested in installing solar panels to produce electricity for your home, the eco experts are a company who will put you in touch with MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accredited solar panel suppliers and installers so that you can compare costs and quotes. We would certainly recommend you use accredited solar panel installers and obtain several quotes so that you can be confident you are using competent suppliers and paying a fair price for the work. When you use an MCS accredited suppliers you gain the added benefit of being able to earn cash from any excess electricity you generate under the UK government's Feed in Tariff.

Before embarking upon any installation of solar panels for the home it is important that you consider a few criteria to check that your home is actually suitable for solar panel technology.

Solar Panel Installation Criteria

1 - Roof position - You need a sloping roof that faces south or within 90 degrees of south. South facing roofs produce the most electricity throughout the year due to the positioning of the sun during it's yearly cycle. Your roof should not be shaded, such as by trees or other buildings, as to produce electricity a solar panel needs to receive the sun's rays directly. Shading during part of the day will affect how much energy a solar panel generates.

2 - Roof strength - Your roof will need to be strong enough to support the solar panel system you are putting on it. You may also need planning permission in some circumstances especially in environmentally sensitive areas, although, in most general cases, such permission is not required. Your solar panel installer should be abe to advise you on both of these points.

3 - Cost and type of solar panel - You do need to consider and compare the cost of installing solar photovoltaic panels and decide if you are going to incorporate them into your roof or place them on top. Again speak to your supplier about the options available to you.

Advantages of Installing Solar Panels (photovoltaic) for Electricity

1 - You can save money off of your annual electricity bills. Depending on the solar photovoltaic panel system you install, it's situation and how you use it, it can be possible to save up to 40% off of your annual electricity bill. With rising energy costs, this is an attractive benefit.

2 - Cut your carbon emissions - Solar power is a green technology and no carbon dioxide is emitted during the operation of the solar panel, unlike the majority of conventional electricity production methods.

3 - Earn from the Feed in Tariff - Any excess electricity you produce at home can be sold back to the grid, plus you receive a generation tariff. Read more about these schemes at the eco experts website. You must use an MCS supplier and installer in order to qualify for the Feed in Tariff schemes. They will provide you with a FIT certificate which you will have to present to your energy supplier in order to earn from these tariffs.The eco experts will put you in touch only with MCS accredited suppliers and installers.