What are solar panels and how can they help me? Let’s take a look!
On this page you’ll find loads of detailed information about solar panels and how they can help you power your home and the differences between them and traditional measures.
What are solar panels?
Why should I get them?
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels, are devices that harness sunlight to generate electricity for your home. They consist of numerous solar cells that convert sunlight into usable electrical power. These panels are typically installed on your roof or property, where they capture sunlight and turn it into clean, renewable energy.
Here are the four most beneficial advantages of solar panels for homeowners in the UK:
Reduced Energy Bills: Solar panels can significantly lower your electricity bills, saving you money over the long term.
Environmental Benefits: Solar panels produce clean, renewable energy, reducing your carbon footprint and contributing to a greener environment.
Earn Money: You can earn money by selling excess electricity back to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG).
Increased Property Value: Solar panels can increase the resale value of your home, making it more appealing to potential buyers and a smart long-term investment.
How much can I save?
More efficiency, less energy spend
Domestic solar power has been growing massively in the UK in recent years, with popularity surging amidst costs of energy rising. Government subsidies exist both for solar panel installation and additionally the buying back of excess electricity that goes unused by your property. Solar panels and solar power can generate significant cost savings for UK residents, even up here in Scotland where the sun likes to hide away!
It is estimated that solar panels can save between £100 and £270 per year on energy bills for the average home in the UK, with it varying depending on where you live and the type of system installed. The typical issue with Solar energy is the high cost to get the panels and electrical systems installed, but, once that’s been done the energy is essentially free. We have various funding sources that are available that could mean your family don’t need to pay a penny towards solar installations!
Is it really free?
How do I get access to funding?
Got a burning question?
Here's our frequently asked questions
No, thankfully, given we’re in Scotland we don’t see the bright sun all that often. Solar panels are still effective at generating sufficient electricity in climates like ours.
It’s always best to routinely have your solar panels cleaned as this will mean they’re at their most efficient.
Solar panels last between 25 and 30 years in the UK, so a long time with a lot of savings over that time!
Yes, please get in touch with us to learn more about the warranty included in our installations.
In general, UK households can save anywhere from 20% to 70% on their energy bills by installing solar panels, according to estimates from the Energy Saving Trust.
Want to hear from people who've experienced it?
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Here's what some of our happy customers say
I have just had the heating system installed in my home. What a difference! I have been so cold for many years and now the house is lovely and warm and is so comfortable. The solar panels have made a difference already on the heating Bills. Down by approximately 30% already. I was worried about the upheaval of the process, but the team was so helpful I didn’t need to worry. All of the specialists who came to my house were helpful, courteous and tidy. The quality of finish was perfect, and they overcame any problems with grace. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity to change my lifestyle. There really is no downside. Thank you to all who made this happen to me.
Just wanted to make sure that you knew what a great team of professionals you deal with. Every one of the guys involved has been efficient and shown nothing but respect to our property and to John and myself Don’t remember everyone’s name apart from Scott and Ross, but everyone has been great, from the guys surveying the property, the chaps that did the loft insulation, the cavity wall insulation, the solar panel installers, the electricians. Please pass on our comments and thanks to them and to any I have omitted to mention. This includes all of you that have dealt with me on the phone. Oh and George, who did the Air pressure testing… I was worried about the upheaval of the process, but the team was so helpful I didn’t need to worr...
Having recently had insulation, solar and a heat pump installed through ECOT I can honestly say that all teams involved were professional and tidy. We love the heat pump as our old sandstone cottage is always warm. Russell, our contact at ECOT kept us informed of developments and supported us through the funding process. If you are considering the Eco4 grant, this is the way to do it.