7 Interesting Facts About Solar Panels
With the ever-increasing energy prices, homeowners are understanding the need to do something to lower their electricity bills and protect their home from future price rises. Solar panels are the most effective energy generation system for domestic properties and installing them to your home is one of the best ways you can save on energy bills. Solar technology is always improving and getting more efficient, so it’s no question as to why people are investing in the energy saving systems and why UK installations doubled in June 2020. As well as this, consumers are more environmentally aware than ever before, and are understanding the benefits of renewables to reduce carbon emissions. Here we give you 7 of our favourite solar panel benefits and facts…
1. Solar power is the most abundant energy source on the Earth
20 days of solar generation can create the same amount of energy as all the Earths fossil fuels combined. Just 1 hour of solar energy that has landed on Earth’s surface equates to the total energy consumption of every individual on the planet!
2. Solar panels will produce power without direct sunlight
It’s common for people living in countries like Scotland to question the effectiveness of solar panels… however, even on cloudy and rainy days, solar cells will still generate a surprising amount of electricity. This is because solar panels work by taking in photons, and these are taken in from daylight regardless of how sunny it is.
Of course, during the months with less daylight hours, less power will be generated, however you can be rest assured that they do not come to standstill, and overall are still well worth the investment – especially now with the increase in electricity prices.
3. An increased use of solar energy improves world health
Using more solar energy means using less energy from burning fossil fuels, and burning fossil fuels such as gas, coal, and oil, creates toxic pollution. This means increasing solar usage makes a cleaner environment for the population.
4. Solar panels can power airplanes
In 2016, a solar powered plane travelled 25,000 miles around the world without a single drop of liquid fuel. If that doesn’t prove the power of solar, we don’t know what will!
5. Installing solar panels to your home will increase the property value
Mortgage provider ING Direct revealed last year that 4 in 10 people consider solar panels as the most desired extra on a home according to their independent study. Value is created in the ability to save on energy bills especially after the 50% increase on the electricity price cap in 2022, explaining the results of new research by Effectivehome.co.uk revealing that homes with solar systems can boost selling prices by up to 14%.
6. Solar panels can power an entire home and beyond
Solar panel installations on domestic properties are designed to match the daily energy consumption levels of the members of the household. Sometimes solar panels will generate over and above the home’s requirements, and at this point energy will either be exported back to the national grid, or you can have a battery installed to keep your own personal backup supply.
7. You can charge an electric vehicle using your homes solar panels
With the eventual phasing out of petrol and diesel vehicles on the horizon, many people are making the switch to electric cars already. When you pair solar panels with an electric car, and a home EV charger, you will save on fuel costs even further and massively lower your carbon footprint. Greener Energy Group currently offer a free EV charger with all solar panel installations, so you can prepare for the electric future before demand increases.
There is no denying that solar energy is an amazing way to limit the burning of fossil fuels and save homeowners on energy bills. The fact is, solar energy is not going anywhere and the longer you wait to install your own solar panels, the more savings you’re missing out on. Find out how much you could save…