With the rising cost of energy and the hazards burning fossil fuels bring to the environment, people are seeking alternative energy sources. Solar energy is proving to be one of the most efficient energy sources, as it comes from the sun.
Harnessing the sun’s power and converting it to electricity is one of the best options. Solar technologies continue to evolve, helping to lower the monthly expenses on energy. The drawback is that the initial investment to switch to solar power remains high.
What you should consider
Before anything else, you should look at all the aspects to understand how you can benefit from a solar energy system installation.
One of the things to consider is the efficiency of the solar panel you are going to get. However, the panel’s effectiveness may not translate into economic benefits.
Several factors will decide whether upgrading to a solar energy system is beneficial for you. The factors include your roof’s architectural design, geographic location, panel placement, amount of shading in your home, and temperature. You should not forget the need for a residential battery storage.
The efficiency of the solar panels equates to the measurement of energy output according to the specific area’s surface. Therefore, a more efficient panel means it will occupy a smaller space on the roof. Again, there’s a caveat: an efficient solar panel does not equate to it being cost-effective.
Geographic location is a deciding factor
One of the essential things to consider when thinking of installing a solar power system is your geographic location. The further south you are located, the more you’ll get from your solar power system. It’s because, in the UK, the further south you go, the more sunshine you’ll get.
To compare, if you are in Stirling, Scotland, the homeowner will be able to save and earn about £280. Using the same system in London, the owner will get £320.
Consider which direction your roof faces
Aside from your geographic location, the direction your roof faces is another aspect to consider. Ideally, the part of the roof that is fit to install the solar panels should face south or south-west, to maximise the amount of sunlight the panels will receive.
If the only suitable part of your roof faces north, it is best not to consider solar power. Your system will not be able to generate the amount of energy your house requires.
Lowering installation costs
Solar panels are not as expensive as in the past. Across the UK, it is now more common to see homes with solar panels in Manchester and many other cities. Ecologically, it is a useful and cleaner source of energy.
In the past, homeowners were hesitant to consider installing solar panels because they thought that there were several issues regarding the installation of the panels and running the system. In most cases, homeowners do not need to secure planning permission, and they can change energy supplier if they want. Homeowners are also eligible for renewable energy subsidies from the government.