Save Money With Solar Energy

February 29, 2012 by Liam Raikes  
Filed under Family

While it is possible to save, and even make money with solar energy, this is a long way from being a get rich quick scheme. You have to be prepared to play the long game and wait for returns on your investment. If you are prepared to do that though then you can make a lot of money.

Save Money On Energy Bills

How much money you will be able to save is going to come down to the sort of system that is installed. You can either get PV solar panels or a solar thermal system, and in terms of savings every year you will be able to get over 100 with solar panels for your home.

As time goes by though you are probably going to see more and more savings, for the simple reason that conventional energy prices are predicted to carry on rising. Even as you produce the same amount of free energy, it will actually become more valuable and save you more.

Feed In Tariff

The feed in tariff is a government scheme which pays out for every unit of energy produced from your solar system. This scheme specifically applies to renewable electricity production, and it is in addition to the savings you’ll naturally be making as described above.

You will automatically qualify for this scheme if you use MCS accredited solar installers for the solar installation. Once the system has been set up it will take care of itself, monitoring how much energy you’re producing and paying you for every kilowatt hour of it.

This is a scheme that is guaranteed for 25 years, but solar cells add a significant amount to the value of your house so if you move before that time is up you will still be getting a financial benefit. It’s not possible to calculate precisely how much money would be generated of course, as it depends on the size and type of system. On average though it amounts to one thousand pounds a year.

Renewable Heat Incentives

You will be able to make use of the renewable heat incentive when it becomes available in 2011 for non-domestic users, and if you want it for your residence you’ll be able to use it from 2012. As with the feed in tariff, you’ll be paid for every unit of energy produced by the system.

In this case though, instead of electrical energy it will be heat energy. This is what applies to the solar thermal systems then, which heat your hot water.

Again, precisely how much you will get every year is impossible to say, and it might not be quite so much as you would get with a PV solar system but the installation costs should also be lower. The percentage return you will get is likely to be similar though.

What’s So Important About Renewable Energy?

Moving away from the personal financial gains for a moment, there is a wider societal importance to renewable energy. This comes in two areas, the environment and economic advantages.

By now everyone will have heard of the advantages to the environment in using renewable energy. It’s important in this respect because for every unit of energy produced cleanly, that is a unit of energy that does not have to be produced by burning fossil fuels. The reason that’s important is because through that’s how carbon dioxide is released, causing global warming.

While the survival of the environment is at stake, it is just as important for economic reasons because the economy is also at stake. Non-renewable energy forms will inevitably run out one day, so if we’re not using another form of energy to run the economy by that time it will completely collapse.

So it is very important that everyone that is able to gets involved with renewable energy sources like solar power, and there is an added bonus now for those that do as they will get a significant financial advantage.

You could obtain a free quote regarding solar panel installations for your home from the website Jonathan Raikes frequently writes articles at, Solar Energy UK.


How Good Is Solar Energy In The UK?

January 7, 2012 by Liam Raikes  
Filed under Environment

With the UK not having a particularly warm or sunny climate, how much use can you get out of solar energy? That is what this article is going to explore. We’ll look at how solar cells work, what the environmental and financial benefits are, and so whether solar energy uk production is actually worth it.

How Solar Panels Work

With the UK being under cloud cover for much of the time, how much usage are you going to be able to get out of solar panels? The answer is a lot, because they do still work whether it is cloudy or not. That is not to say, however, that they do not work better, creating more electricity, when it is hot and sunny, but they do work. The reason for this is that they rely on light, not heat, to create electricity.

It is actually very complicated how this works, so this will only be a very brief overview. It comes down to the fact that they are made of light sensitive semi-conductive materials though. What this means is that when a photon (a particle of light) hits a solar cell it frees an electron. The flow of electrons is what electricity is, so solar cells can be set up in such a way that this creates a current of electricity.

The more energy the electrons are hit with though, the more electricity is created. So the more energy is in the light, the brighter it appears, the more energy the electrons will get. So they certainly do perform to a higher standard in warmer climates, but they will work just about anywhere.

The Environmental Benefits

On a global level solar energy is very important because of the effects that it has on the environments. Actually it would be more accurate to say that it is important because of the lack of effects it has. The normal sorts of energy that we use do have effects, we generally have to burn something and this can cause pollution and it usually means that carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere as well. This is the way that man-made global warming is created.

In terms of the environment, the main benefit they have is that they are clean. That’s why, strictly speaking, they don’t have any positive or negative effects on the environment. At least in isolation they do not, but when you consider that we have to get our energy from either clean or polluting sources, the more we get from clean sources the less we need polluting forms of energy. So that’s the way solar energy benefits the environment.

What Are The Economic Benefits?

It is an undeniable fact that one day non-renewable energy will run out. Even before that happens though, it will be too expensive to extract from the ground, meaning more energy will be needed to get it out than it will provide. When that happens, if we’re not already getting our energy from renewable sources the economy will collapse. We simply won’t have the energy for it to keep going. That’s the future benefits to the economy of solar energy.

On an individual level though, the benefits can be felt right now. These come in the form of savings, because you are not going to have to pay so much on energy bills when you are using solar energy. It also comes in the form of the feed in tariff though, which actually pays you money for the energy created. The reason this scheme is in place is to encourage people to use more solar energy so that we can get the aforementioned environmental benefits.

You can get a free quote on solar cells for your house from the website Oscar Watson also writes at, Solar Energy UK.