Editors Note: The following content has been provided by freelance writer Ali Peebles.
On the back of considerable research showing that energy-efficient homes could equate to savings for many homeowners, several people are now considering the idea of making their home’s energy supply more sustainable and renewable.
According to estimates from The Solar Trade Association, the UK currently has approximately 900,00 homes that have solar PVs installed. However, with the UK’s solar power capacity continuously growing and amid increasing interest, homeowners have become much more common to install solar power in their homes.
However, before you sign up for full-time solar power in your home, there are a few things you need to think about.
Why Should You Consider Solar Power For Your Home?
The leading reason for considering solar panels for your home is the long-term cost benefits you will enjoy. Each year, you could be saving valuable cash off of your energy bills.
According to research recently, homes in London could see a £100 to £270 annual savings in their energy bills. For areas like Manchester, energy bills could decrease by up to £230. Further research by comparison website, MoneySupermarket claimed that solar panels could save you up to £200 each year.
If you are worried about the space a traditional solar panel setup can take up, the use of mobile sun-powered alternators can provide some of the same benefits, with less space.
Can You Get Help With The Costs Of Installing Solar Power In Your Home?
While solar panels are an investment, there are ways to offset the initial costs. Although the UK does not have grants like other countries, the Green Deal program offers loans for efficient home improvements.
Additional Considerations When Installing Solar Power?
While you typically do not need to apply for planning permissions to install solar panels, there are some exceptions.
In April 2008, solar panels were categorised as permitted development, meaning residential homeowners to install solar panels without applying for planning permission. However, despite this, there are two clearly outlined cases where planning permission would need to be sought.
Suppose your home is located in a conservation area or categorised as a listed building. In that case, you will need planning permission from your relevant council before you can install a solar panel. You will also need to demonstrate that the roof can hold the intended number of solar panels.
In addition, you may also need to think about how your home’s market value may be affected by the installation of solar panels. Recent research has estimated that residential solar panels can increase a home’s value by £30,000.
Depending on where your house is located, a solar panel can also see a considerable uplift in its market value after installing solar panels. For instance, homes in London saw a £90,000 boost in their market value.
However, in some cases, the aesthetic appeal of solar panels can actually negatively impact the home’s market value.
With increasingly clear benefits of installing solar panels, declining cost, and a great return over time, there are now more reasons to explore it for your own home.
Before making the decision, think about whether it is the right fit for you, how you can pay for it, and whether there are additional considerations you need to adjust for.