Are solar panels worth it in the UK?

Drone photo of solar panel installation on a detached home

By joining over 1 million UK homeowners who have switched to solar panels for their energy, you can help to pave the way for a brighter future. The way that we use energy is changing as we move away from polluting fossil fuels. With solar panels for your home, you have the opportunity to generate your own guilt-free energy, giving you independence from the UK National Grid.

A solar panel system will generate plenty of free energy for you to use. The more solar energy you can use in the day to power your home, the less you will need to draw from the UK National Grid, saving you hundreds of pounds a year. Solar panels may also increase the value of your home; a property with a great energy efficiency rating and low energy bills is a hugely attractive feature for potential buyers.

How do solar panels work?

During the day, solar panels on your roof turn sunlight into DC electricity. An inverter within your home will turn the DC energy into AC so that you can use this energy to power all of your home appliances. You can also store excess energy in a battery to use during the evenings too!

Working from home

As many people in the UK are currently working from home, a trend that has continued after the COVID-19 pandemic. Working from home presents many people to work flexible hours and saves the business on costly bills and rent. Having solar panels installed for your home will reduce your bills significantly, especially with a solar battery. If you are on a cheap Time-Of-Use tariff you can top up your battery with cheap off-peak tariffs and use your free electricity during the daytime.

Solar myth bust

Myth: “Solar panels don’t work in the UK, it’s not sunny enough!”

Truth: Solar panels do not need direct sunlight to work, they simply work from ambient daylight and therefore, will power your home all year round.

Myth: “Solar power is too new, it’s better to wait until the technology advances.”

Truth: The technology behind solar is more than 100 years old and technology advances have allowed the cost of panels to be significantly reduced — meaning there has never been a better time to invest in solar!

Myth: “Solar panels will make my home look unattractive.”

Truth: With a variety of modern solar panel options and colours, your solar panel installation will be a modern home improvement that you can be proud to show off.