6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Sunny Brits install solar panels to cut fuel bills

PUBLISHED: 08:33 26 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:54 20 February 2013

Sunny Brits install solar panels to cut fuel bills

Sunny Brits install solar panels to cut fuel bills

OPTIMISTIC Brits are fitting solar panels in the hope of a hot summer in 2011, say energy efficiency experts.

OPTIMISTIC Brits are fitting solar panels in the hope of a hot summer in 2011, say energy efficiency experts.


Extreme conditions have encouraged record numbers of homeowners to install solar panels according to regulator Ofgem. The devices have been fitted to 6,688 homes since April this year.


Having faced a summer of extremes baking in temperatures of up to 27C and battling storms which hammered the county, many Brits are expecting similar conditions in 2011.


In April, the government changed its scheme to reward people who generate their own energy. UK households face a 300 a year rise in gas and electricity bills, making the panels even more attractive.


Marc Blomfield, energy expert and managing director of The National EPC Company, said:


Were finding an increasing number of clients asking about solar panels and the benefits and savings they can bring. It makes sense to investigate as the more energy efficient your property is, the more attractive it will be to tenants or buyers. Having solar panels cuts electricity bills, reduces your propertys CO2 emissions and can improve the EPC rating.


The government is offering to pay property owners up to 600 (1,000 if their properties are bigger) if they install the panels.


Homeowners now receive 41.3p for every unit of energy they generate regardless of whether they use the energy or sell it back to the National Grid.


After the panels are installed, the tariff is paid for 25 years and increases in line with inflation.


The Energy Saving Trust calculates that on average panels can generate about 700 a year from the feed-in tariff, as well as saving homeowners around 100 a year on energy bills

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Hertfordshire