Most of us will already have a good understanding of the benefits of solar energy and its positive impact on the environment and sustainability – but what about our personal lives? If you are thinking about how you can significantly decrease your energy bill without having to sacrifice your daily comforts and way of life, harnessing the power of the sun can be just the answer you need. More homeowners are now making the switch to solar energy with their solar panel arrays, and here are the top five reasons why.

       1.      Freedom from the grid

This is, next to the chance to save more money, the most compelling reason why more people are switching to solar energy via their solar panel installation. It’s closely related to saving on your electric bill after all – if you have your solar panel system, you can have more freedom from the grid, and you will not be as greatly affected by the cost of fuel. Your energy source will never be monopolised or bought, and it will remain free for the foreseeable future. When you have your system installed, you can take advantage of an independent energy source that belongs only to you.

       2.      Enhance your home’s value

Although millions of homeowners in the country are interested in installing an array and thousands have already done so, many of these individuals may not even be aware of the value an installation can give to their properties. In short, your home’s value can increase just because you have a solar panel system. The attraction of one’s very own source of energy is undoubtedly tempting to many of us, and according to the DECC, domestic improvements that save energy, like solar panel installations, could increase the value of a property by as much as £16k. Even if you are thinking of a move in the future, you can still recover your investment once you decide to sell your property, as confirmed by www.atlanticrenewables.co.uk, specialists in solar installations.

       3.      Reduce your bills

It may be one of the most apparent benefits of having a solar installation, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless because it’s another prime reason why more homeowners are choosing to have solar energy. Since you will no doubt be able to meet a good portion of your energy requirements with a solar array, you can reduce your electric bills significantly. Not only this – you can also earn some money, thanks to the Smart Export Guarantee or SEG scheme when you sell your extra power to the grid.

The amount you save will depend on your solar array’s size and your electric consumption, but it can be quite substantial, more than a hundred pounds a year.    

       4.      A renewable source of energy

When you make the switch to solar energy, you can reduce your carbon emissions and carbon footprint. Moreover, it’s an energy source that is entirely renewable – which means it will never run out. Unlike a standard generator system, solar energy doesn’t produce CO2 or any other pollutant.  Some studies also show that homes with solar panels could potentially save approximately a tonne of carbon dioxide every year.

        5.     Earn money

As mentioned, when you have surplus power from your solar panel array, you can sell it back through the SEG scheme. With this scheme, you can earn extra income from the government for 20 or so years.

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