Solar panels would help government achieve green targets

Solar panels could soon become a far more prominent component of homes in this country, as the government continues to try and implement its ‘green’ home improvements.

The Energy and Climate Change Secretary last month announced the government’s new plans for a green transformation of British homes to cut emissions from homes by 29% by 2020, and solar panels could have a key part to play.

The green homes, warmer homes strategy will enable homeowners to gain access to ‘pay as you save’ finance for green home improvements and make smarter use of the energy in their homes. The government aims to help seven million households to benefit from eco upgrades, which in turn will create up to 65,000 jobs in the green home industry.

This means that more people may start to lead a more eco-friendly way of life, like using solar panels to provide solar water heating systems, for example.

The roof provides an enormous amount of space for solar panels to be fitted. Solar panels could actually save energy, as they capture elements’ of power from the sun’s radiation, which can then be used as solar energy to heat water or convert into electricity.

There is a general misunderstanding that you need continuous sunlight for solar panels to work. However, solar panels can convert any form of light that hits it and will still be effective even on a cloudy or rainy day.

There are a number of thermal solar panels, such as flat plat collectors and cylindrical evacuated tube collectors, which can convert heat radiated by the sun to warm up water.

Solar panels could also save money. Heating systems fuelled by solar energy can reportedly save up to 70% in hot water energy bills.

New sustainability rules for buildings have additionally been unveiled north of the border this month, which may also eventually lead to the installation of more solar panels in Scotland.

The standards will come into effect in the autumn and have been launched in order to improve energy efficiency in Scottish homes.

The Scottish government claims that better energy standards will help the country’s buildings reduce their emissions by 30 per cent on last year’s  levels.

The infrastructure minister in Scotland, said: “I expect higher demand for small scale renewable technologies as developers look at ways to meet the new standards, giving Scotland new opportunities for jobs and investment in low carbon industries.”

What better way to save money on energy bills and reduce your dependency on non-renewable forms of electricity, than to create your own energy at home through the installation of solar panels?

Although very few people currently use solar panels for home use in the UK, there are signs that attitudes are changing, largely due to the fact that more homeowners are now aware that solar panels could actually save energy and money.

Anyone thinking of investing in solar panels, which are surprisingly affordable, should go to a manufacturer that specialises in solar panels like Sunshine Solar, Solar Twin Ltd or MAP Environmental. Although there are a number of different varieties of solar panels, you should make your decision based on the size of your home and the space you have available.