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How can Solar Panel Help Roof Energy Efficiency?

Money is tight nowadays so everyone and anyone are looking to save money. It is no wonder why there has been a rise in the number of people investing in solar panels for their roof to make huge savings in the long-term.

Solar is sustainable and renewable; power generated energy like fossil fuels is becoming costly due to its limited availability. But solar power is unrestricted and can substantially reduce a household’s bills.

Solar panels, renewable energy solution

The solar PV industry aims to provide half of all new U.S. electricity generation by 2025 and the same goes for the UK. The EU has the target for 20% of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 and according to government MPs, the UK is on target.

How can solar panels help roof energy efficiency? Installing the renewable energy solution will drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the property and provide power but without the hefty price tag.
Benefits include:

  • Long-term savings
    It is a costly process at first but installing solar panels will save you money in the future. Powered by the sun, the systems help the environment and reduce your monthly energy bills by hundreds of pounds. As long as you have the panels placed on your roof and they are in good working order, they will continue to produce heating or electricity.

    It has been proven that solar panels can provide a family of four with up to 65% of their hot water needs per year; and it has been estimated that solar PV can save you between £555 and £1,190 each year. In contrast, solar thermal can save you up to £400 cash back each year and a £300 grant, plus between £50 - £85 in savings on your bills.

  • Conserve energy
    Solar panels help to conserve energy, prevent pollution and cut one’s carbon footprint. Solar generates clean energy and it is considered to be one of the renewable sources of energy on the market. It does have some environmental impact in that energy is required to manufacture the photovoltaic cells and it does produce some waste products.

    What is more, if handled inappropriately it can lead to hazardous exposure to humans and the environment. But overall, it does not pollute the air and it is available in plenty. It does not contribute to global warming.

What do I need to consider?
There are various aspects which you need to take into account before installing solar panels on your roof and these consist of the orientation, practicality and size of the roof. You need to hire a specialist tradesperson to assess your roof to ensure it can accommodate the panels properly. Solar panels tend to be big and heavy so the roof needs to be able to support the weight whilst also adhering to regulations.

This article was written by Myredlandroof, one of the leading roofing specialists in the UK.

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