Energy-Efficient Home Solutions Powered by the Sun

In Raise Your Solar I.Q., Solar Advice by The LeverEdge

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When homeowners make home improvements like an extension or a loft conversion, they generally do not make energy efficiency upgrades beyond those required by the building code. However, installing energy efficient upgrades, such as solar-powered heating or hot water, will not only make your home warmer but also lower your energy bills.

If you need any remedial work or home improvements to either a roof or a loft conversion, now would be an ideal time to install solar panels. Scaffolding is a significant part of the solar installation costs, so by killing two birds with one stone, you are getting instant savings.

Solar panels are a great way to lower your energy bills and are a great way to help the environment. There are no direct greenhouse gas emissions because the electricity is made from sunlight, rather than burning fossil fuels.

Sunlight is a renewable energy source, meaning we will never run out of it. Coal and gas are fossil fuels and will eventually run out. Energy comes from the sun’s radiation and it can be converted into electricity or heat. It is freely available and, thanks to advances in technology, we can now harness even more of the solar energy that is continuously available to us.

You should see a saving on your electricity bill because you will be using power from your solar panels during the day rather than just the electricity grid. If you install a battery with your solar system, you can store any solar power not used during the day to use later. This should cut your electricity bill even further!

Solar systems are very low maintenance, with occasional cleaning and a regular health check by a qualified specialist, solar panels should last around 25 years plus.

Buying a home with solar panels translates into lower electricity costs. Solar panels will increase a home’s attractiveness on the market, similarly to homes with low property taxes, homes in better school districts, and homes with good Home Energy Ratings (a measurement of energy efficiency).

A study conducted by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) concluded that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% higher prices!

U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the sales price of the average home increased $17,000 with solar panels. That means that the payback when selling your property will likely pay for the installation and equipment itself, literally just giving you free energy in the meantime.

Here at The LeverEdge, we know solar. Providing clean, affordable alternatives for energy and reliable systems is what we do. Whether you are looking for a Solar PV system (PV is short for Photovoltaic, which in simple terms means a solar cell type that can convert energy into electricity) or a standalone Solar Water System, we have the right solution for you.

Rather than use unnecessary ‘technical jargon’, we simplify things so that you do not have to. We speak your language! To find out just how much The LeverEdge Solar systems can reduce your fuel bills, contact us today.

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