Solar panels are a great way to conserve energy and save you money in the long run, but it’s very important to consider factors such as their efficiency when deciding whether to install them.
Keep reading to understand if solar panels are right for your household!
Why might solar panels be a good investment for you?
Although installing solar panels can be a major decision, installing solar panels has numerous benefits and rewards. Take a look at some key benefits:
- They are easy to install and maintain compared to other renewable energy solutions
- They often generate more electricity than you need, so you can export any extra back to the grid and make a little money
- Source of renewable energy, so they help to reduce your carbon footprint – and therefore your home energy bills.
Why is the efficiency of your solar panels important?
How well your solar panels convert sunlight into electricity varies, based on the make of your solar panels, but they should generally maintain a good level of power output for 25-years.
More expensive panels can have a higher performance guarantee, however you might not actually need the extra energy produced, so the cost is not always worth it.
As solar panels have been around for a long while now, it is important to remember how advanced the technology has become. Even on the dullest of days, where no sunlight is shining, solar panels will still generate electricity. Many have been built to capture light in all weathers; no matter how bright or dull – so you can rely on your solar panels all year round.
Could the efficiency of your solar panels drop to lower than 100%?
There are so many ways in which solar panels vary. The levels of efficiency could be impacted in so many different ways, such as:
- The material they are made of, e.g. mono-crystalline or poly-crystalline.
- The direction they are facing
- Weather and geographical location
Speaking with the experts here at the Renewable Energy Advice Line, we’d advise you on the right solution you’d need for your home. Carrying out a free home assessment, we’d be able to determine the size you’d need to provide enough power to your home, which direction is best and leave you with information on how to make the most of your new system.
What else can you do to power your home when efficiency is low?
If you have pre-existing solar panels, but aren’t quite ready to replace them, installing a solar powered battery is a great way to ensure that excess energy is not wasted but instead stored for the times you do need it.
This way, if your solar panels are not performing as well, you can rely on energy stored in your battery. Even if you don’t use it yourself, the Smart Export Guarantee tariffs can pay you for any energy you export to the National Grid.
Alternatively, if you chose to store your energy, in the event of a power outage your home will still have power!
Now that you’ve had a crash-course in the efficiency of solar panels, take a look at our website to learn more about how to install! Our team of experts can talk you through the full range of benefits, how the solution would work at your home and arrange an installation.
As the world becomes more energy conscious, it is important to do your bit to reduce your carbon footprint – but to also future-proof your home.
There are a range of renewable energy solutions available; which in the long-run, will benefit your household and your pocket.