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Which Solar Energy System Is Right For My Home?

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From popular PV panels, to the wonder of WATTSTOR systems, solar energy is certainly having its heyday-and with good reason.

Over the past few years, energy prices have risen considerably. Although switching is certainly a viable option, green energy options, such as solar, are attracting interest from homeowners nationwide.

Not only are they a greener solution-they also provide free electricity and hot water as well.

However, with so many options on offer, and a minefield of information to wade through, knowing which choice is best for your circumstances is no easy feat.

With the above in mind, we’ve compiled the following guide to all things solar energy, including an overview of the options, how they compare, and, ultimately, how you stand to benefit long-term. Let’s begin… 

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Needless to say, generating your own electricity puts the power firmly back in your hands, enabling you to keep energy bills in check

Option 1: Solar PV Panels

As the cost of energy continues to rise, more and more homeowners are desperately seeking alternatives. One particularly popular option is the use of Solar PV panels. 

Contrary to widespread belief, these panels don’t need direct sunlight to function effectively; they also work well on overcast days, as they only need daylight to perform their purpose.

Needless to say, generating your own electricity puts the power firmly back in your hands, enabling you to keep energy bills in check.

In terms of suitability, most properties can have PV panels installed; the only instances where you are less likely to benefit is if your property is North-facing, substantially shaded by trees, or if you have several skylights within your roof.

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Solar tiles are significantly smaller than PV panels, making them an ideal choice for homeowners who want to incorporate a solar energy system, but have limited roof space to do so

Option 2: Solar Tiles

Similar to PV panels, solar tiles offer a seamless roofline profile that blends in with your existing roof.

Overall, the primary differences between the two products are down to both price and size. 

Solar tiles are significantly smaller than PV panels, making them an ideal choice for homeowners who want to incorporate a solar energy system, but have limited roof space to do so.

They are, however, a little pricier than PV panel equivalents. On the other hand, if you want to retain the existing aesthetics of your roof, yet still capitalise on the gains from solar, these tiles provide a discreet and dependable solution.

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Throughout the course of the day, the WATTSTOR system ‘banks’ up any excess energy you generate, storing the surplus in its battery for when its required

Option 3: Solar Storage

As far as ‘banks’ go, the WATTSTOR solar storage system is a bank you can count on.

Throughout the course of the day, the WATTSTOR system ‘banks’ up any excess energy you generate, storing the surplus in its battery for when its required.

The wonderful thing about the WATTSTOR solar storage system is that it can still continue to generate energy even in a power cut-right up until the battery is fully exhausted.

To put it bluntly, without a WATTSTOR system in place, in the event a power cut, your solar PV system would shut down. This makes a solar storage system a vital investment for your home.

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Solar iBoost works in tandem with a PV system, directing excess power normally destined for the grid to your existing immersion element instead

Option 4: Solar iBoost

If you have a South-facing home, then you would benefit from this worthwhile addition. 

Solar iBoost works in tandem with a PV system, directing excess power normally destined for the grid to your existing immersion element instead.

By doing so, you will receive free hot water from your PV array. Water is heated over the course of a day and is collected and ready for use when you so desire.

In respect of suitability, the following points provide an indicator of when it would be appropriate to install an iBoost:

•    You have on-site power generation
•    The distance between your water tank and utility meter is less than 30m
•    Energy usage in your household is less than the energy generated
•    You would like to reduce your water heating bills

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In terms of overall performance, the Thermodynamic Hot Water System is an enviable multi-tasker; producing efficient hot water in its own storage tank-whilst simultaneously heating the existing water cylinder in your home

Option 5: Thermodynamic Hot Water System

Boasting a rather impressive name, the thermodynamic hot water system also offers a multitude of benefits as well.

In terms of overall performance, it’s an enviable multi-tasker; producing efficient hot water in its own storage tank-whilst simultaneously heating the existing water cylinder in your home.

But how does it work?

Put simply, the cooling liquid goes into the atmospheric energy collection panel which absorbs the ambience of sun, rain, and wind, as well as other climatic factors.

The water is heated by the thermodynamic cycle condenser which transfers the collected energy to the water, heating it up in the process.

During the water heating process, the compressor increases the temperature of the water up to 55°C before it is transferred to an exchanger. Once the process has been completed, the liquid cools down, and the circuit is repeated.

If you’re hankering after a hot shower on the regular, this hot water system’s right up your street!

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If you’re a bit of an eco-warrior, then the cleaner energy provided by solar is an obvious boon; the energy is generated by natural means, rather than requiring a labour-intensive process that results in carbon emissions

What Are the Benefits of Investing in Solar Energy?

So…you’ve explored the options, but what about the benefits on offer? 

The range of advantages is truly staggering-especially if you compare solar to traditional gas and electric. 

If you’re a bit of an eco-warrior, then the cleaner energy provided by solar is an obvious boon; the energy is generated by natural means, rather than requiring a labour-intensive process that results in carbon emissions.

In addition to this, solar is a sufficiently secure investment, reducing your dependence on traditional energy, which, as we all well know, is subject to fluctuations.

What’s more, by investing in solar for your home, you’ll enjoy guaranteed performance for around 25 years on average-our solar products all come complete with a 25-year warranty to preserve your peace of mind.

But what if you envisage selling your home in a couple of years? Can you still stand to benefit from solar?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! When it comes to selling a home, energy efficiency is at the very top of most prospective buyers’ priority lists. An energy efficient home, (with an enviable EPC rating to match) is an attractive proposition to purchasers; with the demand for us all to be switched on 24/7 (and the high levels of energy required), smart energy management is vital.

Solar can certainly help contribute to reducing your reliance on electrical appliances, enabling you to meet the energy requirements for your home, without excessive outlay to do so.

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Our free site survey service will enable us to assess the suitability of your roof for solar, and, if unsuitable, provide alternative suggestions you might not have considered

How Can I Check My Property Is Suitable for A Solar Energy System?

It’s simple-talk to our team today! We provide all manner of energy efficient solutions for UK properties, enabling you to make your home work for you-rather than the other way around!

Our free site survey service will enable us to assess the suitability of your roof for solar, and, if unsuitable, provide alternative suggestions you might not have considered. 

The roof inspection usually takes no longer than 60 minutes on average; we’ll assess the pitch and elevation of your roof, take some measurements, consider any issues such as shading or skylights, and answer any questions and concerns you may have about the product itself, how it’s installed, and what you can expect to receive in return. Sorted!

Turn your home into an energy-efficient allrounder with the help of Home Logic. Simply click the button below to get started today!