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How Much Can I Save On My Electricity Bills By Installing Solar Panels?

If you installed solar whether it is a free system or a paid for system one of the things you will want to know is how much it will save you on your electricity bills. Solar works by converting daylight into electricity which can in turn be used in the home to power your household electrical appliances. There are no changes in lifestyle or habits that you need to change in order to use the solar electricity, it all happens automatically. So if the sun is shining and you switch in the kettle then the green electricity will be used to boil your kettle.

Before we go into specific figures let us first look at how solar works to save you money on your electricity bills. With solar installed your free electricity will power your home appliances such as your fridge, freezer, television or any other appliance that you plug into your wall power socket. During the day your panels will produce electricity, as the sun sets the amount of power the solar panels produce reduces and at night they stop working. You can see the amount of power they are producing with a little device that you get when the panels are installed.

One of the things that you have to understand about the savings you can make with solar is the fact that it can vary so much. You cannot reliably say that if you install solar you will cut your bills by a specific amount and this is why it is difficult to give reliable figures. Recently however one of the largest free solar installers, A Shade Greener, has released some figures after surveying their customers.

Save £208 a year with free solar

savings with free solarThey installed meters on customers homes that measured how much they had actually saved. They found that the average saving was £208 a year, they also found that a quarter of their customer with free solar had cut their electricity bills in half. It was also interesting to note that the average customer was able to use 46% of the free electricity their panels produced. As a result of installing solar a majority of customers (72%) also changed their behaviour in order to use as much of the free electricity as possible in order not to have to pay for electricity from their energy company.

It is also important to understand that the savings on your electricity bill are not the only benefit. If you buy your own solar system you will also get a tax free income because you are generating your own electricity, this could be as much as £1,700 a year. Owning your own system you would also get paid for all of your surplus electricity that you sell back to the grid. The amount you earn from selling back electricity is negligible compared to the tax free payments you would receive from the feed-in tariff so it is much better to use as much of the electricity that you generate yourself.

Making more use of free solar

The study found that once homeowners had solar installed they learned how to get the most out of the free electricity the panels were generating. So on a sunny winters day you would use your tumble dryer as you knew your solar panels would be powering it. On a hot summers day you may run a portable air conditioning unit whilst you are at work because you know that if the free electricity isn't used you lose it.

Many installers are also realising that they need to make it easier for people to be able to benefit from as much of the free electricity that their panels are generating. Devices are being developed to help with this. One such device uses your surplus solar power to heat your watercutting down on your gas usage to heat water.


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