Home-and-Family Five of the ‘big six’ UK energy providers have announced price rises in the last few months. As prices rise, the benefits of installing free solar panels on your home increase. How do I get free solar panels? In April 2010 the government introduced the Feed-in Tariff, a scheme to incentivise homeowners to install solar panels on their roofs and to help to reduce the country’s carbon emissions. The scheme pays solar panel owners for each unit of electricity that their solar panels generate. The scheme has resulted in an increased uptake of solar panels, but many homeowners are still prevented from installing panels because they cannot afford the cost. Under a free solar panel scheme, a .pany will design, install and maintain a solar panel array worth thousands of pounds on your roof with absolutely no cost to you if your roof is eligible. They will take the money from the Feed-in Tariff to cover their costs. How can I benefit from free solar panels? By having free solar panels installed on your home, you can benefit from all of the free electricity that they generate. You can use this electricity within your home to power your appliances. You will therefore need to buy a lot less electricity from your energy provider which will result in significantly lower electricity bills. Using this free renewable electricity will also protect you against further energy price rises, as costs continue to rise, your savings will be greater. The clean, green electricity that your panels produce will also allow you to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your reliance on fossil fuels. Buying less electricity from your energy provider will mean using less electricity which is derived from burnt fossil fuels. How do I know if my roof is eligible for free solar panels? Each .pany has different criteria that they use to judge if a home is suitable for free solar panels and it is advisable to discuss your options with them to determine eligibility. Generally though, the more southern a home is in the country, the more suitable it will be. Homes south of Northampton will usually be acceptable. Only homeowners will be eligible for these schemes. Other contributing factors include the angle of the roof as well as which direction it is facing, as south-facing roofs will receive the optimal amount of sunlight. Other directions will often still be eligible. The roof space should also be clear of any shading as this can affect the efficiency of the panels. How do I get started? It is usually advisable to obtain at least three quotes from different reputable installation .panies to fully understand your options and to make an informed decision. Installing free solar panels on your roof is a long-term agreement with the .pany in question, usually for 25 years. Some .panies will allow homeowners to buy the panels outright during that 25 year period. You would then be eligible to receive the payments from the Feed-in Tariff which provide a strong return on investment. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: