Investing in renewable energy sources is a highly effective way to make your home more sustainable in the long-term, whilst also dramatically reducing the amount of carbon emissions you produce. If you’re looking to cut your energy bills whilst saving the planet, the Warm Up Bristol scheme can help.
You can harness the sun’s rays and generate your own electricity using solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. This means that not only will you save money on your electricity bill – usually around £150 per year depending on the number of panels installs – but you’ll get paid for any electricity you don’t need, as this will go back into the grid for others to use. You can earn money back this way, depending on how many solar panels are installed on your home.
Solar PV involves having a number of solar panels installed, normally on the roof of your property. For solar PV panels to work you’ll need a roof pointing approximately South (within 45 degrees) and with minimal shading from trees and other buildings. You’ll also need to have an energy performance certificate of D or better to get the best tariff – but simple steps like loft insulation or cavity wall may take you to ‘D’ and are worth considering.
The panels produce DC electricity which is then converted by an inverter into AC electricity for use in the home.
Solar energy will automatically power many of your appliances in the day time. You can’t store electricity so any excess goes back into the grid for others to use. In the evenings, or any time that you use more electricity than you produce, your supply will automatically switch to the grid.
We’ll be offering special funding to homeowners living in the Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill wards of Bristol through an exciting partnership with the REPLICATE project. If you live in one of these areas, we’ll let you know what funding is available when you register your interest.
For more information on the REPLICATE project, visit the Connecting Bristol website.
The information above covers the most common questions but if you have any questions at all about the measures on offer, please call our team on 0117 352 1180.