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The Reasons For Having Solar Panels Installed On Your Home

Given the costs associated with installing solar panels as well as the maintenance costs, many homeowners are still dubious as to whether investing in renewable energy is a viable investment in the long term.

Of course, we have heard the numerous reasons as to why people should switch from fossil fuel-based power to green energy, as it helps preserve the remaining natural resources left in the world. However, as homeowners, what are the benefits of using solar panels?

1. Lower electricity bills
2. Increase the value of your home
3. Get government incentives
4. Build energy independence
5. A secure investment

Solar power in homes is capital intensive, as the main cost of owning them comes when buying the system itself. Other than the installation labour costs, the homeowners only need to think about cleaning the panels regularly, and replace the inverters and batteries after several years of usage.

PV solar modules generally last for about 25 to 40 years, giving homeowners a long time to enjoy low electricity bills and its other many benefits. It’s also an important long-term investment to avoid future potential fluctuations in energy costs.

Although, there are still a vast amount of countries that continue to depend on fossil fuel for energy. In fact, despite the issue surrounding petrol on the world market due to oversupply and lowering prices, extraction of oil and gas in top producing nations are ongoing. Iraq, one of the leading producers of petrol, has been actively participating in projects related to oil and gas solutions, such as constructing new power plants, repair and maintenance of downstream pipes, and local workforce solutions in West Qurna.

Given its limitation, however, experts predict it’ll only a matter of time before oil and gas is replaced by renewable energy across the board. Governments globally are joining hands in encouraging the use of green power, as environmentalist Achim Steiner said, “the world is finally producing renewable energy at an industrial scale.”

Although developing countries are still lagging behind in terms of their acceptance of green energy and sustainability projects, many are making big steps to encourage the switch. In fact, international private equity investors poured more than $1 billion into India’s renewable energy sector last year. The project aims to produce as much as 100 GW of solar power, 60 GW of wind energy, and 15GW of other renewable resources by 2022. However, analysts think the goal is a bit ‘ambitious’.

So, what’s stopping you making the switch when the world is already putting the wheels in motion? Learn how the Big Green Switch can help you make a difference today!

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Is Solar Energy A Good Investment For My Business?

Is Solar Energy a Good Investment For My Business?

It’ll come as no surprise that businesses have been using solar energy for years and although we all know of the environmental benefits it can provide your commercial property with, there are many financial positives that factor into using solar energy as a business investment.

The use of solar panels and PV energy to produce electricity offers you the chance to cut your electricity bills whilst getting peace of mind that you’re not contributing to the huge volume of greenhouse gases that are damaging our planet.

We share how investing in solar panels and PV can be a great investment for your business, along with what it takes for your business to see a decent financial return:

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What is biomass energy and biomass fuels

Everything You Need to Know About Biomass Energy

Biomass energy is a method in which you can burn organic materials to produce power. This power can be converted into gas or electricity – the type of power that almost every homeowner in the UK depends on.

The way in which biomass energy is created can be a complicated and lengthy process, but there are many different biomass plants all over the country that are supplying energy to homes and businesses.

We share everything you need to know about biomass energy and how it can impact your energy consumption:

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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

We use electricity almost constantly throughout the day, which is why it is important for us to find renewable sources.

Burning fossil fuels in order to produce electricity is an unsustainable and unproductive method; not to mention the many environmental issues that can be damaging to the entire planet when greenhouse gases are emitted.

Solar panels are a great way to provide a constant, reliable stream of energy – the best thing about them? They’re free after they have been installed (and you can even make money from them!). But what exactly are they?

We share the secret on how solar panels work:

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How to read energy rating levels

How to Read Energy Rating Labels

A common sight in appliance stores and showrooms all over the country, there’s no denying than an energy rating label plays an important role when running an energy efficient home.

Choosing efficient appliances can not only help you to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases but also enables you to enjoy cheaper energy bills.

Fridges, freezers, washing machine and dishwashers are some of the biggest energy-drainers in your home and it’s beneficial for them to be as energy efficient as possible, but how do you read the labels?

We share our run-down on how to read energy rating labels and what they actually mean:

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Top 7 Reasons Why Home Renovations Are in Such High Demand

Today, more than ever before, builders are in high demand because of the sheer number of home renovations in the UK. There was a time when new builds kept construction companies too busy to deal with renovations, but with the current trend, it is all they can do to handle the requests pouring in from homeowners for anything from remodelling jobs to total renovations. Whether you are a builder or a homeowner looking to have your home renovated, it is interesting to note the top 7 reasons why home renovations are in such high demand.

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carbon-reserves

What You Probably Never Knew about Carbon Reserves – Now You Wish You Didn’t

Households in the UK and elsewhere around the world are being asked by their respective governments to reduce carbon emissions but those same governments continue to back the top 200 companies that hold more carbon reserves than can ever be safely burned. According to a report by the BBC quoting University College London academics, it would be virtually impossible to meet goals in lowering carbon emissions if that oil, coal and gas were burned – EVER!

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Scottish Wind Farm Scandal – Why Are They Getting Paid Not to Produce?

The latest controversy in the energy sector has a great number of English energy customers in and uproar over the amount of money being paid to Scottish wind farms for energy they are not producing. Not only are they getting paid for energy they are not producing but it is widely held that the Scottish government is asking them to withhold producing electricity, knowing that the money is coming directly from English consumers.

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