The ideal home is green: 5 reasons to switch to solar energy in 2022

Mar 17, 2022

Amid the sumptuous designs at this year’s Ideal Home Show you will find a strong focus on sustainability. Domestic energy is a hot topic right now and will play an increasingly important role in the way we build and upgrade our homes for years to come.

As part of the Government’s climate change agenda, gas boilers will no longer be installed in new build housing from 2025. Since this only accounts for a small proportion of all homes, it looks likely that all gas boilers will eventually be phased out, so it’s time to start thinking about alternatives for domestic heating and power.

Switching to solar photovoltaic (PV) energy for your home requires an initial investment but once installed you and the environment will reap the benefits for years to come. Here are five good reasons to take the plunge and turn your home into a solar energy producer. 

1. Fuel prices are soaring

2022 will be remembered as the year domestic energy prices went through the roof. First it was announced that the price cap was being raised from 1st April, leading to a 54% increase in the annual electricity and gas bill for a household.

Then Russia’s invasion of Ukraine put further strain on gas supplies. Wholesale gas prices shot up 28% in one day, leading analysts to predict a further £600-£1,000 a year hike on domestic heating bills.

With solar PV, you can reduce or even wipe out your reliance on the National Grid, saving yourself the pain of these price rises. In some cases, you can cut your domestic energy bills by up to 70%. And if you produce more energy than you consume, you can sell the excess back to the National Grid.

2. Solar energy can be completely clean

The Government has pledged to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. By switching to solar energy, you can play a valuable part in that commitment.

The drive to net zero is a key factor in tackling climate change. Fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal have to be burned to produce energy and in doing so they emit pollutants, which both contribute to global warming and pose a threat to public health. Much of our electricity is produced by coal-fired power stations, so while the electricity is clean at the point of use, the way it is produced is not.

When it comes to solar energy, traditional solar panels may not produce emissions while generating energy but the production of them does. The Solivus Arc® on the other hand has been designed with a sustainable product life-cycle in mind, using thin-film organic solar fabric instead of rare earth materials. This means that solar power can be a completely clean way of generating electricity, serving a multitude of purposes. It doesn’t just provide domestic electricity, it can power your central heating and hot water too. Many homes are turning to air source and ground source heat pumps for their central heating, but these devices require electricity to run them. Solar PV can provide that electricity. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a typical house with a solar PV system installed could save the UK around 1.3 to 1.6 tonnes of carbon a year.

3. Installation costs are falling

As the technology for solar PV and battery storage evolves and more and more households come on board, so the price of the hardware and installation is falling. According to figures published on, the cost of buying domestic solar panels fell by 50% from 2011 to 2019. 

And it continues to fall. The average UK household is now looking at around £5,000 to install a solar system sufficient for a family of three. Compare that to around £8,000 back in 2014. So if you thought switching to solar would be prohibitively expensive, it’s time to think again – especially considering the bigger savings you’ll now be making on your fuel bills.

Added to that, as a solar power generator you could even make money by exporting your excess electricity back to the Grid. Under the Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) scheme, launched in January 2020, electricity suppliers are required to pay licensed small-scale (including domestic) generators for low-carbon energy. Find out more here

A further consideration is the value that solar panels will add to your home. As renewable energy becomes less of a nice-to-have and more of a must-have, a home with solar PV already installed and producing free energy will be more attractive to buyers.

4. Solar PV is low-maintenance and long-lasting

The average gas boiler is expected to last between 10 and 15 years. Domestic solar installations are still relatively new, so there is no firm data to show how long they last, but there are homes with solar panels installed 20 years ago which are still going strong today.

Solar PV hardware is durable in all weathers and, because there are no moving parts, doesn’t require regular maintenance. All you need to do is keep it clean. Compare that to a gas boiler that needs to be serviced by a qualified expert every year in order to remain safe and efficient.

5. PV and EV go hand in hand

With a ban on petrol and diesel cars coming into force in 2030, electric vehicles (EVs) are the future. Sales of EVs in the UK rose by 66% from 2019 to 2021 and the number of EVs sold in the UK is expected to double this year.

EVs fit beautifully into a domestic solar power system. On the one hand you can charge your vehicle for nothing and ensure that your EV is completely green, with no reliance on electricity from the Grid; on the other, your EV can provide an extra source of battery storage, helping you to make the most of the electricity you generate.

When you take into account all the economic factors involved in heating and powering your home, solar PV is becoming an increasingly sound investment. Add to that the environmental benefits and the intensifying need to stop burning fossil fuels and there will soon come a time when every home is powered by the sun. Why not get ahead of the curve? Reserve a Solivus Arc® today!

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