Cut your bills and carbon footprint with solar panels

With soaring energy prices and concerns about the environment, many of us are looking at ways to improve our homes to make them more energy efficient. Several years ago, I purchased solar panels for my own home and I have found them to be a sound investment.

Solar panels have two advantages. Firstly, sunlight is a free source of energy. Once you’ve made the initial investment, your electricity bills will be reduced for years to come. Secondly, it helps to reduce your carbon footprint. A typical home with solar panels could help to save around a tonne of carbon each year.

To make purchasing solar panels as easy as possible, Essex County Council is working in partnership on the Solar Together Essex scheme. Solar Together Essex is a group-buying scheme to help residents and small businesses to purchase high- quality solar panels and battery storage at an affordable price from trusted suppliers. Thanks to the power of group buying, previous applicants have been able to achieve as much as a 37% discount compared to the open market.

I’ve recently been to visit some of the applicants from last year’s scheme and have found high levels of satisfaction both with the application process and the installation.

To take part simply register your interest online by 10 March. You’ll need to enter some basic details such as estimated roof size and orientation.

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