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Using your energy data, details about your house and weather information, Loop can show you the actual difference solar power could make to your monthly bills and your reliance on grid energy.

Accessing up to 13 months of past energy data directly from your smart meter, Loop calculates exactly how self-sufficient you would have been.

Test different-sized solar arrays and batteries. Then, if you like what you see, go a step further and get a quote from one of our trusted installers. 

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Are solar panels worth it?

If you’re tired of paying sky-high electricity bills each month, and you want to cut your carbon footprint fast, solar might just be the solution you’ve been looking for! Here’s how it works.

Your solar panels generate energy from the sun, which you can use to power your home. As a result, you’ll rely less on the grid and your electricity bill will plummet. And here’s the best part: any excess energy you generate can be sold back to the grid through the Smart Export Guarantee.

Now, you may be thinking: “But I live in the UK. We don’t get that much sun!” But even with our infamous weather, the average UK solar home generates more electricity in a year than it uses. That’s right – you’ll actually be generating more energy than you need.

And don’t worry about maintenance – solar panels are built to last. They can withstand rain, hail, and even snow, and require very little upkeep. Plus, they come with a whopping 25-year warranty, so you can rest assured that you’re making a smart investment.

Installation is a breeze, too – it typically takes just one or two days, with minimal disruption beyond a short disconnection of power during the installation process. Once it’s done, your solar journey begins.

Take the risk out of solar and test before you invest, with Loop’s free in-app Solar Simulator. See the impact solar could make on your monthly energy bills and reliance on grid energy today!

Will solar work for my home?

Solar panels can work for more homes and lifestyles than you might imagine! For many people, home energy means nothing more than bills and paperwork. But, once you start generating your own energy, that can all change, as you become more self-sufficient.

Easy behaviour changes can make a big difference to how much value you get from your solar installation. Put simply, if you don’t have a home battery, the more of your solar power you use, the less you need to buy from the grid later. So by making sure you are doing your washing, running the dishwasher, using your electric oven and even heating your hot water whilst your solar is generating you are avoiding having to pay for these with expensive grid energy.

Can solar cut my energy bill?

Fitting solar panels will save money on your energy bills, as you won’t have to buy as much – if any – energy from the grid!

With a solar array on your roof, you generate your own power. The portion of the solar you generate and use is called your self-consumption. Every unit of electricity you self-consume saves you buying that unit from the grid. This saves you over 34p per unit based on current prices. The higher your self-consumption, the larger your savings.

Any energy you can’t use yourself is exported to the grid. As a solar household, your utility will pay you for exported electricity under the Smart Export Guarantee. This is at a lower rate, anything between 3p and 7.5p depending on your supplier.

What’s the payback period for solar?

With current energy prices, the payback period is likely to be shorter than you were expecting. The Price Cap increase in April 2022 reduced the payback period on a typical install by around 30%, and this was reduced by a further 18% in October with the government’s new Energy Price Guarantee. 

How much do solar panels cost to install?

Buying solar is a big commitment and typically costs between £6-9k, depending on the size of your home. But in return you get panels that are warrantied for 25 years. That’s 25 years of reduced energy bills. Typically an install will pay for itself two or three times over its lifetime.

A 4kW array on a south-facing roof will make over 100,000 kWh of energy in its lifetime. At today’s prices that’s £34,000 of electricity you’ll be saving! 

Can solar cut my carbon footprint?

Solar is a great option for households looking to reduce their carbon emissions – a typical installation cuts emissions from energy use by about 1.6 tonnes PER YEAR. Every year. It’s a large and sustained impact.

What’s the best roof for solar?

To get the most out of solar panels, ideally you would live in a house with an unshaded, south-facing roof, which is angled between 30 and 50 degrees from horizontal.

Of course, not everyone is so lucky as to have the perfect position for solar panels on their home. But that’s not to say you can’t still successfully harness the power of the sun! Even on north, east or west-facing roofs you’ll only lose around 15% compared to a south-facing option. 

If you have a flat roof, it can be a little more complicated to have solar systems fitted compared to a pitched roof as flat roof systems take up more space per kW than sloping roof systems. But, it is still entirely possible!

How many solar panels do I need?

Working out the number of solar panels needed for your home depends on the amount of roof space available and the amount of electricity you use. Luckily, using Loop’s free in-app Solar Simulator, can give you the answers. 

Simply download the free Loop app, and find out how much of your usage would be covered by a 4kWh solar array and a 3kWh battery. These are the average sizes for domestic systems, which on a home in the south of England, can generate around 4,200 kilowatt hours of electricity a year!

Then, after 90 days, the Solar Playground feature opens and you can explore the effect different sizes of solar array and various battery sizes have on your self-sufficency. 

Explore your solar insights

“The solar simulator is a really useful tool if you are considering going for solar, showing you an accurate saving you would make on any given day.” – Tim

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