Solar Panels, not just for your average Hippie?

Solar Power was once deemed only for the eco-green world, TO SAVE THE PLANET and so on. Not to be taken so seriously by your average Joe. But times are changing and it’s becoming a big financial gain, becoming more public with 500,000 UK roofs with Solar Panels, its about time it got fully advertised.

First UK Solar advert to air here

The UK saw it’s first Solar Panel advert recently from Eclipse Energy, right after everyone’s daily dose of Emmerdale! Though a tad cheesy it proves that Solar Power is a more serious, mainstream business. Being targeted at the general, public ideally wanting to save a few quid!

Pioneering the way forward in the Solar Panel business is Chris Cash (Managing director of Eclipse Energy) who thinks that marketed the right way, it can become big industry. And rightly so! Solar Power is accessible to almost any home-owner with many rewards and benefits. Cash is paving the way forward showing the average Joe how Solar Power can help them.

Many other companies are stepping forward into the ‘light’ that Cash has so kindly shown, with companies like Spectrum Energy talking about their adverts coming out soon. The Solar business is finally coming into it’s own. It has been steadily rising for a while now and I won’t be surprised after a mass of adverts that it will finally hit it’s stride, making solar industry boom!

Solar Panel Installers – the new double glazing cowboys?

With any new technology, there’s always a few ‘opportunists’ that are only to happy to quote maximum price for minimum quality whilst glossing over the facts – in the case of solar panels, the likely performance and realistic pay-back periods.

Add a Government incentive – in this case, the feed-in tariffs, and you’ve got yourself a sure-fire recipe for rogue traders to come out of the woodwork.

If you’re interested in getting your own solar panel installation, the question is what can you do to protect yourself?

Actually, the rules are the same as if you were buying double glazing (or any other home improvement for that matter).

Firstly, never buy ‘off the doorstep’. Cold calling is ripe for a cowboy to talk you into parting with money there and then. You should never have to ‘accompany’ any home improvement company to the bank or hole-in-the-wall machine to withdraw any amount of money.

Never let cold-callers into your home. Their credentials could be fake and they could just be thieves or distraction burglars.

Don’t sign anything until you’re completely happy – don’t be pressured into signing there and then. If the company is genuine, then they’ll want you to consider your quote in your own time.

Always try and get comparison quotes on like for like systems. That way, you’ll know if you’re being overcharged or you’ve got a bargain.

If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. Never a truer word spoken and with a technology that can be very difficult to quantify for the average man on the street, comparing different quotes will hopefully give you the confidence to choose the right company / installation for your family.

Solar Panel Quoter was set up, like its double glazing counterpart Window Quoter, to drive out the rogue traders, by offering genuine online quotes without the need for a salesman to call round. Later, if you decide that you’d like to get that quote confirmed in writing, we can use our computer technology to match your location and system requirements with up to 3 genuine companies in your area.

They’ll arrange to call round, discuss the type and size of installation you’re interested in and leave you with a no-obligation written quote.

You’ll receive an email from us before hand, confirming the details of the companies we’ve passed your details onto so you can see (online) their contact details, feedback from previous homeowners who used them and have the opportunity to leave your own feedback – good, bad or indifferent, once they’ve called on you.

Solar panels represent the opportunity to lower your energy bills, whilst getting paid for the electricity you generate. Not all properties will be suitable for solar energy (location, roof direction and overhanging obstructions are the main reasons for non-suitability), however later this year, the Governments Renewable Heat Incentives will come into force rewarding renewable heat technologies like hot water solar panels and ground source heat pumps.

Click here to get your instant online solar panel quote now.

*The ‘Quoter family of websites have been helping homeowners for over 10 years by providing instant online quotes backed up with a national database of quality installation companies. We help over 3,000 homeowners every week with our ‘Quoter websites and were the first company to introduce online pricing for double glazing.

For more renewable energy stories, don’t forget to check out our Renewable Energy Blog – updated daily.

This story first appeared in our January 31st homeowner newsletter – click here to read the full newsletter.

A Wealth of home improvement information at your fingertips

Home improvements – the kind involving double glazing or fitted kitchens etc are major investments so its important to be fully prepared with the right information which will help you find the right company with the best product within your budget.

Our online quote service is an obvious place to start – by entering a few simple measurements and selecting your preferences, you get an instant online price guide for that particular project.

But there’s also a whole collection of features, tips and what to watch out for’s within the pages of our ‘Quoter family website – Home Improvement Quotes .co.uk. You’ll find articles and features on everything from double glazing for listed buildings to fitted kitchens for disabled users, permeable paving to how loft conversions are carried out.

Backing this free online resource up is a dedicated Home Improvement Blog, which carries extra features and how-to’s based on topics covered in our fortnightly homeowner newsletters and our latest online ‘goody bag’ – Solar Panel Blog – a new dedicated area exclusively for solar energy and renewable energy stories in general. Daily posts keep you informed of new innovations, latest installation and system grants as well as what’s happening around the rest of the world.

If you prefer your Home Improvement news in bite-size chunks, then both Home Improvement Quotes Blog and Solar Panel Blog are fully supported by their own Twitter accounts.

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Finally – once you’ve used one of our online quoting websites and if you’ve gone on to use our location service to find three companies that offer that improvement in your local area, you’ll also be able download (or view) a range of homeowner guides which can help you with everything from financing your home improvement to contracts and handling queries.