The wonderful Krista from Sustainably Simple Life has shared the seventh post in the series being run by the Climate Change Collective.
2022 was an interesting solar year for us! It was our first full year with the additional panels that were installed in May 2021, and they really made a difference to our power generation.
I’m sure you’re wondering how solar panels might actually impact monthly recurring bills and that, of course, depends the number of panels and their ability to generate energy. If you’re looking at panels, your contractor should provide you with an analysis of your energy usage against the capacity of proposed panels to determine how many panels to obtain.
Read the rest of Krista’s post Residential solar panels: 2022 year in review to see lots more about her experience with solar panels and some really useful example data on the real-life impact they’ve had.
I’ve got to admit, I’ve always been sceptical about solar panels in the UK – especially in the famously-rainy North West where I live. However, Krista’s results show that with the right balance of panels not only can you feel good about your environment impact, but save some money on energy bills too.
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Our rainy and cloudy climate made us a little skeptical about solar panels too, but it turns out that they work great! 🙂
Thanks for sharing about our post!
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Interestingly, the climate where Krista lives is much closer to the British climate than any other part of Canada. I always thought solar panels would only work in sunnier climates but it looks like I was wrong.
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A climate-change activist from the church to which we belong organized a group presentation (on zoom) about 18 months ago. It was in conjunction with a local contractor who would evaluate properties based on lots of computer data and give a discount if enough people in one neighborhood would sign up together, so that the installation crews could do several nearby houses in one trip. We asked to be evaluated, but our house was found to have insufficient roof space and too many trees around. With that knowledge, and an estimate of what a project would likely cost, we’ve been able to contract, instead, for several other home improvement kinds of things, secure in the knowledge that we could not have spent the money on a more worthy thing.
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