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SOLAR PANELS

Anyone know of a good deal? Want to reduce my electric bill, so whats my options?

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best off gettin a windmill tbh

None of it is cost effective right now.

Switch off everything before you go to bed?

in this country you would need massive solar panels to run a house, wind turbine better bet but they are noisy and the neighbours would complain. you can build large solar battery type things which you could then run a few bits and pieces off but i think in good ol uk you will have more luck with switching stuff off - i have been reading rather than watching tv and trying to use electrics rather than the more expensive gas when cooking, i bought a cheap solar lamp which i charge in the day on a windowsill and then use to read by at night when the kids are in bed....dealextreme.com have a few solar bits n pieces usually.

Two types of solar panel
1 Uses light to make electricity - not worth it in this country
2 Uses light to heat water - very worthwhile even in winter
[FONT=Times New Roman]But to cut electricity bills, try to;[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Switch thermostat down 1 degree[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Adjust timer so that heating is not on when house is empty[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]If you have thermostats on each radiator, adjust them so that the temperature in less used rooms is lower.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Close curtains in all rooms from dusk.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Fit draught excluders on doors and windows[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Add to loft insulation - there are grants available for this[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Insulate behind radiators that are fixed to external walls. Simplest way is to use large sheets of cardboard (open out cartons), cover cardboard with cooking foil, shiny side out. Cut two slots to allow for wall fixings and slide down into place.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Use showers instead of baths or share the bath with your other half[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Instead of using an electric blanket to warm up the bed, lift duvet give it a quick blast with your hair dryer to take the chill off.[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]If you have a dishwasher wait until you have a full load. otherwise wash dishes by hand[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]Only boil enough water in kettle for the amount of coffe/tea you are going to drink[/FONT]

[FONT=Times New Roman]Hope this helps.[/FONT]

cannyscot;4126198

Two types of solar panel1 Uses light to make electricity - not worth it … Two types of solar panel1 Uses light to make electricity - not worth it in this country2 Uses light to heat water - very worthwhile even in winter[FONT=Times New Roman]But to cut electricity bills, try to;[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Switch thermostat down 1 degree[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Adjust timer so that heating is not on when house is empty[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]If you have thermostats on each radiator, adjust them so that the temperature in less used rooms is lower.[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Close curtains in all rooms from dusk.[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Fit draught excluders on doors and windows[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Add to loft insulation - there are grants available for this[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Insulate behind radiators that are fixed to external walls. Simplest way is to use large sheets of cardboard (open out cartons), cover cardboard with cooking foil, shiny side out. Cut two slots to allow for wall fixings and slide down into place.[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Use showers instead of baths or share the bath with your other half[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Instead of using an electric blanket to warm up the bed, lift duvet give it a quick blast with your hair dryer to take the chill off.[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]If you have a dishwasher wait until you have a full load. otherwise wash dishes by hand[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Only boil enough water in kettle for the amount of coffe/tea you are going to drink[/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman]Hope this helps.[/FONT]



all very good points, thanks for your effort! rep added!

Original Poster

thanks cannyscot that really helped.

I heard that the mayor of london is giving £100 grant so i'm getting my loft done so that should help.

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Murielson;4125780

Switch off everything before you go to bed?



dmh77;4125785

http://www.directequipmentsales.co.uk/page9.htm :thumbsup:



Better off not getting a windmill it may take my half my life to recover the £8590 + Vat and delivery for the windmill

Solar panels are not so welcomed relative to wind and can be considered more dangerous than nuclear power?! Read this with caution , make further research yourself:-

washparkprophet.blogspot.com/200…tml cut and pasted below

Environmental Harms Associated With Solar Power

The European Union source is obscure regarding the reason for this distinction saying only: "Photovoltaics is a very clean technology at the use stage, but has considerable life cycle impacts." Presumably, this means that making and/or disposing of solar panels has associated health risks to people. The global warming impact is presumably related to the energy costs involved in making solar cells.

The Union of Concerned Scientists goes into greater depth:

Energy is required to manufacture and install solar components, and any fossil fuels used for this purpose will generate emissions. Thus, an important question is how much fossil energy input is required for solar systems compared to the fossil energy consumed by comparable conventional energy systems. Although this varies depending upon the technology and climate, the energy balance is generally favorable to solar systems in applications where they are cost effective, and it is improving with each successive generation of technology. . . .

[T]he manufacturing of photovoltaic cells often requires hazardous materials such as arsenic and cadmium. Even relatively inert silicon, a major material used in solar cells, can be hazardous to workers if it is breathed in as dust. Workers involved in manufacturing photovoltaic modules and components must consequently be protected from exposure to these materials. . . .

The large amount of land required for utility-scale solar power plants-approximately one square kilometer for every 20-60 megawatts (MW) generated-poses an additional problem, especially where wildlife protection is a concern. But this problem is not unique to solar power plants. Generating electricity from coal actually requires as much or more land per unit of energy delivered if the land used in strip mining is taken into account. Solar-thermal plants (like most conventional power plants) also require cooling water, which may be costly or scarce in desert areas. [Land use is even less of a concern when panels are on rooftops.]



Thus, the big concerns seem to be moderately high energy costs to build solar panels, and considerable toxic waste exposure issues in making and disposing of solar panels. By the European Union's estimate, these are greater concerns than nuclear waste or nuclear accidents. Wind farms, in contrast, involve non-toxic materials that take less energy to produce.

All this matters a great deal, because solar and wind power are basically chasing after the same clean electricity market. If solar power is environmentally much worse than wind power, the incentive is to use wind power instead of solar power.

Micah;4133527

Better off not getting a windmill it may take my half my life to recover … Better off not getting a windmill it may take my half my life to recover the £8590 + Vat and delivery for the windmill



Lol, that was the most expensive one!! :-D

1000 watt
3 Blade 3.0metre rotor diameter
Start up wind speed 2.5m/s. Cut In wind speed 3 m/s Rated wind speed 9m/s
Rated power 1000watts. Maximum power 1300watts. Furling wind speed 12 m/s
Tower Height 6m
Temperature range -40 to +60 deg. C.
Permanent Magnet Alternator 48v DC
[COLOR="Blue"]£775+Vat and delivery[/COLOR]

This one ^^ was there too!!!! :thumbsup:
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