Saving Energy Answers Your Solar Questions!

shutterstock_56132236We understand that you may have a lot of questions when it comes to having solar PV placed on your roof. As we are sure you are aware by now, there are massive benefits to having solar PV. These include cutting your electricity bills in half, having the ability to generate your own electricity and significantly reduce your carbon footprint.


We have put together a few answers to questions you may have:

Is solar suitable for my property?

Solar works best on buildings with roofs that face south, south east or south west. Your home may not be suitable if large trees or buildings overshadow the roof (if the roof is in shadow for part of the day, the effectiveness of the system decreases).

Your roof must be strong enough to take the weight of solar panels, especially if they are to be placed on top of existing tiles, rest assure, our surveyor will assess this for you.

Do I need planning permission?

In some instances, planning permission may be required if you live in a conservation area or your property is a listed building. We can provide you with the full advice that you will need upon site visit.

Is there much mess?

We take pride in ensuring that all of our installers provide a first class service with minimal disruption. Dust sheets will be laid down throughout the house to minimise any dust or debris, and our installers will thoroughly clear up before they leave.

How long does it take?

An average domestic installation takes approximately two days to complete. Work will take place both inside and outside the property. In this time all the roof works and installation, including commissioning of the system will be completed. However, work could be delayed due to inclement weather. We will endeavour to keep to our schedule where possible but will keep you informed of any changes.

What is the life span of the system?

Due to advances in solar PV technology, it is anticipated that a solar system will have a lifespan of up to 40 years.

How can I get the best out of the system?

At Saving Energy, we recommend that you adapt the way you use your electricity. If possible, use appliances with heavy electricity usage, such as washing machines during the daytime when your electricity is free. Ensure the appliances within your home are energy efficient to minimise the amount of electricity required to power them.


We hope this has been of use to you, should you require any further advice at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our advisors who will be more than happy to help.