Brockloch BothyRustic House Exterior
Solar panels integrated into the Bothy's pyramid roofs
What Houzz contributors are saying:
You’re getting greenerWe’ve already talked about how improving the look and feel of your homes is the number one motivation for undertaking projects on them. Not too far down the list, however, is the desire to improve energy efficiency – with 40 percent of respondents stating that this is a motivation, and 15 percent wanting to integrate green materials. Improving functionality is also a big push and 63 percent rate this as a deciding factor. Live in an old home? Want to make it greener? Read all about this amazing Victorian eco house.
6 Consider solar panels“Solar panels are allowed under Permitted Development,” James says, “along with flues and antennas. Other microgeneration technologies, such as air-source heat pumps, are also permitted.” Solar panels can save homeowners money on electricity bills, but, now the government has ended incentives for generating solar energy, it’s worth checking out any potential savings thoroughly before going ahead.
Fix solar panels to a south-facing sloped roofIf you have a sloping roof on your property, chances are you can fit solar panels to it – the more south-facing the better. On flat roofs, the panels need to be placed on manufacturer-specific stands at an optimum angle and direction.If you are in a conservation area, there are specially made ‘roof tile solar panels’, which, as the name suggests, resemble more traditional roof tiles.Discover what more experts have to say about installing solar panels
Factor in the weatherThe south of England gets more sun than the north, so homes in the south tend to produce more electricity, but solar panels work anywhere and still make economic sense in more overcast corners of the UK. ‘There are almost 20 times more solar panels in the northeast compared to London and the southeast,’ says Andy. ‘They work fine in the north, but you are just playing a slightly longer game in terms of returns.’What you need to know about building an ecofriendly home