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Hello everyone,

The weather is very cold and, like most people, we were wondering what our electricity bill would be like for this quarter.

Wow! Was I pleased when Colin told me it was £25, significantly lower than last years bill at £56! My second surprise of the day was when a representative from Solar Plants looked at our SolarEdge graphs and told us we were exporting quite a lot of energy to the grid, even in the depths of winter. A lot of people question whether solar panels produce much energy in the winter months. In fact, we can confirm they reduce our bills massively over winter!

Maybe we should consider how best to use more of the electricity we generate even in the winter months. One of the things we are considering is installing a water tank, fed by solar energy, to supply us with our hot water. Thus reducing our reliance on gas and lowering gas bills and carbon emissions!

The other thing we have purchased is an infrared panel for Colin’s office. It is decorative and useful and a fantastic way to make use of some of our home-produced energy from the solar panels. Who knows, the future could be an electric car…

 

Hi it’s Colin! I am really interested in the future of electric cars and how I can incorporate this into both a personal and business lifestyle. I use my car for business trips, so for this reason, I would need a car with a suitable range and potentially charging points en-route.

Interestingly on my business trip this week, the customer I visited (a well know boiler manufacturer) has just installed several charge points in their car park for electric cars. For one thing, this is very encouraging as they are providing charge points for their visitors and I expect more companies will do the same for their visitors and employees in the future.

Apart from the benefit of zero-emissions from electric cars, the other benefit to us would be that we can charge it using our solar panels. Using the surplus energy from our panels, we would see great savings as well as becoming more self-sufficient.

To summarise, over the coming months, I will look at this very closely as this is the next step for us now we are proud solar panel owners!

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