How much electricity does an electric car use?

An electric car will on average travel 3-4 miles per kWh, depending on driving habits and driving conditions. I have had my Tesla model 3 for 3 years and over this time I have averaged just over 4 miles per kWh. During those 3 years I have driven for 57,178 miles, I have lost 2 miles […]

Solar Panel Inverters

The solar panel inverter is the most important part of your solar system – choose a good one. Solar panel inverters convert DC electricity generated by your solar panels into AC to be used in the home. They monitor your system, house consumption, some control the batteries and can connect to your energy tariff, automatically topping up […]

Flat Roof Solar Panels

Are flat roofs suitable for solar panels? When would you consider a flat roof solar panel system? Flat roof solar panels are used to maximise solar generation from a dormer, flat roof extension or garage roof. Flat roof solar panels can be mounted in a free standing tub or metal framework (pictured aboved). Flat roofs […]

Solar capacity tells lies – How to compare solar panels

How to compare solar panels We’re all taught to believe that, for the most part, bigger is better – and you’d be forgiven for thinking the same when it comes to solar capacity. A larger capacity should mean more power, more efficiency, better return… right? Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Not to worry though, […]

Feed in Tariff UK – Is it still available in 2024?

The Feed in Tariff ended in 2019 and was replaced by the Smart Export Guarantee. Octopus Outgoing currently pays 15p/kWh and as high as 30p/kWh on Octopus Flux for exported electricity. E On pays 16.5p/kWh. Now export rates have improved dramatically and the cost of a solar only installation has fallen – you could earn […]

What if every house in the UK had solar panels?

In 1921, Albert Einstein won his first and only Nobel prize for his work on describing the photoelectric effect.  Light (a beam of particles) knocks loose electrons from the solar cell, the solar cell then directs these electrons along a current – creating electricity. The electrons leave a ‘hole’, the electrons can then be sent […]

How much do solar panels generate in the winter?

Solar panels in England will generate between 15-27% as much electricity in the winter compared to their summer peak, depending on the direction they face, pitch and shading. North facing solar panels will produce just 6% compared to the energy generated in their summer peak. How do solar panels generate electricity? How much electricitiy do […]

I have solar panels – which electricity tariff should I choose?

Installing solar panels and battery storage will make an immediate impact on your energy bills, no matter what tariff you choose. Did you know that the difference between electricity tariffs could be hundreds of pounds a year. It’s worth taking the time to choose the right tariff.   In this article we’ll tell you what to […]

How much energy do everyday household items use?

Knowing how much energy appliances in your home typically use will help you maximise your self-consumption of your solar-generated energy. For example, if you have a 3600W hybrid inverter then the maximum AC output of your solar array and battery will be 3600W. You may want to avoid having multiple heavy usage items on at […]

6.4 kW Solar system, Octopus Flux & negative electricty bills

A case study: 6.4kW solar system, 3.6 kW GivEnergy hybrid inverter, 9.5 kWh battery storage, emergency power supply and Octopus Flux. Location.: Edgware Estimated annual solar generation: 5593 kWh Estimated annual electricity consumption: 3700 kWh Total cost: £13,420 Potentially a very negative electricity bill or lots of power available to add an electric car or […]