Solar and your sustainability goals

It would be hard not to notice all the media attention on the climate crisis, net zero target, clean air and renewable energy and not think – what can I do to help?

Installing solar panels is one possible way to help your home become more sustainable. You’ll have heard about solar panels before but perhaps you aren’t too sure how they work or how they can help tackle the climate crisis, which is why we’re here to help.

How can solar panels help my home become more sustainable?

Solar panels give YOU the power to generate your own clean electricity, cut your bills and help society rely less on fossil fuels. Win, win, win!

Basically, the more people who have solar panels on their homes, the bigger difference it makes to the UK’s overall carbon emissions. Currently, our national energy system is set up so that homes across the UK get power from ‘the grid’. Now what goes into the grid is a mixture of things, including fossil fuels.

While the prominence of fossil fuels has been falling in recent times, being replaced by renewable energy, much of the power you’re using at home still comes from fossil fuels, which are bad for the environment and are a contributor to the climate crisis.

 

We already offer our energy customers renewable electricity for their home backed by 100% renewable sources1. And with your own solar panels, you can generate your own electricity, meaning clean energy for your home and less reliance on fossil fuels. (And remember that solar panels work year-round!)

What else can I get with solar at home?

If you’re new to solar panels, you may not have heard of solar battery storage before.

Batteries take the power the solar PV panels on your roof generate but don’t use, and store it to power your home at night, once the sun has gone down.

Not only that but with solar panels, you can also add an electric vehicle charging point to your home which can use the solar energy you generate during the day to power your electric car, creating a more sustainable way of travelling (helping tackle air pollution) and keeping your car going and going and going.

How can E.ON help me?

As one of the largest and most trusted solar installers in the UK, we have a dedicated solar panel team helping to answer any of your questions on becoming more sustainable and energy independent, helping to choose the right solar and battery technology solution for you.

From survey to installation, we’re a one stop shop helping you take the power into your own hands.

Not only that but we reward customers for taking steps to commit to a renewable energy future.

When customers export energy they generate and don’t use back to the grid, we pay them for that export as part of our Smart Export Guarantee (SEG). And what’s better is that for new solar installation customers our SEG offer is enhanced for them, further rewarding customers for going green. With the opportunity to spread the cost of solar investments up to three years, homeowners are one step closer in leading the UK to net zero.

So, what do we think about 2020 and the decade ahead?

We believe the future of energy is smart, personalised and sustainable and that with solar and storage you’re that step closer to being more self-sufficient while also helping the environment.

We can all do our bit, from driving electric cars to choosing sustainable energy options to power our homes. Whether you decide to make a lifelong commitment to a sustainable future with solar and batteries or join our 3.4 million customers’ homes that use renewable electricity backed by 100% renewable sources, we believe 2020 and the decade ahead is our chance to take power into our hands and be the change we want to see in the world.

Together, we can help achieve cleaner air, reduce our carbon footprint and make future generations proud. The power to change is in your hands but know we’re always here to help.

 

1. Electricity sourced from E.ON’s renewable generation assets, supply agreements with independent UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your homes comes from the National Grid. Find out more at eonenergy.com/renewable