Generating your own renewable electricity and heat

Solar panels

How we heat and power our homes contributes a big part to our carbon footprint. We’ve had online content on about different renewable heating and electricity options – such as solar panels and heat pumps – for a while but it’s time to move things on.

The first stage was overhauling how we rate solar panel brands to give more in-depth information about the pros and cons of different ones to help people choose between them. 

This wouldn’t have been possible without the Connect Panel. We surveyed more than 1,000 of you with solar panels, and spoke to 23 of you in much more depth to understand how you chose your solar panels, how you get on with them and what advice you’d give to others considering them.

It also enabled us to uncover the fact that cold calls are rife if you have solar panels. We’ve shared this research with trade body Solar Energy UK and will be speaking to standards body MCS to make them more aware of the problem.

We have much more to do. You’ll soon see a feature about the future of home heating and your options beyond traditional gas boilers. 

With the government planning for 600,000 heat pump installations per year, we’re also looking at how much heat pumps cost, whether they’re disruptive to install, and whether they’ll really save you money in the long-run. 

Generating renewable electricity or heat isn’t feasible for you, there will also be tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint and live more sustainably in other ways.


Sarah Ingrams