The January's Big Energy Saving Week, which aims to raise awareness of how households can reduce energy usage and save money on fuel bills. This includes education on how to get the best tariff from suppliers, and the grants and discounts available, as well as how to make homes more energy efficient.
With ongoing developments and innovations in domestic renewable energy technology, it is an increasingly popular and effective way of reducing energy usage. Solar installations in particular have the potential to replace a significant amount of the gas and electric supplied from the national grid. A solar thermal installation can typically produce between 40% and 70% of the hot water needed annually by an average family of four. A medium sized, 2 kWh solar photovoltaic (PV) system can produce as much as 1800 kWh per year – half the total needed by an average UK home.
Solar panels can be added relatively simply to either new or existing properties. The Catnic SSR2® Standing Seam roofing system has been designed to allow easy and quick installation of PV and solar thermal panels. The fixing bracket, which can be added to new SSR2® systems or supplied for retrofit, simply screws on to the standing seam upstand. The solar mounting system can then be attached or the panels fixed directly to the brackets.
The fixing means the system can be installed without the need to make holes in the roof, ensuring the integrity of the roof and reducing fitting times. This provides a simpler process when compared with a tile or slate roof, where the panels need to be anchored to the rafters and the gap around the fixing sealed to ensure the roof stays weather tight.
Furthermore, for those looking to reduce their environmental impact as well as lower energy bills, SSR2® is also compatible with rainwater harvesting systems. This can help reduce fresh water usage and achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 target of 80 litres per person per day of potable water consumption. In addition, SSR2® is 100% recyclable at the end of its life, manufactured in line with the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing standards and has achieved a BRE Green Guide A+ rating.