Sunlight is free – so once you’ve paid for the solar panel installation, you save money on your energy bills – and can even sell your surplus energy and battery capacity to the Grid.
You could earn and save up to £31,022* if you switch to solar PV, add a battery and Trade via Social Energy.
By generating and using your own solar energy – instead of power from the National Grid – you can make significant savings on your electricity bills. The Energy Saving Trust calculator estimates that a typical 4kWp solar panel system can knock between £200-£305** off your annual bill with the Smart Export Guarantee SEG depending on where you live.
Using battery storage alongside your solar panels can further increase your savings – because a battery will store the surplus energy that you produce, so you can use it when the sun goes down instead of drawing it from the Grid.
*Social Energy figures based upon a new Social Energy connected SolaX battery and a 4kW Solar PV system with JA Solar JAP60S-1-275 panels with an annual panel degradation of 0.5%, installed in April 2019 in the South of England, at a capex of £8,495. Factors include: customer annual electricity consumption of 4000kWh, annual solar generation of 3800kWh, on-site solar usage of 26% (based upon BPVA studies), initial electricity unit rate of 16.45p/kWh with annual electricity inflation of 7.03% (Based upon approved data from the National Office of Statistics). These figures include Social Energy benefits from self-consumption, FFR, grid trading, network avoidance and SE export payment of 5.6p/kWh. Returns include factoring in future forecasted costs of battery system overhaul and solar inverter replacements at year 15. Considering the above factors, the specified system delivers a net benefit of £31,022.30. These calculations demonstrate a 365% ROI for Social Energy.
**Example of annual savings based in Manchester with SEG (Sept 2020): https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewable-energy/electricity/solar-panels
You could cut 100 tonnes of carbon.
Imagine you’re on a return flight from London to New York. You’ve just generated 986kg CO2 – per passenger, not the whole plane. Think about how much carbon the aircraft you’re in is emitting into the atmosphere. Now times that by 100. That’s how much carbon you can cut by simply using solar energy over a 30-year period.
100 tonnes of carbon wiped clean off your carbon footprint and out of our planet’s atmosphere. Surprised? That’s the power of solar.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day. Your solar panels are soaking up all that daylight enabling you to power your home. But then, the sun goes down – no more solar energy is being generated, but you still need to power your lights in the evening. What happens then?
Well, if you didn’t have a battery, you’d then switch to using power from the National Grid – costing you money. But with a battery installed in your home, you can use all the extra solar energy captured during the day that you didn’t use.
So you can keep the energy you’ve generated and use it exactly when you need it most – instead of it going to waste.
We supply Solax Triple Power Batteries. They come with a 15-year warranty – their lifespan far exceeds that of standard batteries you use on gadgets at home.
In the summer months when we have more daylight (meaning more solar energy is generated), we generally use less energy to power our homes. So your solar panels may produce an abundance of energy.
With a home battery system in place, you can store excess energy to be used when you need it – and you can also sell energy on the UK’s energy market. Here’s how it works…
No hassle trading
Effective Home has partnered with Social Energy to enable our customers to trade energy with the Grid automatically without having to lift a finger.
Earn ~5p per kWh
When the National Grid needs extra power, any excess energy stored within the network of home batteries will be sold at around 5p per kWh (depending on your provider rates), earning you income.
Rent your storage
You can also earn by lending out the storage in your home battery. If you’re not using the space, then the Grid’s excess energy can be moved here temporarily – and you get paid rent.
And what’s best is that the app manages and trades your energy automatically. You can easily see all the info you need about your solar panel system all in one place.
The app can quickly and clearly show you how much energy you’ve created, what energy you’re using and how much income you’re earning by selling surplus energy and renting out your battery storage.
Once your solar PV panels and battery are installed by Effective Home, we arrange your Grid connection. Then you can join an energy supplier. Social Energy is the only renewable energy provider that lets you trade your surplus energy on the Grid. They will arrange the supply of a new solar meter (these are the new standard in SMART meter that everyone will switch over to soon). It’s worth noting that not all areas of the country can get a smart meter yet, but we can check that prior to installation.
The price we give you during your free home survey includes grid connection and all relevant meter work and applications. If you are planning to trade, Social Energy will arrange for the supply of a new solar meter and installation. After your system is installed and connected to a new smart meter, it will start generating electricity for you immediately. Then you can download the app and use its smart features.
The all-in-one app offers a complete overview of trading and selling, energy usage, displaying a live status of every big data touchpoint it gathers as they happen. Besides the savings, the best thing is that once the system is up, you don’t need to put in any effort yourself – just keep an eye on your energy trading through the app.
Timber floors are on average only 19mm thick and air leakage creates a heat sink under the home drawing the heat out from below.
When adding extra insulation to your floors, the work must comply with the relevant building regulations for where you live. Effective Home can arrange this for you.
If you live in England or Wales, the floor should achieve a U-value of 0.25 W/m2K or less, if possible. The U-value is a measure of how quickly heat will travel through the floor. To achieve this standard, you will normally need at least 70mm of high-performance foam insulation, or 150mm of mineral wool, but this will vary depending on floor type, shape and size.
If you are replacing at least half of a floor then you have to insulate to these standards whether you planned to or not.
Effective Home will first carry out a check to see if you are eligible for ECO funding. Next we will arrange a free survey to ensure your property meets the ECO funding criteria. Once we complete the above process, we can arrange an installation date for your underfloor insulation.
Our easy process means we can turn around a qualifying application in less than a week, ready for installation.
The cost of underfloor insulation, depends on the size of the floor space and the cost of the materials, including any that you will need to fill the gaps between the floor and the skirting boards. For a typical 3-bed house, expect to pay around £795. You could also be entitled to free underfloor insulation through the ECO Scheme – we can help you with this, as well as getting you a quote.
The Green Homes Grants will give homeowners, including owner-occupiers and social/private landlords, vouchers to install one or more of the following primary measures:
If you used your vouchers for one of the above primary measures, you can also use your voucher for further energy saving measures. These include one or more of the following secondary measures:
Households can only receive funding for one of these secondary improvements up to the amount of funding they are receiving for the primary measures.
For example, if you spend £2,000 on roof insulation, you can only get £2,000 for double glazing.
Of the £2bn scheme, £500m will go directly in vouchers to low income households, and £500m will go to local authorities, specifically to help fuel poor households. Vouchers are worth up to £5,000 for most homeowners; however, those on low incomes can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of improvements, capped at a maximum of £10,000.
You could be eligible for a voucher up to £10,000. One voucher per household. 600,000 vouchers are available altogether – so apply today.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your home or lower your carbon footprint, we can help. From making your first steps to sustainable living to the big leap to renewables, our teams are highly qualified with the expertise to making your journey effortless from day one. We’re a small company with a big heart – covering a huge area of the country – so you get a personal service with ‘bulk buy’ value. For peace of mind, our accreditations speak for themselves.
We are proud to be a Which? Trusted Trader.
Effective Home is endorsed by Which? as a Trusted Trader – but not just anyone can become endorsed. The assessment process includes customer satisfaction checks, a thorough business procedure examination a face-to-face visit and interview carried out by a Which? trading standards expert.
Which? is the largest consumer body in the UK, rigorously testing products and services for more than 60 years. Which? Trusted Trader logo is a sign of reputation and trust; helping consumers choose the right trader for them and giving good traders the recognition they deserve.
We are proud to be certified and approved by industry leading assessors, registration bodies and consumer watchdogs, including NICEIC, OFTEC, Gas Safe and Which?. You can see them all here.
Knowing we’re quality assured with these accreditations is reassuring for our customers. It gives you peace of mind that you’ve made the right choice in Effective Home. Every product and service we sell comes with its own guarantee – some up to 25 years – and an aftersales support service that is second to none.
Effective Home offers a choice of ways to pay for any upgrades to your home, including finance. Not everyone has the money set aside to pay for investments in renewable energy or ways to make their home more efficient. You’ll find details on our boiler, heating, home insulation and solar product pages – along with any relevant funding that may be available to reduce your costs, such as ECO Scheme or the Government’s Green Homes Grants.
You can see the areas we cover for heating, home insulation and solar energy solution here.
Our main HQ is in South Yorkshire – Unit 3, Crompton Business Park, Crompton Road, Doncaster DN2 4PA. We also have teams of engineers and installers based throughout the country from Newcastle down to Worcestershire.
Rest assured, Effective Home is following current Government guidelines and updating our working procedures to comply with current Covid-19 recommendations and as they change. All of our team – including surveyors, engineers and installers – are mindful of the 2m distance rule, carry hand sanitiser and are equipped with the correct safety gear for home visits.
When you book a survey, repair or appointment we’ll ask you if:
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’ll work with you to assess your need for a home visit agreeing next steps with you.
We’ll prioritise emergencies and we may need to postpone non-urgent visits, like annual services, to a later date.
Before your home visit
On the day of your appointment, we will also call you and ask the same set of questions – this is important just in case anything has changed since you booked.
When anyone from Effective Home visits your home
Our engineers will be social distancing, so please keep a 2m radius of their work area at all times. Any Covid-19 questions? Call us on 0333 003 0703