“Why solar panels are just common sense? There are some things in life which are just common sense.”
The application of sunscreen, for example, so you don’t burn in the sun, wrapping up warm on cold winter mornings and wearing waterproof shoes when it’s raining. These are all common sense precautions.
The latest common sense approach for modern life is to install solar panels to protect your family from undependable and increasingly expensive fossil fuels. The world has changed greatly over the last few years, and the era of cheap, plentiful energy is now a distant memory for us all.
Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Heat my Home adds “It wasn’t too long ago that solar panels were considered only by environmentally-conscious households, but over the last few years, their popularity has grown exponentially. Not for green reasons like you would think, but because people are cushioning themselves from the shock of inevitable future energy prices rises.”
Times have changed and so have attitudes to solar panels. That is why we are campaigning to the Chancellor George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron to keep the current levels of feed-in tariffs to new adopters of solar technology at the current rate of 44.1 pence per unit.
Noises coming from the recent Conservative conference, especially from George Osborne, seem to go against the global race for renewable dominance. The Comprehensive Spending Review may reduce the feed-in tariff rate to newer adopters before the originally scheduled date of 2013.
Since its conception in April 2010, the feed-in tariffs, which reward households for installing solar panels, has been a fantastic success in the UK solar industry, hitting the ground running in terms of the formation of new companies, new jobs and new opportunities, to become a global forerunner in the biggest business opportunity since the invention of the motor car.
Solar panels are good for the economy
Solar panels as a technological concept and as a business opportunity for Great Britain Plc is a once in a lifetime opportunity to build upon this new, still fledgling industry. As jobs are being lost from traditional industries faster than in any other period in modern history, the idea of cutting funding for one of the new fastest-growing industries in modern times, not only in the UK but internationally, is not a good one.
Pruning the young green shoots of a much-needed industry seems incredibly short sighted.
The Conservative party came into power under the banner of being the greenest party. So far the Conservatives have announced expensive new road building programs of nearly £900 million pounds, so the funding of green opportunities will be replaced by environmentally damaging ones.
At a time, when other nations, as well as households, should be reducing their reliance on unstable and increasingly expensive and scarcer foreign energy supplies, increasing demand for such through more vehicle use and high speed limits is not common sense.
Renewable technologies will benefit the country at a time when North Sea gas and oil output continues to wane. That is common sense.
Reducing our CO2 emissions, although of secondary benefit, might not seem important to the green party ever but protecting our planet is the ultimate in common sense precautions.
"Feel the pride."
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Founder of Heat My Home.