Is going green affordable?
For a long time, people have been stressing the importance of protecting the environment. We all know that there are many things that we can do; we can reduce pollution or waste, we can use renewable energies and materials, we can recycle, we can reduce our consumption of certain items, we can plant trees, we can save water, the list goes on and on. It is true that the impact of human activity is damaging our planet, which is the very source of all our resources, so we should reverse our actions and take care of the environment before we no longer have what we need to live.
It is also true that taking care of the planet in such a way is a great investment. Going green usually requires extra effort and, in some cases, even pouring some money into the mix. However, in some cases, changing our lifestyle or our hardware to be more environmental friendly can, in fact, make us save money. One example of this is LPG conversion for cars: it might require some cash upfront to pay for the LPG system and the installation, but once you have that going, you will see your fuel expenses dramatically drop.
Another great example of how you can save money and be more environmental friendly at the same time is to install solar panels on your roof to make your own electricity.
Cut down costs with solar panels
Solar panels will produce electricity without consuming any resources, with the mere sunlight that shines on us all. The silicon cells that are inside the glass panels react to the sun rays and produce energy, which goes right to your cables. As you make your own energy, you don’t need to pay bills for it. In other words, it’s free energy. If you can produce enough electricity to cover your needs, you won’t have to pay for it at all. These cases are rare; in most opportunities, people will cut down their electricity expenses, but not reduce them to zero.
Installation of solar panels that can cover your needs can cost between four and seven thousand pounds, and yet in a few years, you will have saved so much money that you will triple your investment. Also, there is a very interesting program in which the  a payment for you - yes, you’ve read it right, the government pays you - for the energy that your solar panels produce, whether or not you use it. If you don’t, it will go right to the street cables and add up to the voltage of the public power lines for someone else to benefit from it.
This is called the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and is funded by all citizens in their energy bills. As you can imagine, this has encouraged quite a few Britons to install solar panels on their roofs in the hopes to make some money in the long term - hopes that are usually met, between the FIT and the money that they save every month on energy bills. In the  webpage there is plenty of information on this matter, including the very interesting fact that if your house is more energy-efficient, you will get an even higher amount of money every month out of the FIT.
However, solar panels, as you can see, are quite expensive. Some people decide to take a loan or even remortgage their houses in order to afford them, but then they have to deal with the interests generated by these financial schemes. Is there, then, another option for saving money and even make revenue without paying upfront?
Free solar panels
Yes, you hear right. There are companies offering to install free solar panels on your roof. How is that possible and how does that make sense?
This isn’t an act of charity, as we hope you have imagined. Some companies offer a very interesting scheme in which they lease your roof for around 20-25 years and install solar panels there. As they are leasing your rooftop and installing the panles, they’re technically theirs, so they get the benefits of the FIT instead of you. However, this has some advantages for you: you receive a portion of the FIT as a compensation for the lease, and you get to use the energy generated by these solar panels for free. If you are interested about this possibility, we suggest that you check this article on , that compares both options quite throughly.