Solar Panels Vs. Gas: Which Energy Source is Best for Your Home

When deciding on energy sources for a house, a decision that we could make is whether to consider having solar panels installed, as opposed to gas or storage heaters, to power our heating. Companies such as Plymouth solar are on hand with this alternative. Their panels can be fitted to homes and allow homeowners to benefit from reduced electricity bills as the sun powers their homes with its rays. There are also added environmental benefits to fitting solar panels in relation to it representing a renewable and sustainable energy source. Solar power became desirable when used in calculators and watches, when people found that they did not have to constantly replace the batteries. Now, in larger scale, we can benefit from the technology when it comes to heating our homes.

So, let us consider some of the ways solar panels have the edge on gas.


From a cost point of view, the electricity produced from fossil fuels, such as gas, is in the region of 5 cents to 17 cents per kilowatt hour. Whereas solar energy averages at between 3 and 6 cents per kilowatt hour. And these figures are reducing in terms of renewable energy, such as solar power, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The way that gas prices are set, lots of factors need to be taken into consideration. That is, demand, supply, taxes, and inflation. These all put up the price of gas to consumers and impact upon its affordability and cost effectiveness in relation to other alternatives. Solar panels as an investment lower gas or conventional electricity bills in the longer term and add value to a house that is fitted with them.


In terms of the environment, there is no doubt that solar power is a more optimal resource in comparison to fossil fuels. It optimizes the use of the sunlight that is freely available and turns it into electricity at no cost to the environment. It does not matter how many people have solar panels in your area, they will all be taking the sunlight in at the same rate and so all producing renewable energy. Any spare energy created can even be sold back to the grid for use by those who are not using the panels, but instead, relying on the old depletable sources of energy for their heating and power requirements.


In terms of safety, solar panels are considered the safer option. Natural gas, although detectable by its added smell, still has potential to case explosion by the time it is detected. Worse still, carbon monoxide is undetectable in being both colourless and odourless. This makes it important to have boilers checked annually for safety. When safety checks are carried out, they need to be completed by qualified and registered engineers. This creates extra regular expense, although is important from a lifesaving and safety point of view.

There is no switch on solar panels to switch on or off to worry about. This contrasts to needing to remember to turn off gas appliances to stop the gas escaping and building up in the atmosphere. The slightest spark in these circumstances could spell trouble.

There is an article attached that you might find interesting to read which talks about the development of the different energy sources.


In summary, solar panels are cheaper to run than other fossil fuels such as natural gas. They also benefit the environment due to not being responsible for using any of the world’s natural resources that are not replenishable, and they are safer than gas in terms of there not being any gas that can escape. In addition, they do not need servicing as regularly as gas appliances, so can be considered low maintenance.


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