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With the current push for renewable energy, solar roof tiles have become a popular solution for homeowners who want to generate their own electricity. 
Solar roof tiles work in the same way as traditional solar panels but are designed to look just like traditional roof tiles, making them an attractive option for those who want their home to be powered by the sun without altering its aesthetic. As a result, solar tiles are becoming increasingly popular amongst homeowners who value the clean energy and cost savings of solar but also desire a stylish roof. 

Reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint 

The installation of solar panels is a great way to save money on electricity bills. These systems can generate electricity for your home which has the potential to significantly reduce or even completely offset your energy costs. 
Solar installations typically last for 25 years, so you'll be able to benefit from those savings over the long term. Additionally, this renewable energy source is an environmentally friendly choice that helps reduce your carbon footprint. A typical home solar PV system could save up to 1.6 tonnes of carbon a year depending on where in the UK you live. 
Besides saving you money and helping the environment, solar panels may also increase your property’s value over time. This is because they are becoming increasingly popular among property buyers who recognise their potential to provide long-term cost savings. 
The Energy Saving Trust's solar energy calculator lets you know how much money you can expect to save upfront, while also providing long-term returns on your investment if you decide to install solar panels on your property. 

How do solar panels work? 

Solar panels are one of the most widely used forms of renewable energy and can be found on rooftops across the world. Solar PV cells use semi-conducting material such as silicon to generate energy from sunlight. When light hits these cells, electrons are knocked loose, creating a direct current (DC) of electricity. As solar cells are combined, they make up a solar panel, while multiple panels connected form a solar array. 
It is important to consider where you install your solar panels to maximise their efficiency. South-facing roofs tend to get the most sun, although east and west-facing ones can also be suitable. The angle of the roof should be between 10 and 50 degrees with an optimum angle between 30 and 40 degrees for maximum sunlight exposure. Trees or buildings close by could shade your solar panels so it’s best to check this before you install them. 

Do solar panels affect electricity supply? 

Solar panels are a great way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint by harnessing clean energy from the sun. You won't notice any difference in your electricity supply as it will switch seamlessly between using your solar panels' generated electricity and energy from the National Grid. If your solar panel system is fitted correctly, your home won’t experience any disruption to their electricity supply. 
You can use your solar panels alongside a normal energy tariff without needing to tell your energy company. This means that you will be using less electricity from the Grid, consequently leading to lower bills, and reducing your environmental impact at the same time. 


In conclusion, solar roof tiles offer a range of benefits and financial incentives that can make it a great investment for any homeowner. Not only do they allow you to generate your own renewable energy and reduce your carbon footprint, but they also add value to your home and save you money on electricity bills in the long run. With the right installation, you can make big savings while also preserving the aesthetics of your home. So, if you are looking for an eco-friendly energy solution that still looks great, solar roof tiles may be the way to go! 

Let us help you make the Switch to Solar 

Marley Solartile® is available from your local Roofbase, and we can deliver direct to your site.  
Marley Solartile® has the highest resistance to flame and fire penetration, and the solar tiles are compatible with all Marley roof tiles, which means that they are fully compatible with our full roof system. 
We also offer Marley Solartile installation training, either on-site or in branch at your local Roofbase.  
For more details on how Roofbase can help you make the Switch to Solar, please enquire at your local Roofbase or email us for more information. 
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