The cost of living in the UK and worldwide has gone up considerably over the last few years and particularly when it comes to household bills, people are starting to feel the strain. This is motivating many people to look at investing in renewable energy sources – the most popular of which is solar panels. Derby has plenty of local and national solar panel installers ready to turn your home into an energy saving machine.
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Adding solar panels can provide you with numerous benefits:
- Reduce your energy bills.
- Increase the value of your home.
- Generate additional tax free income.
- Reduce your carbon footprint.
Current sources of electricity mostly originate from nuclear power plants and coal burning power plants. Both are damaging our environment, but in particular, the emissions produced by burning fossil fuels are damaging our atmosphere and hurting our planet as a whole. Solar panels both eliminate carbon dioxide emissions and nuclear waste, while at the same time reducing your energy bills. not only this, but the Feed In Tariffs brought in by the government enable you to sell back any electricity that is unused, back onto the national grid for use by other homes.
An Introduction to Derby
Derby is a city located in the county of Derbyshire in the United Kingdom. It is positioned on the banks of the river Derwent in the region of the East Midlands. Derby received its status as a city quite recently – in 1977 and currently holds a population of over 230,000 people. Using the measurement of ‘urban area’, as of the 2001 census, Derby is considered the eighteenth largest settlement in England.
Derby had a great reputation during the industrial revolution; it is home to Britain’s first water powered silk mill, which was built by George Sorocold and John Lombe in 1717. It is thought that John Lombe stole the secrets from the region of piedmont in Italy and brought them back to Derbyshire where he built the mill, and was rumoured to be poisoned in revenge during 1722. In 1907 Rolls-Royce opened a factory to manufacture cars and aircraft engines. In addition to strong rail industries this made Derby a target for bombing in the two world wars, but the city managed to remain relatively unscathed.
In modern day, Derby has become a cultural centre for deaf and people hard of hearing. Many deaf people move there because sign language is used heavily within the community. Derby is well link to other parts of the country, both by the M1 motorway and major railway lines. The city centre of Derby is also only fifteen minutes from East Midlands airport, on of the largest airports in the United Kingdom.
Derby is home to a number of media bases, the main local newspaper is the Derby Telegraph. Additionally, there is the free local newspaper, the Derby Express, which is delivered on a weekly basis. The main local radio station is BBC Radio Derby and is based in the city centre of Derby, on St Helen’s street. The radio station provides listener’s with local, nation and international news as well as a range of music choices and sports commentaries.
The climate of Derby is much like the rest of the UK. A limited temperature range and regular rainfall throughout the year. The climate makes Derby a reasonable place to install solar panels on your home, though being further south would provide a small advantage, due to more sun in the lower parts of the country.