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UK energy crisis means greening your home will pay off much faster

The cost of heating UK homes using traditional technology is rising this week – making green options like solar panels and heat pumps a more affordable alternative

Environment 29 March 2022

new houses with solar panels on roofs in Stirling, UK

Solar panels on houses in the UK

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For the past few weeks, 22 million people across England, Scotland and Wales have had an unpleasant shock lurking in their inboxes and on their doormats, as their energy suppliers have laid out their future energy costs. For a home with typical energy consumption, annual bills will jump by 54 per cent to £1971 from 1 April under a regulated price cap.

The unprecedented increase was triggered by an energy crisis that started well before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although this has pushed prices even …