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E.ON has put its prices up by an average of £170 a year. But you could reduce that price rise to just £40! Here’s how solar panels can help you to make up the difference and keep your household bills down.

Free solar panels – save £130

  • Cut your electricity bills by £130* to offset the cost of the price rises. What’s the catch? There isn’t one really, just that the company who gives you the free solar panels will benefit from the Feed-in Tariff scheme – but the savings on your bills are all yours! And just think – the more energy bills rise, the more savings you’ll make.

Buy solar panels and save £130 AND earn £900!

  • If you buy your solar panels outright and cut your electricity bill by £130 AND earn up to £900 a year with the Feed-in Tariff (FiT)*. Haven’t heard of the Feed-in Tariff? It’s a government backed scheme where you get paid for the electricity your solar panels generate. Find out more with our Feed-in Tariff guide. Not only will this help you to negate the E.ON price rise, but  it is also a great investment – you can earn around £25,000 over the 25 year lifetime of your solar panels, which is a higher rate than most savings accounts! Sign up before April to get the best FiT rate (rates will be lower after April 2012 – sign up now to lock in on the higher rates).

Check out the new solar panels section of our site to find out more about getting solar panels for your home. You can compare deals and see guides, infographics and diagrams to help you pick the best way to cut back on your gas and electricity bills and make your home more energy-efficient.

* This is based on an average household using 4,500kWh of electricity a year, at a cost of £585. If the solar panels generate 2,000 kWh of electricity, which is paid at a rate of paid 43.3p a unit under a Feed-in Tariff, the household will earn a total of £866. Assuming they use half (1,000 kWh) of the electricity (remember that the time they need to use the most electricity might not be the time when they are generating the most, so they would still have to buy electricity), this will cut £130 off their electricity bill. They sell the other 1,000 kWh of electricity they generate at 3.1p a unit and make £31. The household will cut their electricity bill by £130 and make £896 from their energy (£866 plus £31), meaning a total combined income and saving of £1027 in one year.
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H. Monaghan is a touch screen phones expert and writes iPhone solar charger reviews for the 12voltsolarpanels.net weblog – a non profit blog about the latest technology stories about solar rechargers for small devices and mobiles.

It is no secret that mobile phones, while indispensable inside modern life, have a trouble with battery longevity. I’ve found that in most cases, my Android mobile phone and new iPhone 4 will use up all my power at the same time they’ve fallen into sleep function while unplugged from the wall for approximately 24 hours.

This can be a bit frustrating, particularly if I need the phone to operate without energy for a set period of time, for example on the road trip when I forgot to pack a car 12v charger and won’t have access to a power source for several days.

Wysips, small startup company in France desires to find a solution to extend Smartphone battery while dodging the possibility of making them any more cumbersome.

Expanding the size of the battery pack would probably sure help, but a touch screen phone should be able to fit without difficulty in a pocket or inner compartment without taking up a lot of space. Because of this, the idea would not be viable.

Wysips wants to compete with top European Smartphone innovators like HTC by entering their unique and revolutionary phones in to the market. Wysips capitalizes on the battery of their third generation model phones, which runs on the solar cell at the top half of the mobile phone’s display to increase battery life.

The coolest part of the whole thing is that the solar cell is nearly completely transparent, making energy while letting the cellular phone’s user stare directly through it.

What’s interesting is that the tech used to make the nearly-transparent solar strips resembles screen technology employed to make the Nintendo 3DS and several of Samsung’s brand-new “Naked Eye 3D” panels.

Essentially, the top side of the screen is overlaid with very small strips of solar panels that draw in the sun’s energy to give extra energy to the cell phone.

While the solar cells can’t keep the phone completely functional, they can greatly extend the battery life of the Smartphone  – something that everyone has been begging for. Although Wysips does not yet have any fully-functional prototypes demoing at trade events, but they have shown some standard, case-free presentations of the technology.

The great thing is the solar panels don’t obstruct touch screen performance at all. The solar cell film is truly a part of the screen, so pushing a finger on the screen generates a perfect response.

Wysips claims the next models will be even better, and the  solar cell panels will be nearly totally transparent when the technology is ready to be displayed in all its glory.

Wysips is in talks with a variety of mobile providers and phone producers, however the company has notgiven any clues as to which company might purchase the rights to the patent. Nevertheless, the technique has truly taken off, and it’s got tech fans and the general public alike very enthusiastic.

The firm anticipates that they will be creating other few prototypes before things really get up along in sales. There aren’t any official estimates on when the cellular phone will be retail-ready, but I’m really very excited to listen to more details.

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Do you have Britiain's greenest home? Image by linkway88 via Flickr

In a bid to encourage homeowners to be more energy efficient, HomeSun, the leading Free Solar company, and property experts FindaProperty.com are holding a competition to find Britain’s Greenest Home.

“Our homes produce a massive 27% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Daniel Green, HomeSun’s Chief Executive. “This competition is all about the little things you can do and action to reduce those emissions.”

Competition details

To enter HomeSun and FindaProperty.com’s Britain’s Greenest Home competition, visit www.homesun.com/community-network/britains-greenest-home-competition/ and just answer 10 easy questions about your home and why you think it could be the greenest.

The first prize is £3,000 and the second prize is £1,000. There are 10 runners-up prizes of a Green Home Audit from HomeSun’s partner, Eaga.

Be one of the first 500 entries and receive a pair of Energy Saving lightbulbs. The entry deadline is 8th June 2011 and the winner will be announced in July.

Get started creating a greener home

Loft insulation, double-glazing and harnessing solar energy are three well-recognised ways of improving a property’s carbon footprint; according to HomeSun.

By installing solar panels you could reduce your home’s carbon footprint by one tonne of CO2. But there are lots more, perhaps less obvious changes that homeowners can make to reduce their home’s greenhouse gas emissions. It’s these small changes that the Britain’s Greenest Home competition hopes to recognise.

Regularly defrosting your freezer, turning down your thermostat and immersion heater temperature by one degree, using energy efficient light bulbs. The list of easy-to-make changes goes on. Even installing solar panels is easy – and free – with HomeSun’s free solar panel scheme: “There’s no financial outlay and it’s simple to install,” said Green.

Reducing your carbon footprint could also save you money: HomeSun says that installing its solar panels could reduce your electricity bills by a third, while according to DEFRA, just one 20W bulb could save you £60 over its lifetime, compared to a standard 100W one.

“Now, more than ever, homeowners are realising that cutting emissions is not just good for the planet, it’s an excellent way to cut bills as well,” said Green.

Reducing your home’s carbon footprint could also add value to your house because energy efficiency is right up there on the wish list for homebuyers.

Going for a green home? Three top tips:

1) When buying products for the home, look for the Energy Saving Recommended label or European energy label rating of A or higher

2) When making a tea or coffee, boil only the amount of water you need to fill the cup

3) Switch off your TV and computer instead of leaving them on standby, and encourage the whole family to switch off their gadgets when not in use.

With rising gas and electricity prices and possible savings of up to £322 per year, it’s no wonder that many of us are eager to get our homes fitted with some energy saving measures.

The good news is there is free energy saving help available, covering everything from solar panels to loft insulation.

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Free solar panels from uSwitch and Homesun

uSwitch has teamed up with HomeSun to offer you free solar panels for your home.

At a cost of £10,000 and up, solar panels could seem like a hefty expense. They don’t have to be; uSwitch and HomeSun have joined together to offer free solar power.

Depending on where your home is, we’ll install the solar panels for free, or for a cost of £500 plus £5 per month.

Find out if you are eligible for free solar panels from uSwitch.

Free insulation from British Gas

If you’re a dual fuel customer with British Gas, you could be eligible for free loft or cavity insulation. You’ll have to hurry, though; it’s currently only going to be available for the first 200,000 customers to apply and registration closes on the 31st May 2011.

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on the free installation, then, after an independent analysis of your home, you will be eligible for cavity insulation up to 140m2 or loft insulation up to 80m2.

Find out more about free insulation from British Gas

Free insulation from EDF

EDF is offering grant to cover the cost of home insulation to anyone who qualifies for certain benefits, or who is over the age of 70.

This includes your choice of loft or cavity insulation on standard properties with up to four bedrooms.

If you don’t fall into one of these categories, EDF are also providing discount home insulation for its customers.

To find out if you are eligible for the free insulation from EDF, just give them a call on 0800 096 9966