Online searches for solar panels rise by a fifth as huge fuel bills land on doormats across Britain
- A search is performed every minute and the demand for smart meters has exploded
- Smart meters can cost up to £50 and allow users to monitor their energy use
- Consumers brace for higher bills as energy price cap set to rise
Britons are turning to solar panels and smart meters to curb their soaring energy bills, research shows.
eBay data shows the number of customers searching for solar panels in the online marketplace has risen by almost a fifth since last year, with one search being made every minute, while demand for meters intelligent has exploded by 27%.
The company said solar panels – which use the sun’s rays to generate energy – or large batteries to store it made up six of the top ten DIY items.
Smart meters can cost up to £50 and allow users to monitor their gas and electricity usage.
Britons are turning to solar panels and smart meters to curb soaring energy bills, research shows (stock image)
Consumers are prepared for higher bills, with the energy price cap set to rise from £693 to £1,971 a year for standard variable tariffs from April 1.
A further increase later this year could bring average annual household energy bills to around £2,300.
Sellers on eBay offer everything from £2 micro solar panel systems used to charge gadgets to a £29,000 kit for homes that includes panels and a mounting system.
The average price to install solar panels on a house in Britain is between £4,800 and £6,000.
Smart meters can cost up to £50 and allow users to monitor their gas and electricity usage (stock image)
The amount of electricity produced depends on the location of the house and the direction in which the roof faces.
The investment in solar panels on a house generally takes between 15 and 25 years to pay for itself.
Murray Lambell, Managing Director of eBay UK, said: “Many families are naturally looking for ways to cut costs, which is causing increased demand for products such as solar panels.
“These buyers are making smart investments to combat the cost of living squeeze, and the green power market is growing accordingly.”