An eight-year-long mystery of how a family overpaid their energy bills by £2,000 as a result of installing solar panels has been solved, but there are likely to be more households facing the same problem. The Doyles installed solar panels in 2012 before moving into their new Leeds home but were surprised by the high ongoing energy costs despite taking steps to reduce consumption. They had opted for solar panels to minimise their energy costs. “We did everything to cut energy use. We invested as much as we could, including in a heat-pump tumble dryer and modern appliances. We changed our behaviour to use power when solar energy was being generated,” said Jon Doyle. They discovered the reason for their sky-high bills when they went on a six-week summer holiday in 2018. The meter showed their energy use had apparently shot up over those weeks.
Telegraph 6th June 2020 read more »