Why go solar?

Written by: Jon Duffy

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As energy costs spiral, more and more attention is moving towards renewable sources such as solar power. But can they really provide enough energy to meet our needs? And what truly are the benefits of switching to solar?

Reducing your energy bills

Let’s start with the most pressing issue. Utilising the sun’s energy is definitely cheaper than relying on mains electricity. It can help to reduce your energy bills, giving you a degree of energy independence and puts you less at risk from rising energy costs.

Environmentally friendly

As a renewable energy source, solar power is available every day. A common misconception is that solar power requires a sunny day, but in fact solar panels simply need daylight to produce power.


Solar panels produce no hazardous gas and they also help to reduce the greenhouse effect.

Portable power

If you love to travel, you’ll need to think of ways to keep your favourite devices powered up. Solar panels are an ideal solution if you’re looking for off-grid power for a boat, caravan, motorhome or trailer.


Thinking of going solar? Why not check out our Solar range here at Maplin to find the ideal solutions to get you started.

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.