Is using solar panels and heat pumps together a good idea?

Solar PV Panels - a beginners guide
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Given the rapidly rising cost of energy it goes without saying that we all would realistically like an energy efficient home and if there was a chance to get some energy for free then that seems to be a complete no brainer. So, is this a pipe dream or is there a route to this golden goal? 

The solution is electricity. Electricity can be generated from many sources, stored and then turned into energy or heat. To generate our own electricity we can install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof and then also install an electric heating system to keep us warm. The most efficient electric heating systems are heat pumps.

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.