Online searches for solar panels are up by a fifth as huge fuel bills land on doormats across Britain
- One search is made every minute and demand for smart meters has rocketed
- Smart meters can cost up to £50 and allow users to monitor their energy usage
- Consumers are braced for a jump in bills, with energy price cap set to increase
Britons are turning to solar panels and smart meters as a way of limiting their soaring energy bills, research suggests.
Data from eBay shows the number of customers looking for solar panels on the online marketplace has grown by almost a fifth since last year, with one search being made every minute, while demand for smart meters has rocketed by 27 per cent.
The firm said that solar panels – which use the sun’s rays to generate power – 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 as a way of limiting their soaring energy bills, research suggests (stock image)
Consumers are braced for a jump in bills, with the energy price cap set to increase by £693 to £1,971 a year for standard variable tariffs from April 1.
A further rise later this year could take average household energy annual bills to about £2,300.
Sellers on eBay are offering everything from £2 micro solar panel systems used for charging gadgets to a £29,000 kit for homes which includes panels and a mounting system.
The average price to fit solar panels on a home 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 generated depends on the location of the house and which direction the roof faces.
Investment in solar panels on a home typically takes between 15 and 25 years to pay for itself.
Murray Lambell, general manager of eBay UK, said: ‘Many families are understandably looking for ways to keep costs low, causing a surge in demand for products like solar panels.
‘These shoppers are making savvy investments to tackle the cost of living squeeze and the market for green energy is growing as a result.’