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Solar panels 'are one of best ways to reduce emissions'

Solar energy has been described as one of the fundamental ways in which people in the UK can tackle climate change by a panel of architecture and design experts.

The Times reported on the advice that was to be offered at last weekend's Des Res exhibition public weekend on how people should make their domestic properties more environmentally-friendly.

'Greening the home' can be achieved through a series of steps, including double glazing and adding a condensing boiler.

However, solar panels were described as "the ultimate way to achieve a large reduction in carbon emissions". This may not be suitable for all budgets, however, since they can cost some £3,000 to install, the experts warned.

Simpler measures suggested by the panel included reducing the amount of water used, as well as insulating the roof.

Baxi, a domestic heating specialist, recently claimed that making such improvements to the home could increase the appeal of a house in the property market.

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