Close up look at solar-powered home
31 January 2014 Last updated at 00:15 GMT
The number of roofs being used to generate solar power has recently reached more than 500,000 for the first time.
Keith Eggington lives in one of a cluster of houses all with solar panels generating electricity and solar heaters for their hot water in Rotherham.
He explained the benefits of having a solar-powered house to the BBC's John Maguire.