Preserving the environment is always top of mind among people and organizations worldwide concerned about the state of Mother Earth. Governments, in particular, are taking steps to ensure that their citizens and companies within their jurisdiction follow laws that will help safeguard their surroundings.
In the U.K., England and Wales follow best practices on the use of satellite television, notably the dish antenna. The objectives are to protect the environment, to raise awareness among homeowners on the proper positioning of satellite dishes and to help retailers and installers provide better advise and service to families.
It is a must for homeowners to properly select and position a dish in such a way that it has less impact on the environment. The neighborhood and the public will also have to be taken into consideration.
Specifically, the dish needs to be positioned away from the front part of the building or anywhere that can be seen by people. It has to be placed on a rear wall of the building, in a roof valley or behind a chimney stack or parapet. If it’s not possible to position it in a less obvious manner on the building, it has to be placed instead in the garden hidden by shrubs.
The color of the dish is also of prime importance. Ideally, it has to blend with the background in order to hide its appearance from public eye. A transparent or mesh type of dish is often most recommended.
With regards to size, keep in mind to purchase one that does not exceed the minimum requirement. The ideal size is 90 cm or the measurement across any dimension of the antenna.
Before you decide on where to position your dish, though, make sure that you get the consent of your landlord or owner if you’re renting flat or you’re a leaseholder. Obtaining a planning permission is very important because failure to do so will only add costs particularly if you’ll be required to re-site the dish at your own expense. It has to be secured first before installation can commence.
You may also need to secure the necessary planning permit or listed building consent. This should be done if you reside in a listed building or one that has special historic or architectural interest. Consulting with a local planning department is a good idea.
Finally, choose a reputable supplier and qualified installer to ensure that government requirements are met when installing your satellite dish. Following the proper guidelines is a must to save you from additional expenses.
About the guest author:
Thomas is a writer and environmentalist from Surrey. He is also a subscriber of Satellite TV HQ.