Harnessing solar energy is easier than ever with the rise of solar-powered home technology on the market. From solar lamps to mobile phone chargers, more companies are creating innovative gadgets that help reduce electricity use. These improvements in solar power also mean the cost of installing your own solar-powered system isn’t as expensive as it used to be, and we see plenty of homeowners investing in solar panels for their home. If you’re thinking about setting up your own solar panels, here’s a list of pros and cons you should consider.
There are plenty of great reasons to start going solar at home. Let’s start with the energy saving benefits.
Endless supply of solar energy
You can always rely on the sun to supply enough energy you need to use at home. Unlike coal or oil, direct sunlight is free and never runs out. Soon, you might even find yourself ditching the power grid completely which means no electricity bills!
Clean energy all day long
It’s no secret that electrical companies rely heavily on coal and fossil fuels to generate the electricity we all use at home. And while it may once have been the easiest form of energy to produce, we have new options now. Those methods create air pollution that’s almost impossible to contain. With solar energy, you get direct sunlight coursing through your solar panels and transformed into usable energy minus the greenhouse gas emissions.
Reduce electricity bills
Even if your solar panels don’t generate enough to supply all the electricity you need, having an alternate source of energy can save you hundreds of dollars on your monthly electricity bill. For instance, having all your lights and heating run solely on solar power mean you’ll only have to pay for the electricity used on appliances.
What’s great about solar panels is that they have no moving parts, which means you don’t have to keep checking on them after they’ve been properly installed. You do need to keep the panels clean to make sure they don’t get damaged and can absorb as much sunlight as they can, but most panels can be cleaned with water and cloth.
Cost is one factor to consider. But as with many home additions, you need to figure out how suitable it is for your home.
High Initial Cost
Depending on whether you want to buy your own solar panels or lease them from a reputable solar company, a solar-powered system will cost you quite a lot. But solar panels are good investments that eventually lead to low electricity bills and even a higher home appraisal value.
Not suitable for all
Solar powered systems rely on long exposures to direct sunlight, which means it may not be suitable for homes heavily surrounded with tall trees and buildings. Regions that experience more rain that sunshine will also minimize the benefits of solar panels for generating electricity for your home.
Requires plenty of space
Bigger solar panels are more useful then smaller panels simply because a larger surface area will receive more sunlight. It’s important to determine how compatible your roof is for installing a solar-powered system, some even opt to place the panels in their yards. Of course, it’s important to make sure you install it where it gets the most sunlight, preferably in wide sloping roofs.