Without power, our home’s ducted air conditioning or heating would be as good as useless. We’d either swelter or freeze under our own roof.
A horribly grim sight, isn’t it?
Now conjure up an image of a house using sunshine for all its energy needs. Brilliant, isn’t it?
Harnessing the sun’s rays to supply the power required in your home is not a new concept.
In Switzerland, where the sun rarely shows up, many people have solar-powered homes. It is no surprise that the US has about 400,000 homes with photovoltaic units currently installed.
With its rapid increase, scientists predicted that by 2020, about 4 million homes will have PVs on their roofs.
The most important question on everyone’s mind right now is:”What’s in it for me?”
Why Should You Care About Solar Energy?
This is the breakthrough technology we have all been waiting for. Finally, we can have a comfortable home simply by using the sun’s radiation. Yet some are still hesitant to embrace this idea.
Maybe they don’t have the cash on hand to afford the initial cost of installing solar panels. Or perhaps, they have not heard of the environmental and economic benefits of solar energy, such as:
With a solar system, you can heat water, keep your home cozy in winter, and use electricity without pollutants.
Tapping solar energy will not produce noise nor toxic gases.
Knowing you’re not harming the planet with your daily energy consumption clears your conscience of environmental sins.
Unlike coal, oil, and gas, solar energy can be replenished as long as the sun is up there shining brightly.
Supplies of coal, oil, and gas will be soon depleted but the sun’s power will last.
When the sun hides, the batteries of the solar panels will supply the needed energy for homes and buildings.
Save yourself from paying exorbitant energy costs later on.
An economist writer/analyst predicted that mortgage would be as expensive as energy prices in the near future.
When the world runs out of fossil fuels, everyone will struggle to find an alternative energy source.
However, if your home or building is powered by photo-voltaic cells, you will not be affected by this energy crisis.
When you use the sun’s rays for your home’s electrical and heating needs, you can save energy.
Find out the difference between independent off-grid PV system and a grid-tie system (commonly installed by professional solar contractor).
The latter allows you to sell electricity to a power company and then buy it back whenever you need it.
The initial cost of photovoltaic cells is high but the investment can be offset by avoiding monthly utility bills, applying for tax credits or selling your surplus energy to your neighbors.
5. Solar power makes eco-friendly living possible.
You’re aware of climate change. You’ve heard so much about global warming. You know the best thing to do to save the planet.
When your home gets most (if not all) of its energy from the sun, you reduce your carbon footprints and lead a sustainable lifestyle.
More importantly, setting an example of eco-friendly living will inspire your family, friends, and neighbors to do the same.
By adopting solar technology, we can finally make the dream of green living a reality.