As our lives become more and more dependent on electricity to maintain our necessities, it seems that we should take charge of how we obtain it in a renewable cost effective way. While other forms of “green power” are only practical at a commercial level, solar panels are easily install-able to residential consumers. Sunlight is a natural clean energy resource which is overall abundant so there is little reason not to take advantage of it. By simply switching to solar panels for 25 percent of your electricity, consumers’ average global emissions will go down by over 1.5 tonnes, which helps preserve energy for future generations, while also saving households thousands of dollars in the long term.
Though it may seem like a costly investment installing solar electricity systems, the average solar system lifespan is over 25 years, during which you are less dependent on an electrical grid. In fact, if installed optimally in correct conditions, solar panels are capable of creating excess electricity to sell to power companies.
When first switching to solar panels, many consumers decide to purchase 1-3kW system, which will account for about 25 to 40 percent of their current power consumption. While that may not seem like a lot, the amount of electricity even one panel generates can lead to yearly savings on a power bill. Within a few years, solar electricity has completely paid for itself and has 20 years of reduced power costs for the consumer.
A common concern regarding solar power is that cloudy regions will not receive proper sunlight and will force the end user to use only electricity from the electrical company’s grid. While there is a reduction in the amount of electricity generated during overcast days, optimally installed panels will still collect enough energy to be a worthwhile investment. If the solar system is unable to collect enough electricity to power your house, homes will not be without power. As a precaution all solar panels will be able to store excess electricity to use on reserve and are also able to draw from the connected power companies’ grid to ensure that a household is never without electricity. Another common concern is that residents with flat roofs will be unable to get adequate solar rays, but most modern solar panel use tilt mounting systems in order to get maximum energy regardless of roof shape.
Though switching to renewable energy seems to be a dangerous investment, modern techniques for setting up solar panels are both environmentally friendly and a great way to save money even to residential users. The long term savings of switching to solar panel will not only help maintain a healthy environment for future generations, but also benefit the end user financially.