Summer is here which means longer days, bluer skies and a whole lot of sun. Summer can also mean there might be a lot of power failure. Solar panels will be your saviour by using the sun to provide energy for your home. Solar panels convert light from the sun a.k.a photons into electricity. Light from sun is renewable energy. This helps reduce household’s dependence on the electricity.
You might ask yourself, why you should switch to solar energy? In a couple of centuries, all fossil fuel resources on earth will be depleted quicker than they can be created. The demand for energy is only increasing with every passing year.This is why we need to switch to an alternative energy source. Using solar energy is the way to fight this problem.
Not convinced yet? Here are few interesting benefits of solar energy
- Cheaper source of energy
Since you will meet some of your energy needs with the electricity your solar panels generate, probably the biggest advantage will be drop in your bills. How much money you save will depend on the size of the solar panel and your electricity usage.
- Environmental friendly
The use of solar energy is truly renewable. This means clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home helps tackle greenhouse gas and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuels.
- Low maintenance cost
This system does not generally require a lot of maintenance. You only need to keep the panels fairly clean, cleaning them a couple of times per year will do the job. The inverter might be the only part that needs to be changed.
- Can be expensive
One of the major disadvantage can be an expensive initial investment. This includes the purchase, wiring cost and setting up the panels
- Weather dependent
Despite of the fact that solar energy can be used during cloudy and rainy days, the efficiency of the solar panel drops. Solar panels are dependent on the sun to effectively gather energy.
- Roof considerations
The solar panels are not made for all roof types. If your roof does not have space to set it up then it becomes a problem to have solar power at home.
Few tips on buying a solar panel
- Do your research
Before jumping into buying a solar panel, do your research on the type that fits your usage.
- Decide on the type of panel
There are a range of panels that work for different roof types depending on the space. If you have limited space you can choose the mono-crystalline solar panels.
Compare the warranties offered. You can expect a warranty period of 25-30 years. It is important to check the warrant period of the inverter also.
Solar panels can be used for outdoor lighting, Water heater, and for all your major home appliances like your light bulbs, fans, etc.