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Are you thinking of shifting to solar power? Unless you want to go completely solar, or off grid, you are likely to get a grid-tied system. That simply means you will be generating solar energy while also making use of the public utility grid you are on. The aim is to make enough solar electricity to power your home consumption or, even to contribute to the grid when you make excess. Solar power can dramatically reduce your utility bills, but apart from the economic advantage of installing solar panels, there are several other reasons going solar is a practical step.
The environment is adversely affected by almost every form of non-renewable energy production. From burning fossil fuels to the ever looming threat of nuclear meltdowns in power plants that have not been updated in many decades now, to the obvious effect of global warming, there is an urgent call to reduce energy consumption. Most likely, usage reduction in a growing population is not going to happen. Thus, it makes perfect sense to generate electricity with the power of the sun, which is one of the cleanest and safest ways to produce electricity.
Solar power panels may be on the expensive side right now, but as the days go by, it is bound to drop further. When the solar industry began 10-15 years ago panels were 3 to 4 times more costly than they are today. The advantage installing solar panels even considering the upfront investment is that it adds value to the house where the system is installed. The amount you spend on the solar systems will add value to the property in equal parts.
In some places, depending on the local authorities, the power you generate can be fed into the system, making it a solid source of income as well. Or in the instance of solar for apartments, money can be made in either higher collected rents or by charging tenants less than the utility company for the solar power the solar system provides.
Solar panels can last you many years of continued service, this is mainly because there are no moving parts and the panels are made with sturdy and robust materials. They just sit secured to the roof, taking in the sun. Solar panels even protect the roof and elongate the working life of the structure especially with ballasted systems that do not penetrate the roof and reserve its structural integrity. Efficiency also reduces very gradually with high end panels and as long as there is sun, the cells will work for decades.
Want a new lit up pool? Heating for it? How about a new kitchen line with a larger refrigerator and oven? They all come at a price, not just for installation, but also in terms of power consumption. All of this also means your carbon footprint will and is getting larger by the day. Having your own solar power plant on your roof will make it easier for you to go ahead with the upgrades, without causing any disruptions or drawing too much power off the grid.
Perhaps one of our favorite reasons to go solar is utilities are getting expensive and power will eventually cost you more per unit consumption. If you have your own renewable power source, you will never have to worry about that. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Still thinking about getting solar paneling done on your roof? If these six reasons to go solar aren’t enough contact a solar professional to see if solar power makes sense for you.
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