Advantages of Solar Energy
1) It’s Renewable Energy
Unlike fossil fuels, such as natural gas, coal and oil, solar energy is an unlimited resource that cannot be exhausted. This energy is available to be utilised in every corner of the globe and can be readily accessed each day. Solar energy will continue to exist for as long as our sun does, which astronomers have calculated is at least another several billion years.
2) It Helps You Save on Electricity Bills
Solar energy is an alternative source of electricity, which enables you to draw upon its reserves to help handle the demands of your daily household energy consumption. As you no longer need to use as much electricity provided to you from your power company, you save on electricity bills. The exact amount that you ultimately save depends on the size of your solar installation.
Additionally, all surplus solar energy generated by your installation is sent back to the power grid for use by others, which entitles you to solar feed-in tariffs. The amount you receive from these tariffs varies from location to location and is also determined by how much surplus power is fed back into the grid.
3) It Has Many Purposes
Solar energy has many uses. It can be used to produce electricity to power your appliances and to generate heat to power your solar hot water systems or heat pumps. Solar energy is also a crucial means of generating electricity for people who live in remote parts of the world, where electricity from power companies is not be available to them. It is also used to purify drinking water in places that do not have an abundance of fresh water.
Beyond this, solar energy is also used throughout the world to power locomotives, personal solar gadgets (phones, watches, flashlights and so on), exterior lighting and much more. As the efficiency of solar energy continues to improve, so too do its applications.
4) Cheap to Maintain
Solar installations aren’t expensive to maintain. You must always remember to keep your solar panels clean, which typically only has to be performed once or twice a year, unless your panels happen to be positioned in an area that has a lot of falling debris from over-hanging trees or situated in an environment that is prone to heavy dust build-up. High quality panel manufacturers will often provide a substantial warranty with each panel sold, in the vicinity of two decades or more.
The other major component of a solar installation is the solar inverter. Modern systems can be expected to deliver between 10 and 15 years of continuous output. So all things considered, there is often very little expenditure required to keep your system running in tip top shape, beyond the cost of the original setup price.
If you would like your solar installation to be inspected, always seek the services of a professional repairman.
5) Solar Technology is Constantly Evolving
Like all technology, solar energy products are constantly evolving, with advances in solar panel tech enabling a greater level of sunlight absorption efficiency than ever before, resulting in enhanced energy production. These improvements will make solar energy an even more enticing solution for home owners throughout the world.
6) It Increases the Value of Your Property
These days, home builders go to great lengths to ensure that eco-friendly technologies and sustainable building materials are used throughout the house. This isn’t just in the interests of creating a more comfortable living space for the occupants or for the pursuit of some noble cause such as ‘saving the planet’, this is also done to maximise the property’s investment qualities.
The use of innovative solar technology results in lower power bills, which is an attractive incentive for prospective buyers. The home’s ability to generate income through feed-in tariffs will also transfer to the new owners, creating further incentive. How much value your solar installation adds to the property value will depend on a number of factors such as the power output of the system, the age of the system and the type of solar panels used; monocrystalline (premium), polycrystalline (mid-range) or thin film solar panels (cheapest).
Once upon a time, the presence of solar panels was actually seen as a detriment to the home’s value, purely because some older systems had a tendency to make the home look uglier. But now, this is no longer the case. Solar installations are becoming less conspicuous and the solar panels themselves are sleek and stylish, complementing the design of the home, rather than hindering it.
7) It Reduces Your Carbon Footprint
Electricity generated by a solar power system is clean energy and doesn’t emit any noxious carbon dioxide or other poisonous toxins into the atmosphere. An average residential solar system will save between one and a half to two tonnes of carbon annually.
8) It’s Free Energy
Once you’ve had a solar system installed into your premises, the electricity generated from the device is entirely free. You don’t have to pay a company to help produce your solar energy. Solar energy is a wise financial investment; it doesn’t cost you money, it saves you money and it makes you money.