Going Solar – 10 Ways It Can Improve Your Life
Solar power is energy harnessed from the sun and converted into thermal and electrical energy. Modern technology can harness this energy for a variety of uses including generating electricity, providing light, as well as heating water for domestic, commercial or industrial use. In this article, we will discuss some of the benefits of using solar energy.
Benefits of solar energy
- Solar Is Good for the Environment
As opposed to other sources of energy, such as petroleum and petroleum by-products, solar does not produce any harmful emissions that may hurt the environment.
- Adding Solar Is a Solid Home Investment
Solar energy will not only save you money from your energy bill at the end of the month but will also be an investment which adds its exact property value should you decide to sell your home. According to The New York Times, a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California showed across the board, buyers were willing to pay $15,000 extra for a home with an average-sized solar panel system.
- Solar Energy Systems Are Durable
Solar panels have no moving parts and hence are not easily damaged. This lowers the chance of an interruption in service.
- Solar Can Actually Make You Money
In some states, the Renewable Portfolio Standard requires electricity suppliers to secure a portion of their electricity from solar generators. This has resulted in Solar Renewable Energy Certificates being created for every megawatt per hour of solar created. Every state’s program is different with the value of SREC being determined by the market and subject to supply and demand constraints.
- Solar Could Help You Afford the Home Improvement You’ve Been Dreaming Of
Installing a solar system offers an opportunity to design other home improvements. For instance, one may consider a swimming pool or a hot tub with renewable energy in mind. According to a report from the National Resource Defense Council, pool owners pay $500 more per year in energy bills.
- Solar Has a Fixed Energy Cost
The cost of a solar system remains the same as opposed to the electricity cost which is constantly rising or falling.
- Solar Allows You to Be Ahead of the Curve
The future of energy is renewable and clean energy. For the first time in 2016, renewable energies will make up most of the year’s additions to the power grid.
- You Can Use Solar Energy All Day
Solar energy is generated from daylight, not sunlight. Therefore even when it is cloudy and rainy, the panels will be working to produce energy. Stored energy can allow you to have electricity even at night.
- Solar Has Few Maintenance Needs
The creation of solar energy requires little maintenance. There are no moving parts in solar panels, so maintenance is quite limited.
- Solar Systems Are Silent Producers of Energy
Solar systems make absolutely no noise as they convert sunlight into usable electricity.
Renewable Energy Is the Future
Solar energy and renewable energy is the future of energy and by far the most efficient and cost friendly source of power. Solar is also a wise investment for your home and will go a long way to improving the value and sustainability of your home.
Biofriendly Blog would like to thank Michael Ulin from PowerScout for his guest blog post. Michael is head of Data Science and Digital Marketing for PowerScout. He’s passionate about using technology to help inform people about the benefits of renewable energy. He lives and works in sunny Oakland, California.