There are a lot of things that can be said about solar energy. It remains an obscure, and hardly utilized source of energy. Many people do not understand how the photovoltaic panels work. Many solar roofing installers promise more than they can deliver.
All of these things may be true. But the fact remains that solar is one of the best – if underutilized – sources of energy available today.
Perhaps we can start by exploring some of the myths about solar.
Solar Energy Requires a Backup Source. Even if you don’t own a home with a southern facing roof, solar panels can easily power all of your home’s energy demands – in most cases without using the entire surface area of your roof. For many people, in fact, the panels produce an energy surplus, which then provides an energy credit enjoyed by the homeowner.
Solar Energy is Too Expensive. For an average home – defined by energy utilization – complete solar system runs between ten and sixteen thousand dollars. That’s before any rebates, tax credits, or incentives have been applied. Depending on the state you live in, these things can reduce the cost of the solar system significantly – in most cases, at least 30%. The other mitigating factor is that solar panels add value to your home. Not only does your home become more saleable – compared to neighboring homes with hefty energy bills – but you can expect to net an additional fifteen to twenty thousand dollars at time of sale.
Converting to Solar Means Sacrificing Modern Conveniences. It is possible to live off the grid entirely, and go without modern conveniences. But these are not choices you will have to make when you go solar. Homeowners who have used solar for over ten years have consistently reported that the panels provide 100% of their homes’ energy demands. You certainly can have a backup battery if you want, but it’s not necessary as solar panels store the excess energy converted during the day to use in the evening or on cloudy days. And it’s always more than enough.
Producing Solar Panels Demands More Energy Than They Save. Given the life of typical solar panels – twenty to twenty five years – they have plenty of time to cover the energy cost of producing them. In most cases, it takes between two and four years for a panel to “cover its energy cost”. After that point, the energy produced is all surplus.
Solar Panels Are An Eyesore. Not only do solar panels provide additional protection for your home, they are sleek, low maintenance, and beautiful. Very few people dislike the look of photovoltaic panels, but if are one of the few who don’t, typical asphalt roof shingles are available with the photovoltaic cells built right in.
There are very few reasons not to consider solar energy as a viable alternative energy source. It is abundant, affordable, durable, and very easy to use. With reasons like this, it’s hard to not consider going green.
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