24Apr

Utilizing Solar Energy in Your Home

Thursday | Filed in: Grid-tie solar

With the recent furor surrounding the impending price rises in energy bills, it’s no wonder that people far and wide are looking into alternative methods of home energy. While many people will look into the possibility of changing suppliers in order to find a better deal, there will be just as many who expect a similar cost and service from similar suppliers and who, therefore, feel that there is something to gain from going green.

Can Solar Power Work For You?

As with everything, there are always arguments for and against the case. Many people feel that solar energy is not a viable way of creating enough energy in the way that we normally source our energy, but realistically, this is just not true. It’s a fact that solar panels can harness a huge amount of energy. The silicon in just one ton of sand, when used in conjunction with a solar panel setup, can physically generate energy levels to match a thousand tons of coal. We have to remember that all energy directly or indirectly comes from the sun, even the energy stored in coal and oil, so using a solar panel is just a way of going directly to the source!

Solar Is the Future!

Solar power has an important place in terms of providing energy for families in America in the future, as other less-sustainable sources will continue to become more expensive as the supply diminishes. Thankfully, we are now at a stage when using solar power is neither expensive nor difficult. There are many approaches that can be taken if you want to install solar panels. The most common route these days is to contact a specialist solar panel company that will be able to install a system to suit your property.

Approach Providers

It’s often possible to strike a deal with a provider who will draw up a contract for you that will involve you renting the panels. This means you avoid a large outlay at the beginning, and you only have to allow the company to draw a certain amount of the power generated away to the national grid. What it means for you, the user, is effectively subsidized electricity and energy in the home. Of course, there are disadvantages to this method, with many people being concerned about their lack of control over a product that has to remain on their roof for a 25-year period.

Buying Outright

Most people opt to buy solar panels outright. The initial outlay can be high but you benefit from generating your own energy, in addition to the likelihood that you will be able to sell energy back into the national grid. It’s easy to set up this sort of deal, and almost all energy companies will buy power from you to put back into the grid.

Even a single solar panel is likely to provide a significant portion of your energy needs, so covering your roof in panels is advantageous if you can afford the initial cost.

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