- Renewable & Alternative Energy
10 Reasons To Use Solar Energy
With growing concerns over depleting oil supplies and our impact on the environment, many people are choosing to "Go Green." Anyone can "go green" by doing the simplest little things remembering to recycle or doing larger things like reducing your dependence on non-renewable energy sources. Every little bit helps our environment.
A great renewable energy source to consider is solar energy. If you're wondering why, here's 10 great reasons!
1. Solar Energy is Renewable
The Sun is still young and has plenty of energy to offer. There are no concerns of the Sun's life coming to an end any time in the near future so solar energy will be around for a very long time to come. With no end in sight, the Sun should be providing us with energy every day for centuries.
2. Solar Energy is Clean
Traditional power plants can create pollution in the forms of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, mercury, and even radioactive material (in the event of an accident at a nuclear power plant). Solar energy systems do not create pollution in the process of turning solar energy into usable electricity. Systems like photovoltaic system don't even use moving parts!
3. Solar Energy Reduces Your Electrical Costs
When you install a solar energy system, you're going to save money on your electricity bills. Your solar energy system will create energy your you to use in your home every day. The more energy you use from your solar energy system, they less you'll be using from your local electricity company. If you don't use a lot of electricity, you may even be able to supply the electricity company with energy for them to resell. Some electricity companies have paid people for doing this and others have offered credits towards future electricity bills. You might be able to make money by installing a solar energy system on your home or business.
4. Solar Energy Brings Energy Independence
If you don't live in or near a city, it may be difficult and expensive to get power lines run to your home. With solar energy, you can provide power for your own home without having to deal with the electric company. Even if you live in a city, your solar energy system may be able to provide you with enough energy to completely power your home!
5. The Fuel Is Free
If you look outside right now you'll probably see sunlight shining down all around you. Even in cloudy conditions, some sunlight still gets through and makes its way to the ground. All of this sunlight is the fuel that powers solar energy systems. These systems harness the energy of the sunlight and turn that energy into electricity for you to power your electronics. And best of all, you don't have to pay a single penny for any of that sunlight!
6. Solar Panels Are Easy To Install
Alright, it's not so easy for just anybody to install solar panels. But if you hire an experienced installer then they should be able to install your solar panels quickly and painlessly and have you running on the power of the Sun in no time. Solar panels are very low maintenance as well.
7. Emergency Power
Have you ever lost power in the middle of the night and realized you have no flashlights? How about in the day when you're doing something important with an electronic device? Most houses are not powered by a backup generator (which generally run on diesel or gasoline) so when the power to their house is lost for any reason, they're stuck without power until the utility company can fix the issue.
Solar energy systems can be very helpful in these sorts of situations. Most solar energy systems include a battery to store extra energy for just this sort of problem. If the power in your neighborhood goes out in the middle of the night, your solar system will just keep on supplying your house with electricity from its battery. You probably won't even know there was a power outage unless your neighbors mention it. If your power goes out during the day, your solar system will keep creating electricity for your to use just as it normally would. Solar energy systems can help you avoid troublesome power outages.
8. Future Employment Opportunities
Solar energy is still a fairly "new" and growing field. Eventually solar energy systems will reach a point where most people will be able to afford them. As we get closer and closer to that point, more job opportunities will open up in numerous solar energy fields, especially sales and installation.
9. Solar Energy Systems Increase Property Value
A lot of people consider how different projects around their home will affect their property value. Solar energy systems will effect your property value just like adding a room, a swimming pool, or a garage would. By increasing it! Solar energy systems have numerous benefits to a house or business and in turn raise the value of the property that they're installed on.
10. Solar Energy Has Tax Incentives
The federal government (and some state governments) offer tax incentives to those who install solar energy systems on their property. These incentives could end up nearly paying for the cost of the solar energy system. So you could enjoy the benefits of your new solar energy system while the government gives you tax breaks for using alternative energy!