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Solar Energy; Save Money With Solar Panels

Updated on March 5, 2012

Myths about Solar Energy

People have been using the power of the sun’s rays for heating their dwellings for thousands of years. In recent years we have been able to harness, and store this energy for reuse.

The big black glass panels or Photovoltaic panels you see on roofs are quickly becoming the most popular type of alternative solar energy.

Often I hear people say that they can’t get solar panels because they don’t get enough sun where that live.

This is simply not true. I am from New England so I will use Boston, Massachusetts as an example. Last year Boston got around 98 sunny days without any clouds. This translates to approximately 3.75 hours of sunlight per day use a calculator to determine the size and approximate cost of a solar system. Remember the above figure only counts Full days of sun. Partially sunny and cloudy days are not counted. Which brings me to my next point. Solar panels only work when it is sunny. This is also not true. Solar panels do work when it is cloudy. They will not produce a lot of energy but they do work. Solar panels collect solar radiation from the sun and convert that energy into electricity. click to see how solar panels work

Most solar systems are part of a tied grid system. This configuration consists of a two-way meter. This allows electricity you produce to be back fed into the grid you are tied to, this means your meter spins backwards when you are producing more electricity than you are consuming. Selling you unused electricity back to your local utility, reducing your monthly Kwh’s used and your monthly electric bill. The added benefit to this system is if you can not produce enough electricity to meet your needs the grid meets the demand.

The alternative to grid tied systems, are stand-alone systems. These are typically used if there is no grid to supply energy. Or if you can produce enough energy to meet all your needs.

If solar panels are not for you see other ways you can Save on Electricity

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