Why Solar Energy?
Although not a new concept, solar-powered energy is just beginning to garner the interest of residential homeowners. The rising cost of traditional energy sources has contributed to this increased interest. Additionally, as the cost of implementing solar-powered systems has decreased, the interest among consumers has spiked. There are many reasons why installing solar panels makes sense, in addition to the obvious cost savings.
How Solar-Powered Energy Works
During solar installation, solar panels are placed either on the roof or on the ground in direct sunlight. The solar panels collect energy from the sun and send it through lines to the home. Some homeowners use this energy to power their entire home. However, it is more common for homeowners to use solar energy only during peak energy periods to reduce what they are paying to the utility company. One main benefit regarding solar installation is that it is modular. This means that generating more energy simply involves installing additional solar panels.
Advantages of Solar Energy
Switching to full or partial solar energy offers many advantages for both residential and commercial consumers.
- It’s Free– Generating solar energy is free once the initial setup is complete and the necessary equipment is installed.
- It’s Clean– Unlike other fuels, which create pollution or have harmful impacts on the environment, solar energy is 100 percent environmentally friendly.
- It’s Renewable– The sun’s rays never run out and never diminish. There is no risk of running out of the primary fuel source.
The Savings Add Up
Although solar installation does have an initial cost, most people recoup these costs fairly quickly through the ongoing reduced costs of operating the equipment. The most noticeable reduction in costs is in the utility bill. Depending on how much solar-powered energy a household produces, it will dramatically reduce or eliminate the amount purchased from the utility company.
To encourage adaptation of solar-powered energy, the U.S. government and some states have implemented tax credits for consumers who undertake solar installation. In addition, some utility companies also provide discounts to consumers who use solar energy to reduce their consumption.