Solar Energy in a Residential Setting

Nov 25
2011

 

The most desirable characteristic of residential solar energyis obviously the money you can save, in the form of monthly electric bill savings and government subsidies, but there are many other great benefits as well. Solar power is a totally clean-energy production, creating no pollution, sludge, harmful by-products or refuse.

You are not only saving money, but you are lessening our harmful impact on the environment, and the air you breathe. For some, this environmental plus is enough to get them going on a solar power project, but the benefits don't stop there. Solar power helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil providers as well. Less money overseas means more money staying right here in America, so you are helping the economy also. And the feel-good effect of providing a smarter, cleaner, healthier way to live for our children can not be understated.

And implementing a solar energy plan in your life needn't set you back your life's savings, or take all your time and energy. One of the biggest myths concerning setting up a solar power generation system in your home involves cost. Many uninformed people are propagating the erroneous belief that solar power is expensive. Actually, you can begin harnessing solar power in your home for as little as $5, and a solar water heater system is only 40% to 75% more expensive than a standard set-up, and pays itself off in as little as 4 years. And once any solar system pays itself off, you are enjoying totally free energy for years, since most residential solar energy systems last more than 20 years.

The number of homeowners using residential solar energy increases daily thanks to the ease-of-setup, low cost of implementation and immediate financial payback. Government and local subsidies for solar energy plans in the form of tax deductions, tax breaks and outright cash incentives have become more and more accessible, and make investing in solar power even more appealing.

Interested in getting started but don't know where to turn? Ask you friends, family and neighbors if they know of anyone who has already turned to the sun for energy, and then ask lots of questions. I'll bet you find yourself pleasantly surprised by the answers, and anxious to get started on your own plan.

Residential solar energy uses the same technology as larger business and corporate solar systems, just on a smaller, simpler level. This is one of the most inviting aspects of solar power. It is simple and we can understand how it works, because we already understand the power of the sun. This allows for you to start off small, and simply grow your solar system in size as time goes on. Since solar energy systems produce more power according to how much total solar collector surface area you have, you simply add solar panels whenever you desire more power.

Residential solar energy has become more affordable and attractive in recent years. The upfront cost is the only real financial outlay, there is almost zero upkeep and maintenance, the value of your home increases, property tax raise-protection is available and you begin to receive payback immediately. You teach your children priceless lessons about being a good steward of the planet, and independence as well.

Getting a solar plan going in your life is really simple, and you can start off small and ramp up as you see results. The benefits list is long, and the negatives barely exist. So what are you waiting for? Put a residential solar energy plan in place today, and enjoy a cleaner, healthier, independent life tomorrow.

Solar Energy Facts

Nov 08
2011

 

It seems everyone is looking for interesting facts about solar energy. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that this free source may be the cure to the world’s insatiable energy appetite. So not surprisingly solar has become the latest buzz around the planet. With more and more people and governments looking to find alternate sources of energy, solar energy is coming of the age. Everyone knows that the Earth system gets power from the sun and many forms of power have their source in the sun, but it took ages for us to really understand this and reap the benefits of solar energy directly.

We can thank solar cells for this. Ok let me put my accountant’s hat on. We can now trap the sun energy onto these cells and harness the power to run our appliances. After your initial investment you only need sunlight (free) as an energy source to get power for your home energy needs. Now I’ll put on my Greenpeace hat.

Here’s another interesting fact about solar energy. Did you know it only takes one ton of sand to provide the needed silicon used to make solar power panels which equals the 500,000 tons of coal needed to burn for an equal power output. Back to my accountant’s hat- the use of solar power has been found to cut up to fifty percent of water bills where an electric heater has been replaced by a solar one.

Want some more interesting facts about solar energy? Did you know that experiments with photovoltaic gave Albert Einstein Nobel Peace Prize in 1921? These photovoltaic (PV) panels even generate power when there are clouds. It’s the sun’s rays that are converted into power and not the heat from the sun (unless we’re talking solar hot water heating).

In a PV cell it is the light that reacts with silicon on the panel and generates an electrical charge that gives power to run the appliances. The electrical current generated from solar panels is direct current (DC) and needs to be converted to alternate current (AC) to be used in for home appliances. There’s a device called an inverter that performs this function.

Adding to the list of interesting facts on solar energy is that the energy the sun provides in one day is far more than what the entire human civilization would use in a year.

The solar panels are highly durable and can last for about twenty-five years. Most of the panels come with a warranty of twenty-five years or so. These solar panels have a great feature in that they are modular making it easy to add more panels if needed. So you can install a smaller system and can later add to the panels to increase the power capacity of your home solar system.

Other interesting facts about solar energy are that its power, magnified by reflectors, can melt steel or rocks! One of the nicest things about solar (besides being free) is that it makes itself available to the remotest of locations. It’s pretty fascinating that locations far off the power grid will be able to have electricity run their day-to-day home appliances.