5 Reasons to Go Solar

Going solar is not only good for the environment, but also for your wallet! While the upfront costs may seem pricey, you’re saving a lot of cash in the long run. Installing solar panels on your home will also increase your property value.

#1 Your Electricity Bill Will Decrease

No matter what, you will notice a decrease in your electricity bill. Depending on the type of solar system you choose, you may even eliminate your bill altogether.

Even if you could care less about the environment (which hopefully, you do)- your wallet will reap in the benefits. You’ll be spending less money on utilities and more towards what you truly want. If you ever sell your home in the future, having solar panels installed on your home will also increase its value. It will look great in a listing and will attract tech-savvy buyers.

#2 You Will Become Independent

By going solar, you will no longer have to fully rely on a utility company to supply you power. When installing your solar system, you can also choose to have an energy storing system alongside it. If you’re looking to go completely off-grid, this will ensure you have enough juice to power your home throughout the night and during cloudier days.

If you still want to be connected to the grid, you can opt-out of having an energy storing system. If your solar panel system isn’t generating enough electricity for your needs, you can borrow some power from your utility company. Some may even pay you if you generate more power than you use and supply it back onto the grid. Either way, you are still coming out ahead with generating your own electricity!

#3 Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Your carbon footprint will be significantly be reduced when you choose to go solar. Around 40% of all carbon emissions in the United States are due to buildings. You will be helping out the environment and sustaining a better future by relying less on the grid.

#4 Solar is Dependable and Reliable

You may have been led to believe that solar power can only be used when the sun is shining. However, that is not entirely true- if you choose to install a battery system alongside your solar panels, you can store energy for when the sun isn’t at its fullest potential.

Your solar system will begin generating electricity as soon as you can see sunlight. Whether to sun is rising or setting, whether it is raining or snowing, you will be generating electricity for your home. Solar panels also last a very long time and hardly ever need to be maintenanced. Once your system is installed, you’re ready to go for a long time.

#5 You Will Feel Amazing

I don’t know about you- but knowing that I have solar panels on my home is an inspiring feeling. I not only feel great about myself for making a step into the future, but for the environment. I find it fascinating that we can now harvest energy from the sun and use it just as plants have been doing for billions of years.

So what do you think? Are you going to go solar? Let me know in the comment section below! It may cost a bit to install your new solar system upfront, but the benefits are well worth it. You can become energy dependent, reduce your carbon footprint, and end up saving lots of money in the long run. Personally, I also enjoy looking at the statistics of my solar generation and consumption each day- it’s fun to me.

Whether you choose to go solar now or not, just keep it in the back of your mind. I wish you the very best in your journey!

The Increasing Use of Solar Energy

I was driving down the Interstate when something caught my eye. I looked to my right and saw a field full of solar panels. I was amazed and went out of my way to come back around just to see them again.

It got me thinking about renewable energy and the increasing use of solar energy. I have always been fascinated by technology and science; which of course includes solar panels. There is so much that humanity has to learn about the way the universe works. Once we begin harnessing the benefits that it holds (in a healthy way) – we will flourish. It’s apparent that we are living at the forefront of this new era as it can be seen all around us.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells that capture energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. This works by allowing particles of light to free electrons from atoms within the panel itself. It is this that generates an electrical current and voltage.

Not too long ago my fiancĂ© purchased a solar panel for me as a gift. It was a Newpowa 10 watt 12 volt solar panel ($24 on Amazon). I loved it and went to try it out immediately. It was astonishing to me that a device with no moving parts could generate electricity with what seemed like barely any effort. I still use the solar panel today, mounted on the roof, to keep a spare lead-acid battery charged for when it’s needed.

I have put some links to their solar panels below. I would highly recommend a solar panel from Newpowa. They’re an amazing company with great prices for such high quality products. If you are looking to start a solar system you will also need to look into charge controllers, which I will go over in the next section.

Solar Panel System

Next to the solar panel itself, the charge controller you choose has to be one of the most important decisions you make. It takes the electricity from the panel(s) and optimizes it in the most efficient way to charge your battery storage system and/or directly supply a constantly safe DC voltage for you to use.

You can choose to store you energy or use it directly. Using a storage system with batteries will ensure you are saving some energy, for when the sun is not giving you as much as you need when you are demanding it. You can opt into building a lithium-ion system or linking together traditional lead-acid batteries.

If you require the energy you are producing from solar panels for AC usage, the kind that you’d get out of an outlet in your house, you will need to grab an inverter as well. It converts DC that the solar panels and batteries give off into AC.

Food for Thought

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