Many people are installing solar panels to power their houses, some do this to follow a trend, some do this for political reasons and most do this to save money. In this article, I am going to share with you 6 main reasons to install solar panels.
You care about the environment
Most large cities are contaminated, this is due to the increase of manufacturing factories, cars, and other heavy machines that produce a lot of pollution to the environment.
Since solar panels do not have movable parties and do not produce pollution to the environment, installing solar panels will help the environment.
The solar panel’s carbon footprint is roughly 20 times less than the carbon output of coal-powered electricity sources. As a result, your carbon footprint will decrease as soon as you install solar power in your home.
After taking a look from the environmental point of view, now let us move to the part where most people are interested, the money part.
Installing solar panels into your house will help you to save money, this is the money that you were supposed to pay your utility company, now you can save it, and use it for other things like traveling the world, investment, etc.
Depending on the sizing of your solar panel system, you can save anywhere between 50% and 100% of your utility bill.
Depending on the size of your house, solar panels can take between 4 years to 10 years to pay themselves, since the solar panel system can last for more than 25 years, the rest after that is just pure profit.
This is another money side of the solar panels, if your solar panels produce electricity in excess, you can sell it to your utility company.
In the United States, the utility companies will install a bi-directional meter that will measure the amount of energy you send to the utility company when your solar panels are producing more energy than you use, and also they will measure the energy from them you use during the night or in cloudy days when solar energy is not being produced.
If you produce more energy than the energy you consume, the electricity utility company will send you credits for each extra KWH you send to them, this can translate into a very good paycheck at the end of each month.
The amount of credit per kilowatt-hour will depend on your state, some will pay more some will pay less. This is a nice way to get paid for your solar panels.
Off the grid
If you do not care about the environment or the money there is another reason that can encourage you to go solar, and that is your freedom.
If you are tired of living in big cities and you want to live somewhere in the mountain or far from other people, there is a possibility that in those areas there is no grid electricity and you will need to go solar.
Also if you are one of those people who like to live a nomad life and move from one place to another in a Van, solar panels can be the best option to power your van.
The main drawback of going off-grid is that you do not have the protection that you get when you connect your solar panels with the grid system, for this reason, you will need to have batteries to store energy that you can use when solar panels are not producing electricity ( during the night and cloudy days).
Installing solar panels in your house will give you versatility, you can have solar panels combined with the grid system ( grid-tied system), you can go completely off the grid, you can combine the grid-tied solar system with batteries if you have a movable house you can install solar panels into it and move around the country.
This will give you different options and you will have the possibility to live your life the way you want and still have electricity to run your devices.
One of the reasons to install solar panels is personal responsibility, where you care about the mother earth and you want to reduce the carbon footprint or do you want to improve personal finances.
If you would like to give your children’s children a better shot at continuing the human species run on this planet solar power is one small contribution that you can make all by your little self.
That is it, those are the 6 main reasons to install solar panels, whether it is for the environment or for the financial, installing solar panels to your house is one of the best investments you can make in your life.