More people are turning to solar energy, but did you ever ask yourself why go solar energy? if this is the case in this post, I am going to share with you the 5 benefits of solar energy and answer this question.
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Why Go Solar Energy
Shifting from traditional sources of energy to renewable energy especially solar has many benefits, it is beneficial to your personal finance, the economy as a whole, and the environment.
It is true that the initial cost of installing solar energy is high, most people can not afford it, but remember after installation, there are little maintenance and the system can run for more than 25 years.
Since the cost of running solar energy is minimal, you should expect to get back your invention in 5 to 7 years depending on your energy consumption. After that all the energy you get from the system is free.
This saved money you can spend in other areas of your life or you can save it, also remember that real estates that have solar energy installed on them have a higher price than those that do not have solar energy, just having solar energy at your house you will increase it is value.
On a larger scale, if American households switch to other types of alternative energy including solar energy, the nation’s spending on imported oil will greatly decrease.
It is environment-friendly
Apart from the initial construction phase of solar panels, solar energy production is very environment friendly, it does not produce pollution, dust, or noise during the energy production, since there are no moving parts involved
The issue of global warming will not go away. So if you want to do your part to save this planet, drawing your power requirement from the sun will make a great difference.
It is sustainable and renewable, unlike gas, coal, and oil which most utility companies use. It does not produce sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, or carbon dioxide as byproducts so it doesn’t pollute the air. Since it doesn’t emit greenhouse gases, it doesn’t contribute to global warming.
Using solar energy reduces the demand for fossil fuels and reduces the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources.
You can get government grants
As I said before, the initial cost of installing solar energy is pretty high and this discourages many people from installing solar energy.
Some states and countries offer rebates, tax credits, and grants to all people who are installing solar energy. Some states like California offer federal tax credits as much as $2000 and an upfront rebate that covers 20% to 30% of the total system cost.
In Mexico, the government can offer up to 50% of the total cost of the solar energy project if the total cost of the project does not exceed 2,000,000 Mexican pesos. These offers are relatively good considering the substantial increase in energy cost in recent years.
There are many states and countries that offer different types of rebates, you just need to figure out what offer they have in your state or country.
Note: Due to the increasing number of households who want to switch to alternative forms of energy, the incentive levels decline. Check with your state government the rates it offers if you are going to make a switch.
It is dependable and requires little or no maintenance
The production of solar energy does not contain moving parts, since there is no part that is moving there is no need to oil them or replace them more often.
Photovoltaic (PV) cells that are used in solar power systems are capable of providing electricity for a very long time. Originally developed for space use, PV cells require little or no maintenance.
The proof is, that most satellites orbiting earth use PV cells that are in harsh environments, not maintained but are still working properly. The manufacturers of solar panels can give as much as a 25-years warranty. Talk about quality and dependability.
It helps improve the quality of life
The energy you produce from your home will improve your personal and collective life, after recovering your initial investment ( it will take between 5 to 7 years on average), all the energy you generate is free, this means you do not have to pay for the energy and you can use that money to improve your life.
You can invest that money, you can pay for insurance, you can travel, all these activities will help to improve the quality of your life.
In the collective sense, saving the planet one watt at a time if done collectively will help reduce the effects of global warming.
It will also reduce the demand for coal, oil, or gas power plants that emit harmful gases. In turn, using solar power helps clean the air and improves the quality of life of every individual.
Solar energy can reduce demands for other non-biodegradable materials
In order for the power companies to distribute power to every home, they need materials necessary in building these systems of power lines like electric cable and steel.
These require energy to produce and contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. If we can cut the demand for power plants and switch to alternative energy, we can also reduce the demand for these materials and help the environment.
That is it, those are five reasons why you should consider going solar today, it will save you some money, it will give you the sense of purpose of helping the planet, and improve your personal and collective quality of life.
In terms of rebates and grants, make sure you check with your local government to see if they of any kind of rebates and/or grants.