One of the main advantages of solar energy over other forms of renewable energy is that it can be used on a variety of scales. From the pocket calculator through to massive solar energy farms. One of the most useful thous is the ability to use solar energy for houses. Of course houses can benefit from solar energy farms as well, but it is also possible to get solar panels specifically for the roofs of houses. Even in the UK, when it is (regrettably) cloudy much of the time, they still work then. In fact just about the only time they do not work is in darkness.
One of the main reasons that people want to use renewable energy, of course, is that it is good for the environment. We know that our children, and our children’s children (and so on) will have to live on this planet, and we want to leave it to them in good condition. We don’t want them to have to live in a vastly polluted environment, suffering the effects of global warming to boot. So to prevent that, we would like to be able to use renewable energy as much as possible.
When renewable energy, such as solar energy, is used, it has a doubly good effect for the environment. Not only does it not create any pollution itself, but it also means that however much is created by renewable means does not have to be created by polluting, non-renewable fuels. The more we use renewable forms of energy, therefore, the less fossil fuels have to be burnt.
However, although most of us would like to use renewable energy to save the environment, if it is not practical financially then we are unable to. Fortunately, then, solar energy has the added advantage of being a sound financial investment as well. Yes, the initial outlay for the installation of solar panels is quite high, but you have to factor that against the money you will save, and make. You will save money, of course, on your energy bills, as much of your energy will come from your own renewable source. With the feed-in tariff, introduced last year by the UK government, you are now also able to make money by using solar panels.
Solar panels are producing electrical energy all the time the Sun is shining on them. This means that you will not always be using all the energy that is being created. While some will be stored in a battery system, soon you will have surplus energy that you are not using. Instead of having this energy wasted, it will instead by siphoned off to the national grid, and for that energy you will be paid a certain amount of money per Watt. This means that when you are using solar energy for houses, you will be paying off the initial expense for installing solar panels sooner than you otherwise would, and once that point has been surpassed you will begin making profits.
It can easily be seen, therefore, that solar energy combines environmental benefits with financial benefits, and it makes complete sense to make use of solar energy for houses.