With the economy still far from completely recovering, the idea of installing solar panels on your roof might not be a very appealing one. If money is tight, to many people they will seem like a luxury. However, while that may be true in the short term, in the long run solar energy could be of huge benefit, not only to the planet but financially as well.
Here, then, are the top 5 reasons why you should have solar panels installed on your property:
Save the Planet: The planet has a finite amount of resources, and when it comes to energy producing materials, we are burning them fast. Unfortunately, although they aren’t doing any harm when they are underground, as oil for example, once they are burned to create energy, they release harmful pollutants into the air. The carbon emissions add to the greenhouse effect, and as we all know, if the scientist’s models are to be believed, this could lead to catastrophic consequences for the planet. So will your installing solar panels stop this? On your own, of course not, but you could be a part of a growing movement towards renewable energy which very well might save the planet.
Save Money: Solar panels are like mini power plants that you can install on your roof. Although there is some cost involved in having them set up, just as there is energy expended building a power plant, in the long run the benefits will outdo the costs. Using solar energy means you have to get less electricity from the national grid, meaning that your electricity bills will be reduced. Therefore solar energy will start saving you money immediately.
Make Money: At the moment, it’s even better than that though. Not only will you save on your energy bills, but if you use solar energy, you can actually make money through the government’s feed-in tariff. For all the solar energy which you produce, and then feed back into the national grid, you will be paid by the governement. This means that the initial costs of having the solar panels installed will be paid back quicker, and that eventually you will actually be making a profit from the investment.
Energy Independence: Non-renewable energy sources will eventually run out. That is inevitable, it is inherent from their name. This might not happen for some time, but eventually it will. This will mean an increasing number of brown outs and black outs, and finally conventional energy sources will be gone altogether. This may not happen in our lifetimes, but having a personal source of solar energy will mean that you can be confident in your energy independence. Therefore when you do experience a black out, you will still have electricity available.
Make Neighbours Jealous! Take all of these factors together and you will no doubt get one extra result: making your neighbours jealous. This could actually serve a good purpose however, beyond personal pride, as it may lead them to have solar panels installed as well. In this way you will be helping to promote the renewable energy movement at the same time as taking full advantage of it.
These are the top 5 reasons to get involved with solar energy, but whatever the reason for you to have solar cells installed, the results will speak for themselves.