Benefits of Solar Power for Residential Homes
Solar power systems allow you to take
advantage of the free heat and light that comes from the sun. If you're
considering converting your house to solar
home heating, there are plenty of pros and cons. The initial cost can be
quite large but the benefits of solar
power will pay for itself in more than monetary ways.
Solar power has many advantages over other energy sources but how
beneficial it is depends on your location. In southern locations, where
the sun is quite direct, it can be used quite efficiently to heat, light
and produce electricity for an entire home. In the northern locations
where the days are shorter in the winter, the radiate heat from sunlight
can help supplement the primary heating source.
Energy from the sun is plentiful, free and environmentally-friendly.
With enough solar panels, it can generate ample electricity for your power
requirements without any CO2 emissions. For heating, passive solar collectors
(see: How Does Solar Heating Work?)
can be designed into new homes or retrofitted into existing ones. Renovations
may be expensive but can reduce heating bills quite drastically. Upgrading
with an active solar collector
(see: What is Active Solar Heating?)
will allow for even more savings from the increased efficiency.
When the sun is hiding behind clouds or isn't shining bright in the sky,
solar power is at its weakest. But with a battery backup system, the power
can be put in storage for later use. Some installations make use of the
stored power as a backup system, only coming on when there's a blackout.
With solar charging, the backup system is re-charged everyday and allows
electrical systems to keep going for days at a time.
Having your own solar power supply gives you energy independence from
the power company and, moreover, from the political affairs. Energy prices
are volatile and react swiftly to comments and tensions from around the
world. With solar power, you don't have to worry about conflicts and issues
affecting your monthly heating and electrical bills.
Solar power can be as complicated, or simple, as you want. For simple
garden light installations, individual solar lights can be conveniently
placed without the need for complicated outdoor conduit and wiring.
Individual units can be placed far from the electrical box, only needing
access to full sunlight. Similarly, medium-size solar power systems work
great on boats, RVs and camping trailers.
For large household installations, the setup is more complicated
and expensive but they are permanent and are will last the lifetime
of the house. Weather-tight solar
roof tiles can supply clean electricity for the entire house.
Don't forget than many utilities and municipalities support the
growth of alternative energy sources. When people start providing
for their own electricity, large power-plants owned by the power
company don't have to be expanded as frequently. Check with your
local authorities for rebates and tax credits for residential solar
When it comes to the benefits of solar power, you need to weigh
your requirements with your investment. The up-front costs to purchase
and installation a system can be as large or as small as you like but
knowing your power requirements will help you build an appropriate-sized
system that will suit your energy needs.