How Solar Panels Can Lower Your Energy Bills and Help the Planet
Why don’t solar installers look past last year’s energy bills before they even install solar panels on a home? It’s hard to figure out the true value of solar power. Do you assess it only by how much it saves each person on their energy bill each month? Or do you think that it is a combination of several factors including the fact that you can build a solar panel cheaper than you could ever pay for a conventional electrical installation?
To get the best savings on your energy bills
you need to know how much energy is lost through the roof and how much can be saved with solar energy and a whole house system. The more roof area that is covered by solar panels the more savings. More efficient solar panels mean lower losses. You also have to consider, where is the energy drawn from? If you are in a temperate climate with sunshine long enough to allow for conversion into usable energy, then you have an excellent savings possibility. If you live in a cold climate where sunlight is less or even never available you have a smaller savings potential.
There is a way that you can assess
the value of a long-term utility investment concerning the energy savings it will produce over the life of the equipment. This would be based on the cost of natural gas and electricity in your area. There are two ways to do this, either the difference between the prices or the difference in the level of efficiency of the two systems.
One of the best things about having a solar system installed
is that the actual equipment only needs to be installed once to start producing electricity and free energy for the life of the equipment. If you install it in advance and pay attention to how well it performs, you can get a good idea of how it compares to your current system. For instance, if you are paying more than half of your monthly energy bills just to use the solar array, it may be more economically just to pay the minimum payment and have the system last longer.
Of course, if you are living in a temperate climate
there isn’t a great deal of difference between installing solar panels and your normal system. It could potentially save you a great deal more money. Again, this all depends on where you live, how much sunshine you get, and how efficient your solar panels are. The more efficient your system the more energy you will save, even when you add the maintenance costs.
One thing that you want to be careful of is not to think of energy bills
as just a monetary issue. They have an impact on your life and the quality of it. By deciding to go with a solar system, not only can you make some positive changes in your life, but you will also be contributing to saving the planet. The less you use fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources, the less harm we do to the planet. And by choosing to use many solar panels, not only will you be doing your part for the preservation of the world, but you can also expect to receive tax rebates on your electric bill each month. So not only are you saving money, but you are also helping to contribute to making the world a better place.