DIY Green Energy For Homes

Benefits of Installing Solar Panels on Your House

Have you ever wanted to know why solar panels are so great?

A lot of people choose to install solar panels on their homes because they realize that solar power is good for the environment.

Most conventional energy sources we use, burn coal (fossil fuels) to create useable energy, these have severe environmental impacts.

Have you heard about "carbon footprints"? This is how much carbon dioxide is released into the environment when you use energy/consume power.

Every year the United States gets approximately 50 per cent of electrical power from coal powered power plants.

The great thing about solar power is that it produces no carbon footprint, unless you count the energy it takes to produce solar panels.

The biggest benefit of solar power is that for every kilo watt-hour (kw/h) of energy generating capacity you install with solar, you'll save that from other sources i.e. electricity.

There are only a few other power sources which can offer such a benefit - namely wind power and hydropower.


Solar is far more readily available.

The sun is an abundant resource and will give out enough energy to power the universe for the next billion or so years.

That's way beyond the time either of us are going to be around, whereas scientists predict our oil reserves will run out in the next hundred years.

Another great thing is that when you generate solar power you do not need power cables and solar power never has line faults or any of the other associated problems that go with electricity.

Not only are you saving yourself money with a lower utility bill and saving the environment when you install solar panels, but you are also adding value to your house.

According to the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers (NAREA) for every dollar you save on your energy bill annually the value of you home will increase 20 times that saving.

Homebuyers are willing to pay that little bit extra for solar homes because of long term benefits i.e. energy savings in the long run.

It is also important for you to remember that a solar home will sell faster than a conventional home using electricity.

Therefore, before selling you may wish to install home solar panels on your house if you need to sell in a hurry and want to get the best possible price.

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In the past solar power has been a rather expensive energy option and very few people have been able to afford the technology and install solar panels on their house. The time is now for alternative clean energy options; a number of government and industry programs are available to help you finance your investments.

There are a number of options available for people installing clean energy options including tax breaks and rebates. It is also even possible to get low-interest loans if you want to install solar.

The reason why these subsidies and rebates are available is to make solar more attractive and less expensive to the end consumer.

It's a very good idea but the most important thing is for you to act on it - you'll save on your monthly utility bills as well as appreciating your home's value.

You will probably realize by now, even though it's a tad expensive to install solar power; the benefits far outweigh the costs in the long run.

Not only are you looking after the environment and doing your part to erase your carbon footprint...

...Solar energy is not going to let you down when there is a power outage and its not going to give you a huge utility bill at the end of the month either.

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