Home Improvement : Solar Energy Pro’s & Con’s

solar panel installationShould you install solar energy? Like everything, solar power has its ups and its downs. For one thing, you don’t have to worry about storing a giant nuclear factory… somewhere… on the earth – but it’s not like you can go on a repair mission if something goes wrong.

Of course, those are a couple of extreme examples pulled out of a hat, and there are definite pluses and minuses to working solely with solar energy. Today we’re going to cover some of those. So should you renovate with solar panels? The experts at Best Solar Panels Perth have provided a list of advantages and disadvantages of going solar.

Advantages

As alluded to previously, one major benefit of using solar energy is that the main source is not something that you have to physically maintain. The sun will take care of itself, and all we have to do is have a company like Roof Worx install the solar panels on your roof and catch the energy of the sun. There are other reasons to use solar as well: it’s pollution-free, noise-free, can save hundreds of millions of dollars over time, is highly cost-effective once you’ve got your system set up, you can “disconnect” from your local power grid, and so on.

Not only that… you can store solar power once you receive it. Whether it’s in batteries, water storage tanks, or special heat-retaining building materials, there are various ways to keep that energy on hand for another time. Many houses are being made in designs that naturally force the air to circulate, thus keeping that house from needing air conditioning or heating. If you really want to make an energy-efficient house, combining those designs with materials that release stored heat from the day over the cooler night is a great way to go. Once your house is built, all you need is that glorious bright sunshine.

Disadvantages

Unfortunately, solar power isn’t always peachy. Even though the long-term investment pays off by saving you quite a lot of money, the initial setup can be quite expensive. Not only do you have to purchase the panels, but you need the wiring and cabling, the mounting systems, and the equipment to convert the direct solar power into usable energy for your home. Installation, of course, is another step to take into account, because your house or business needs to have adequate real estate to support all that infrastructure as well as having that real estate be facing where the sun will reach it.

You also need to keep in mind that solar power is only available on sunny days. That might be prompting a “well, of course! I knew that!” As obvious as it may seem, it’s definitely worth checking into for your house. There are various sites online that will tell you how many days a year average out as sunny for a specific area, so absolutely check these out before you undertake revamping your house for solar panels. Of course, we can always help you check as well when we do any kind of a consultation for you.

Now, keep in mind that these are just overviews and basic situations, and that each house and business will have their own unique architecture and sunny areas. For more info on the pro’s and con’s of solar energy, click here.

 

 

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