Since every responsible citizen is looking to “go green” these days, more and more people are thinking about means to protect the environment and lead a better life, protecting to the natural resources that nature has to offer. One of these wonders is the sun, which is not only useful at lighting and heating up the environment; its energy can also be converted into electricity thanks to the existence of solar panels. A couple of years ago, not everyone was sure what solar panels were all about, and the ones that did know would never of owning them for their personal use. Things have changed quite a lot in the past years, and solar panels are the new trend. But what are the ups and downs of having such panels installed in your home? Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy in the home.
The main downsides
The first thing that you need to keep in mind when planning to install solar panels in your home is that the initial cost of such a project is very high. In fact, the high cost of solar panels is the main thing that is keeping people from taking this step toward a greener life.
Another important thing to consider is your location. As you may know by now, the effectiveness of solar energy systems differs a lot from one environment, location and climate to another. If your home is located in a tricky area, with sun blockage, heavy shades, or constant cloudy weather, it will be quite difficult to charge your solar panels. However, if you know where and how to install the panels, they can be very useful in such situations as well.
First of all, remember that, even if solar panels may cost a lot to install, you will never have to pay for electricity again. And when you have a big home and all sorts of appliances plugged in and running the whole time, this is the biggest advantage of all.
Also, some of you may have already heard about “net metering”. Well, this is basically a special agreement which you, as a homeowner, can have with a utility provider. The solar electric system that you have installed in your home can be connected to a power grid belonging to the utility company, and, if your system produces more energy than you use, your electrical meter will run backwards, thus generating credits. However, this is not something available everywhere, so you have to check with your local utility provider to see if you can benefit from net metering.