Solar power vs electric – Which is better and why
When we think about switching to solar power, it’s usually because we’re looking to save money, or we want to help the environment, or both of these things. These are good reasons to make the change, but there are other equally decent motives for making the switch to solar power.
Here’s why we think it’s time to move away from the electrical grid and get on board with the solar movement.
Help the environment
There’s no disputing the fact that switching to solar power will help the environment – it’s clean, there are no carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, and solar panels can eliminate the need for massive power plants. This is all good news for the planet. Most of us release about 3 to 4 tons of carbon into the air every year because of our electricity use, and that’s just one household. The potentially positive impact on the world can’t be overstated!
Reduce your energy costs
If saving the environment isn’t enough of an incentive to convince you to install solar panels on your roof, how about saving thousands of $$$ every year? The average household will save between $1500 and $4000 every year by going solar. Sure, installing the panels involves some upfront cost, but they pay for themselves in just a few short years.
We’ve looked at the obvious reasons for switching to solar power, but there are other benefits to going solar. One thing often overlooked is the increase in retail value to your home. There are a growing number of homebuyers that are actively looking for homes with solar panels already installed. Even ones that haven’t really thought about it consider it an attractive feature. Solar panels on your roof increase its value on the real estate market without a doubt.
Avoiding power disruptions
At the beginning of the 21st century the northeastern US and Canada experienced one of the worst blackouts in history – power was out everywhere for days. This type of disruption can be a life altering event, but not if solar panels are installed on the roof of your home or business. With solar powering your home life could continue normally while the grid is undergoing repairs. It’s not hard to envision a future where solar power is the norm and there is no electrical grid at all. Ahhh just imagine – FREE POWER FOR EVERYONE!
Sell excess back to the grid
Depending on where you live there may even be an opportunity to make money while you’re powering your home or business with solar panels. In some areas, you can sell any excess power created back to the local power utility to help power the grid. Most solar systems produce considerably more energy than you need – why not make some money off the leftovers?
It’s time to bite the bullet
There are probably many more reasons that changing to solar makes sense, but these are definitely the key ones. In the past 10 years solar has gone from being a minor fad to a major industry. The time to go solar has arrived!
If you’re wanting to find out more about your options in solar and want to speak with a solar panel professional, contact the team at Prompt Electrical today on 5535 6642 or 0411 728 572, or you can send us an email.