Solar power is traditionally thought to have many benefits such as, it is a clean source of energy, it is free of emissions, and is a renewable energy source. Unlike fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, solar power systems doesn’t release harmful pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions – like carbon dioxide etc. – into the air. Although an array of efforts ranging from individual to institutional level are required to achieve the goal of making solar power the favored power solution for domestic use, the perks attached with it are many. The following benefits can be achieved by switching to solar energy for your home.
Reduction in electricity bill
It is true that to install solar set-up, a considerable amount of money is required. However, this should be considered as an investment since the resultant benefits of this investment would far outweigh the initial cost. According to a report published by Forbes, on an average relatively solar installation runs roughly between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on how much electricity it produces. After the sizable one-time purchase and installation cost, solar energy greatly reduces the electricity you need to power your house. Average savings range from $7,500 to over $30,000 for a modest solar-power system over its 20-year useful life. Therefore, benefit is much more than invested amount.
Low maintenance costs
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance in order to function. The only thing they need is a periodic light cleaning to make sure there is no dirt, and other items aren’t hindering the sun’s rays. The only time you may need more extensive maintenance is during periods of heavy snowfall, or if your panel’s energy starts to decrease (you may need to change or repair solar panels, but that will happen after years). In short, the overall cost is lesser than the amount which one pays in the form of imposing taxes under the name maintenance cost in regular billing. Most reliable solar panel manufacturers offer 20-25 years warranty.
Promotes green environment
Besides reducing electricity bills and maintenance costs, promoting a green environment is another benefit of solar energy. Using the sun to generate more and more of our power means less and less harmful emissions from burning fossil fuels. Generating electricity from solar panels means less toxic emissions from fossil fuels into the air.
Less Electricity Lost During Long-Distance Transport
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) estimates 15-20 percent of energy is lost during transmission and distribution. The longer the distances between the production and the supply points, the more energy is lost. Having solar panels on the roof or in the yard significantly reduces this distance, therefore increasing the efficiency of the solar panels.
Local Job Creation
Another benefit of solar energy is job creation. A large part of the cost associated with solar systems comes from the making and installation of the panels. As creation of solar panels does not require heavy set-up, so this business is even in the approach of a small businessman. This contributes to local job creation. In short, using solar systems boosts the economy and positively affects the local community.