Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you dread the day each month when your electric bill is ready or cringe when you think of the ecological footprint that you and your immediate family will leave behind, it is time to consider the benefits of solar energy. It is often surprising to learn that there are actually different types of solar energy that can be used today and it does not have to be an "all or nothing" type of endeavor.
In fact, many homeowners who lack the funds or the time to completely convert their homes over to solar energy are able to hire electrical contractors to make their homes greener. That means it can be done at a slower pace or by choosing different technology than what might normally be expected.
What About Photovaltaic Panels?
If your idea of solar energy has a rough image of bulky panels on the roof of your home, you are thinking of a photovoltaic (PV) panel. It is important to understand that although it is frequently the first association that customers have about solar for, it is the least efficient way to harness solar energy. The theory behind this means of producing solar energy is solid, but the actuality is that current technology needlessly wastes at least 80% of the solar energy it harnesses.
Therefore, it is a very expensive way to obtain a less than perfect result. Fortunately, technology is expected to improve in future years, providing better use of a PV panel. If you choose to use PV panels, it will be helpful to remember that you can install and use one panel at a time, to minimize your initial costs.
Or Would Solar Thermal Technology Be Better?
Solar thermal energy is obtained on a larger scale and wastes much less of the clean, safe energy it produces. In lieu of producing relatively small amounts of energy on individual homes sporadically through an area, large amounts of energy are produced through high-tech means at a factory and then distributed, as with a traditional electrical provider.
Due to the expenses associated with producing solar thermal energy, it is best to consider it as a long-term investment. However, current estimates are more than 90% of the sunlight used with this method can convert to usable heat. It is important to allow for the fact that solar thermal technology is not yet able to power the number of items that PV panels do; although what they do with power is a greener choice.
In conclusion, it is a good idea to remember that decreasing the energy you use at home is an important first step and replacing it with any amount or type of solar energy is a great second step. Your electrical contractor, like SDS Electric, will be able to determine what your best option for using solar energy will be, possibly in conjunction with an energy audit.