Pros And Cons Of Home Solar Energy Systems

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As more people are becoming both environmentally and economically conscious, they are also considering solar power for their homes. To help them make this important decision, they should weigh the pros and cons for home solar energy systems.

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Pros

By installing solar panels on your home, you afford yourself to the many advantages of solar power.

1. Solar energy is renewable.

Almost all forms of renewable energy are directly or indirectly from the sun. Solar energy comes directly from the sun and will keep on coming no matter how much we use of it.

2. Solar energy is abundant.

Where there is life, there is sunlight. Solar energy can be found just about anywhere on our planet. If sunlight is harnessed and used properly, its energy can power the world with plenty to spare.

3. Solar energy is sustainable.

The earths population will not be able to deplete the suns energy for hundreds of millions of generations. Therefore, people can use solar energy with the assurance that their posterity will also have plenty to use. The same cannot be said for coal or fossil fuels.

4. Solar power is good for the environment.

The emissions that come from manufacturing solar power technology do not compare to emissions from conventional energy sources. In the long run, solar power is much better for the environment.

5. Solar power requires very little maintenance.

At most, homeowners need to clean their solar panels twice a year. Because of its low maintenance, some solar panel manufacturers offer a 20-25 year warranty on their products.

6. Solar power is shareable.

Many community “solar gardens” are emerging in neighborhoods across the U.S. Homeowners can contribute to sharing the energy from these gardens without needing solar panels on their own roofs.

7. Solar power is silent.

Photovoltaic cells do not make any noise.

8. Solar power reduces energy costs.

These days, homeowners can receive credit for electricity they do not use. They can significantly reduce their electric bill if they use solar power. Many homeowners choose to enter into agreement plans with companies like Vivint to purchase solar panels. This nearly eliminates the upfront cost of a system and enables homeowners to save on energy costs immediately.

Cons

1. Solar power can be expensive.

There are several ways that solar power can be a costly investment. Initial installation costs and repair can total up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Manufacturing solar panels can be expensive because materials are rare.
Energy storage such as batteries can also be expensive.

2. Solar power is not always reliable.

Solar energy only works when the sun is up. Panels stop generating current when there is not direct sunlight. This means that unless you have storage batteries, you will need a backup source of electricity.

3. Solar power may not always be pretty.

Some homeowners hesitate to put solar panels on their home because they are not aesthetically pleasing. You may need to check your neighborhoods policies to see if solar panels are allowed on your property. If theyre not allowed on your roof, they may likely be allowed out of sight in a rear yard.

4. Solar power still has some connections to pollution.

Some panel production processes contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. This causes concern among especially environmentally conscious homeowners. However, it does not remotely compare to the pollution and greenhouse gas emissions that come from other forms of energy.

5. Solar power requires space.

Homeowners need to look into the power density of their property. Power density is measured in watts per square meter (W/m²). If it is too low, homeowners dont have enough space to harness energy in a cost effective way.

As homeowners expand their knowledge on home solar power systems, they will find additional advantages and disadvantages that are more applicable to their circumstances. But, because the cost of solar panels and equipment has dramatically decreased and purchase agreements are now being offered by several solar and home automation companies, the vast majority of us can now take advantage of its benefits.

About the Author: Lindsey Patterson is a freelance writer who specializes in technology and home automation. For more information on home security systems check out Vivint reviews.

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