Taking advantage of the Sun’s light to supply your home with electricity helps to reduce your electricity bills and your carbon footprint. Whether it’s summer or winter, throughout the year, Australia bakes under the unyielding rays of the sun.
On average, Australia experiences more solar radiation per square kilometre than anywhere else. The sun provides Australia with 10,000 times more energy annually than what is used by the country in a year. Solar panels enable the use of this incredibly abundant, renewable source of energy.
Solar panels allow the harnessing of the Sun’s energy and convert it into electricity that can readily be used in the home to power all of its appliances. Comprised of photovoltaic (PV) cells, the panels are usually mounted on the home’s roof and situated in a way to maximise their exposure to the Sun’s light.
Aside from powering electrical products, solar energy can also be used to warm water and to heat your home. Heating water accounts for up to a third of a typical home’s electricity bill.
Financial benefits of solar panels
A home solar power system’s initial start-up and set-up costs should be looked at as an investment that pays for itself over time.
Obviously, as you create your own energy, you use less from the country’s power grid, which saves on your monthly electric bills. However, when your solar panels generate more electricity than your home requires, in most cases, you can sell the excess electricity back to the power grid.
Helping the planet
You can also greatly reduce your carbon footprint by installing a solar power system on your home. Solar energy is green, clean and renewable, unlike traditional sources of electricity from the grid. Solar panels don’t release any greenhouse gasses and they don’t pollute the air. Even the amount of energy used to produce the solar panels themselves is minimal.
What you need to know before investing in solar panels
Doing your research and getting advice from the professionals at Captain Green Solar can help you make an informed decision about solar panels. Here are just a few things you should consider before making the change to solar energy:
- Your solar power system’s efficiency depends on the type of panels you have installed, the size of your system and where your home is located.
- The efficiency of your system and how much electricity your home uses will determine home how much electricity you use from the power grid.
- For your solar power system to be worthwhile your home’s roof can’t be shaded, you need to be able to maximise the Sun’s rays.
Solar power is an excellent way to save money year round and help the planet by reducing your carbon footprint.