Energy Alternatives and Uncommon Solutions

Solar cells will soon become more efficient, according to experts, and they aren’t kidding. The future of renewables is bright, so to speak. Many countries are following leaders in sustainable power in Europe and Asia, and the United States is making significant leaps and bounds. As increased demands challenge manufacturers of photovoltaic panels to do better, we can expect more improved and more affordable products. 

Is solar power for you?

It is with this spirit of optimism that you should approach the question of whether you should invest in a solar array for your home. Appreciating technological developments in the renewable energy sector does not necessarily translate into wanting to use or adopt them. Initial installation is costly, but one must consider the benefits over the course of many years. Also, relevant to this is the argument that a move would be good for future generations. However, any investor would want to know the immediate benefits as well. 

For your consideration

While the advantages of solar energy are undeniable, there are disadvantages as well, according to solar panel service installers. It helps to explore the incentives available in your state. Before that, you must first consult with someone who understands how an array works to determine whether you are getting enough sunlight during the day, and where to orient an installation for maximum gains. After all, photovoltaic cells are most beneficial in areas that receive direct rays from the sun for the greater proportion of the day. Atmospheric conditions, latitude, and level of pollution will factor into how much solar power can be harnessed, and these must also be taken into consideration.

Solar power utilization

How about off-grid heating systems that allow you to save money on utility fees every month? Sunlight offers sufficient energy to heat the water you use at home. Even without photovoltaic cells you can utilize space heaters to heat up water. Another option is the solar water heater, which works equally well for swimming pools. You can explore passive and active water heating systems utilizing the sun’s power with a local provider.

You may also make the most of available solar tech, which allows you to use less electricity from the grid to charge electronics. You don’t have to look for a wall outlet to charge your smartphone if you have a solar powered charger. Aside from devices for personal use, you may also look for tools that are powered by energy from the sun such as flashlights that do not require traditional power sources. 

In an age of soaring energy prices and dwindling natural resources, you have to think about having an alternative energy source capable of powering your home in its entirety. The technology is available, but you must be ready and willing to invest on what is still an alternative source. Until renewables dominate the mainstream there will be more affordable sources of power. However, if you choose to think about long-term gains and future generations you won’t think twice about investing in a residential solar power array.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.