We all know that solar energy is an unlimited renewable energy source that doesn’t produce CO2 emissions or other gases, because it doesn’t consume fuel or require other resources, such as water or wind. This is one aspect that makes it one of the most interesting systems for producing energy from an environmental perspective. Aside to being environmentally friendly, there are also other benefits of solar energy.
There’s simply never been a better time to embrace solar energy. Here are the biggest solar panel benefits:
1. Save money with lower electricity bills
The more of your own energy you can produce the less you will have to worry about rising energy prices. Many homes manage to reduce their electricity spend by as much as 40-50%. Solar panels will still produce energy even during the winter and on cloudy days, although they are obviously most effective during the spring & summer months.
As we mentioned before, solar energy doesn’t require any outside supply to work, so its maintenance and energy production costs are practically non – existent. The only cost associated with the use of solar energy is the manufacture and installation of the components. This means that despite the large initial investment, there are no additional costs associated with its use, so the installation is recovered quickly.
2. No running costs, low maintenance and long lasting.
We have some good news! Once the solar panels are installed there are no more running costs to worry about. Occasionally you’ll want to get your solar panels cleaned to make sure they’re getting as much sunlight as possible. If you have trees in your garden it’s worth making sure they’re not obstructing the panels. Aside from this, you don’t need to carry out any other maintenance.
Most solar panels on the market today are also covered by a 20-25 year manufacturer’s warranty so if anything technical was to go wrong, you can rest safe in the knowledge that it will be sorted out free of charge.
3. Energy production coincides with the times of maximum demand
The periods with the highest energy demand are concentrated in the time slots between morning and afternoon and to a lesser extent, from evening to midnight. In systems based on the constant production of energy by power plants, the price of energy increases sharply during times of peak demand. However, solar energy, energy production reaches its maximum during the period of the day when demand is highest. In fact, in electricity markets with large-scale solar energy production, the additional supply of energy during peak times may reduce electricity prices during the mid-day time periods to levels similar to those of the night-time hours.
4. Impact on the Environment
Solar energy systems offer significant environmental benefits in comparison to the conventional energy sources, thus they greatly contribute to the sustainable development of human activities.
First and foremost, non-renewable energy resources create a lot of the pollutants that negatively impact our air quality. Second, non-renewable resources are nonrenewable because they will, eventually, run out. The sooner and more fully we can make the transition to renewable energy, like solar power the better for both the environment and our species.
Solar energy is one of the ways we can try to prevent the effects of climate change. By reducing our CO2 emissions, and releasing fewer pollutants in the air, we can all do our part to slow down climate change.
5. Charge an electric car with free energy
Are you an owner of an electric car? We have exciting news! Did you know that solar energy can also power an electric car? This will simultaneously further reduce your carbon emissions and save you money on fuel costs.
As solar panel benefits go, that’s a big one!
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