Solar Power Pros and Cons
As one of the most popular forms of alternative energy worldwide, solar power has many advantages with few downsides.
Countries all around the world are developing an increasing amount of infrastructure to utilize solar energy as it grows to become responsible for a sizable share of our energy supply. Residents are also finding out that they can greatly reduce their monthly energy bills when employing solar panels to help lessen the need for electricity from traditional utility companies. To help you better understand if this alternative energy source is right for your home here is a list of the main pros and cons of solar power.
Solar Power Pros
Good for the Environment One of the main draws to solar energy is how fits in with a growing trend to act more environmentally conscious. It accomplishes this by three ways. For one it’s renewable, unlike other popular forms of energy such as fossil fuel, solar energy won’t run out. Second, due to being renewable it’s also sustainable. As other forms of energy cease to exist, they can pose a risk for future generations that might rely on those types of power. Finally, solar energy doesn’t create the problems of pollution that coal and fossil fuel energy do. Savings on Monthly Power Bills With financing helping to offset the initial cost, the monthly savings from having solar power can really add up over time. This is party made possible because you can ‘sell back’ excess solar energy that reduces your total power bill, in some cases down to $0. Availability Many areas around the world are prime locations for harnessing the sun’s energy. This becomes more apparent as new technologies improve the efficiency of collecting solar power. Maintenance Because solar panels don’t involve any moving parts, they are relatively maintenance-free. All that’s normally needed is a simple cleaning a few times a year.
Solar Power Cons
Cost Probably the biggest factor that stops people from switching to solar power is the large upfront cost associated with it. While it’s true that installing a solar power system in your home isn’t cheap, Lifestyle Solar can help ease the initial cost to make it more manageable. Additionally, the government has a sizable 30% rebate that can further drive down the cost to you. When you factor in the long term savings, it’s still much cheaper over time compared to paying the increasing costs of standard utility power. Not Continuously Available Because solar power relies on the sun, and somewhat the quality of the weather, it’s not available around the clock. For power during nighttime or other periods where available sunlight isn’t sufficient to cover your immediate needs, your system will automatically switch back to your current energy supply. Because you can sell your excess energy generated during normal periods of sunlight, you can still offset the cost of this reduced reliance on utility power.
Regardless of the drawbacks to solar power, the benefits it provides easily outweigh any of the downsides attached to it. Speak to a representative from Lifestyle Solar to see how we can help finance your purchase and help save you money for years to come.