Solar Panels for Electricity
Carbon emissions, nuclear waste, hundreds of pollutants – the production of energy is really damaging the environment. Our current sources for energy (ie coal, oil) are rapidly getting used up will likely disappear soon if we do not change our ways. It is time to consider solar panels for electricity.
Think about it: the sun is one resource that is available in huge quantities, is constantly replenishing itself, and costs absolutely nothing to access. Unlike the majority of non-renewable energy, solar energy is produced where it is used. This means jobs for people in our country.
There are a number of great reasons why you should use solar panels for electricity. Primarily, you will see a real difference in your monthly utility bill. In fact, you may even get to the point where you are producing so much of your own energy that you can sell it back to the utility company. In this scenario your home has become a valuable asset.
Many people don’t realize that you do not have to only use solar panels for electricity. Many people now use small solar powered lights in their gardens, or heat water with solar heaters. However, the true goal is a full photovoltaic solar panel array.
Informed people who are designing new homes incorporate passive solar design. By making important decisions in the layout of your home and garden, it is possible to save huge amounts on your monthly bills. Everyone should be taking advantage of alternative solar technology.
Even if you can not initially afford solar panels for electricity, utilizing passive solar energy is something every one can do. Using plants to help cool and keep warm a house is stunningly effective.
The current solar panel design features photovoltaic, PV, cells. These are semiconductors with two layers of silicon. If you decide to build your own solar panel, it is not necessarily important that you have a complete understanding of how these work. However, you should seek help from a friend or contractor who knows what they are doing.
If you are the do it yourself type and like the idea of using solar panels for electricity, it is not too difficult to build these things from home. There are a number of great plans available online, and these are fun builds.
Using renewable energy will leave you feeling like you are making a difference. You may even want to install both a solar and wind system!
It is important to note that building and installing these systems is often an expensive undertaking. Although the initial investment will be repaid many times over the course of years, you should also read up on available subsidies and tax credits for renewable energy use. I recommend looking at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy at www.dsireusa.org to find out exactly what type of tax incentives and subsidies are available in your area.