The economy has been pretty tough in recent years, and if you’re like a lot of Californians, you’ve been looking for ways to save money any way you can. Renewable energy provides you a way to take control of your own power needs that’s both Earth- and budget-friendly.
One option you might have considered is solar panels, which can reduce the amount of money you pay for your home’s electricity to almost nothing. There are a few technical names for these panels, such as photovoltaic modules or panels, but they all do the same thing: harness the light and heat from the sun and convert it into energy for your home. And while you may think of solar panels as those big black sheets on your roof, that’s not the case anymore.
Advancements in technology have made it so that you can get solar panels that work in almost any size, with the smallest being just the size of a standard roof shingle. But if you want to generate more power, thin-film solar cells can be made in far larger sizes to fit almost any roof for a commercial or residential building. However, the panels also need to be connected to each other to work properly.
Many basic solar systems work this way: They’re built on a roof that gets a lot of direct sunlight, and use a series of mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sunlight they receive to tens of times its normal strength, which makes the systems more cost effective. Those rays are then focused on the actual solar cells, which convert the photons in sunlight into clean, usable electricity.
You might have also heard that installing solar panels on your home will increase its value, and that’s definitely true. A good-sized system can increase the value of your home by as much as several thousand dollars.
So how affordable are solar panels? Most pay for themselves within the first year, thanks to the drastically reduced energy bills they provide, and the government rebates that most homeowners can qualify for. In the end, your home solar system could end up paying for itself three times over.
If you’re interested in saving thousands of dollars per year on your energy bills without paying a lot of money to do so, installing solar panels just might be the best option for you.