Taking the Solar Plunge
Many people have said they wished they could convert to solar power to help supply their electricity. Aside from the obvious benefits to the environment, the potential for saving money is always dangling in front of you. Some believe that potential is far more dream than reality and talk of the high costs of implementation making any savings a fantasy. While every situation and application is different, in many situations the savings and potential are very real now and it is no longer too soon to start actual implementation.
Solar is Already in Many Homes
While the dream of solar power is often considered something for the future, there have been years of successful implantation in both the home and world at large. From the minute like the solar powered calculators that have been around for years saving millions of batteries from landfills, to the very common use of solar powered landscaping lights found in yards all over the world, solar has already become common place.
Road signs and warning signs very often use a solar panel and battery pack to stay lit in the public sector as an expedient solution to power in remote highway locations. Cell phone and laptop charges that sit in the window of your car to ensure fresh batteries available are commonplace. Passive and active solar solutions are the norm for heating swimming pools. This gradual conversion has paved the way in technology and acceptance for more robust uses.
Solar hot water heaters are not only efficient, but proven ways to save money over conventional electric hot water heaters and becoming common in many climates. The increased cost now will allow savings over the life of the heater even without the many government incentives available for their purchase and installation. While actual location, hours and intensity of sun, and climate will always be a factor, the use in many areas is no longer experimental and genuine conservation is happening.
The Next Step
While the most meaningful future advances are still on a commercial level (like the conversion of many big box stores to roof top solar arrays), the home applications are becoming a reality. While most homes do not have the large square footage of unimpeded flat roof required for full solar arrays, smaller arrays on a southern oriented roof proves an effective supplement t daily needs. Accurate determination of if your space available will be cost effective is best done by experienced photo voltaic installers. Places like Mark Group that have contracted home applications for years will be able to give a far better estimate of both actual energy production and savings and a cost analysis that will enable you to determine if it makes sense for your home.