Long considered an alternative source of energy, solar power just might eclipse conventional electric power as America’s primary energy source. So if you’re like thousands of other Americans wanting to go solar, this concise article should enlighten you on the basics.
Living for the Sun
Solar power works by converting free sunlight into usable energy. This would require either a platform or a series of photovoltaic tiles designed to snare in sunlight. The aforementioned photovoltaic tiles (usually made from silicone) would be composed of positive material and negative material that is sensitive to the sun’s rays. As the sunlight hits these cells, the energy “slices” off negatively charged ions. What would occur would be a form of energy known as a magnetic field. Small wires would then capture the energy and create an electric charge. These wires would be connected to an inverter. The inverter converts the energy into a usable power source.
Solar power is such a great source of power because you don’t pay for it. Well, you would be paying for the systems that generate solar power, but not as much as you would have paid had you set it up more than ten years ago. The efficiency has also improved compared to the past decade or two, and of course, installation is no longer a bank-breaking expense. Most systems do not require much maintenance (and if any, the cost is inexpensive) and are durable enough to last up to five decade. Hope you’re reining in that excitement!
Going solar is also more attractive now because of laws passed by numerous states, and homeowners can get a tax rebate for installing solar. “Net metering” is a neat new procedure now being used in more than half of the fifty states, and we shall quickly describe it below.
Net metering is a great way to get a discount on your utility bill. In a nutshell, you are forbidden to “sell it forward” to the electric company, or selling electricity at the same price they bill you for it. But by means of solar power, you can make things as simple as using the utility grid for power in the daytime and regular electricity in the evening. The neat part of this is that the utility meter will be running backwards, so there is a chance you may not even have an electricity bill in some months! Depending on your monthly utility bill, you might just be able to save $40,000 upwards depending on the system’s lifespan, which still equates to thousands of dollars yearly. These savings alone are enough reason to consider solar power as an alternative form of energy.
It’s been said many times, many ways, but you shouldn’t be asking yourself whether you should use solar power or conventional electricity. You should be asking yourself why you haven’t gotten around switching to solar power yet!
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