Could The Switch To Solar Be The Answer To Your Energy Problems?

April 3, 2012   ·   By   ·   No Comments   ·   Posted in Solar

Are you looking for a way to curb your energy use, cut your utility bills and be more protective of the environment? If so, making a switch to solar power to heat and cool your home could be the answer.

Solar-energy systems have solar modules, which are comprised of photovoltaic (PV) cells. These modules absorb the sun’s energy and convert them into power for your home. The energy that these systems provide is environmentally friendly–they produce almost no greenhouse gases–but that’s not where the benefits end. In fact, you can reduce your energy consumption (and resulting energy bill) significantly because:

  • The sun’s energy is free, an important factor in today’s economy.
  • A solar-energy system has a typical life span of 30 years, and even as it approaches 25 years of age, it still produces 80 percent of its total energy.
  • Solar energy is an infinite resource. Most sources of energy such as oil, coal, and gas are limited and will become increasingly expensive as a result.
  • Using solar energy enables you to save as much half of the energy consumption that a traditional heating system uses.

So how do you know your home is suitable for the switch to solar? The biggest factor is your roof. Solar power will work on almost any material, except slate and clay tile roofs. It doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in, but solar systems work best when your roof faces south, east, or west. North-facing roofs will not be able to fully benefit from solar power. Additionally, your roof should be in good condition before you install solar modules. This enables you to avoid complex and costly roof repairs at a later date.

Another concern you may have is how a solar system will work with your current energy system. During the sunlight hours, when you are generating more electricity than you’ll likely need, the solar power feeds into the power grid, and runs your power meter backward. Then, at night, when you need that extra energy, you use that credited energy. You can still use your other energy sources, you just reduce the amount used.

Overall solar power is a clean, cheap and low-maintenance way to lessen your impact on the environment and solve the problems of conventional energy sources. For expert advice and installation of solar energy in the southern Arizona area, contact Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating and join the increasing amount of homes making the switch to solar.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about solar and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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