June 18th, 2012 by Guest Contributor
It is hardly a surprise that recent developments in methods of power have set standards in ways to generate power. Home owners continue to invest monies to utilize several different forms of power generation, one of which is solar energy. The sun has been with us for millions of years, but coming up with a practical solution to use the sun’s energy is a relatively recent development. It wasn’t until the 19th century that someone invented the first solar cell, but, regrettably, the idea did not take off due to lack of public interest.
Solar power panels merely serve as a means to collect light that is then converted into electric current. The acceptance of solar power by the public has been long awaited by scientists and supporters of the environment but has been slow to reach commercial proliferation. There are a number of reasons for this, with the main one being the huge supply of cost effective (if you don’t take health and the environment into account) coal- and oil-based fuels that lasted for many years. The USA was an expanding industrial nation that knew how accessible coal and oil were and how inexpensive they were to covert to other useful fuels. However, on the horizon, there was doubt over fossil energy’s future.
Studies were released suggesting that carbon-based pollution caused deteriorating conditions in the environment. Because of this, public opinion started to change and governments around the world decided to take action. The use of coal and oil as sources of sustainable energy was brought to a head by the shortage of gas in the 1970’s, and that really was “the beginning of the end.” The rise in oil and gas prices resulted in some asking for an increased number of oil wells to be drilled whilst some wanted to pursue the production of energy from truly renewable resources, such as solar power panels.
Some people think that solar panels will provide sufficient energy to only supply that person’s electricity requirements but, in fact, that is normally not so. Usually, surplus energy is produced and transferred into the national grid to be used by all when required. In exchange, you are generally given a discount on your electricity bills.
Alternatively, it is possible to retain the energy from your solar panels that you do not immediately use in backup batteries to be used as and when required. Although, this requires a substantial outlay by the home owner. This tends to be more suited to the smaller house or a very rural house unless you are prepared to have a huge number of solar panels installed.
When people see that they can save money by putting something into place, it often triggers them into action. But, when they can also help the environment, it further encourages them to seriously consider solar power panels. Maybe it’s time for you to look into solar power options for your home.
Image: residential solar panels via Shutterstock
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