September 5th, 2012 by Tauseef Hussain
As household budgets continue to be squeezed and the economy staggers on, the environment struggles to cope with the demands put on it by modern man. With all this in mind, there is every reason to look to alternative energy sources to meet the needs of our high standard of living. Solar energy is one of the more popular renewable energy sources that can help you save on your energy bills.
With an increasingly large portion of the population installing solar panels to produce electricity for both their homes and offices, it’s clear that this type of energy source is effective in terms of operation and effective in terms of cost savings. Not only that, the effect on the environment is extremely positive, so when you install solar panels you do your bit toward helping save the planet (and can drop all that guilt you’re carrying around inside).
The cost of installing solar panels for your home will depend on a number of things, such as the size of the home and the types of panels in use, to name but a few. For large buildings such as company offices, the initial investment can be quite considerable. However, the long-term benefits are real. Check with your local government agency on whether there are any subsidies being offered to home owners for solar installations.
Solar panels are not known for their visual appeal. But if you’re particularly worried about aesthetic appeal, you can opt for the less intrusive solar panel ’tiles’. At the end of the day what matters more is an affordable and renewable energy source that will protect our planet and help us maintain our quality of life. And hey, some people really like the look of solar panels.
Can solar panels be effective on any home? Essentially, yes. However, they are best positioned on a roof that faces south and that slopes to a 35 degree angle. Overhanging trees or buildings will work against the effectiveness of your solar panels, so be sure to thoroughly review the options you have when it comes to placing the solar panels on your building. Ensuring your home is properly insulated and that you adopt as many other energy saving habits as practicable in your home and business, will mean your energy bills will be reduced even further when you install solar panels.
Solar panels are thought to save as much as $250 on your electricity bill annually in the UK, and with government tariffs you can even make money from generating renewable energy! Check your local area to see what you need to do to qualify and for how much. You might also need to seek permission from your local planning office to install solar panels.
Although the initial cost of solar panels can seem a lot, ranging anywhere from $6000 to $9000, the long-term benefits are there in terms of savings on your energy bills (there’s hardly a better investment you can make in many locations), as well as for helping the environment. Furthermore, with today’s non-renewable energy sources becoming depleted at a breathtaking rate, it is only a matter of time before we will all need to adjust to a cleaner, greener way of life.
Tauseef Hussain is a media blogger and has written several articles on Shower Cubicles and Bathroom faucets. But, this time, he chose to write on increasingly popular solar panels for us. We hope you enjoyed reading the write-up. You can follow Tauseef on twitter @usef4u
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