In the past few decades, solar technology has improved in a monumental way. This is partly due to the fact that solar panels are now cheaper and more environmentally friendly to construct than ever before – as illustrated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in 2015.
Reflecting the tremendous success of researchers in recent years, the data collected by NREL shows a consistent and significant improvement in solar panel efficiency rates of all types. Efficiency of solar panels is essentially how much sunlight they can turn into useable electricity.
So, how can you save with solar? Below we've compiled just a few of the benefits you'll experience after installing PV panels on your rooftop.
1. The system that pays for itself
The fact that individuals don't have to pay anyone for the sun's energy translates into affordable reliability for the future. This means that when you install solar panels in your building, you won't be at risk of an energy company raising their prices suddenly.
With solar, the amount of electricity you'll use can be calculated when designing your setup, giving you a solution that helps pay for itself and doesn't empty your bank balance.
Research also shows that homes with solar installations tend to attract a premium when it comes time to sell. According to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, homes with a solar system installed sell 20 per cent faster and more than 15 per cent higher value than those without.
2. Maintain independent energy security
If you've ever been unlucky enough to be caught in a blackout during the evening hours, you'll know the sudden panic that can ensue. Torches and candles aren't always within arms reach, and wandering around your house in the dark can cause injury and damage to your belongings.
Additionally, without power to communicate during an emergency blackout situation, there's little way of contacting friends and family to let them know you are okay.
With a solar power system and storage, you can maintain an independent level of energy security. This means that when you're stuck in an unfortunate situation, you can immediately access emergency power for your home.
3. Reduce stress at home and on the grid
Homes with a solar system installed sell 20 per cent faster and at more than 15 per cent higher value.
As our world changes, so does technology – many of us no longer have just one television, smart devices are increasingly popular and the electric car is seeing a revival.
Traditionally, this would mean a much greater power bill from your energy company to match your usage. As solar panels are modular, however, you can scale the installation to match your energy needs, with our helpful experts guiding you through what to consider now and for the future.
As solar panels are silent, they won't be obtrusive in your home or noisy like a generator would be. Also, with PV panels installed on roofs at an angle, they're easy to clean – in fact, rain will do almost all of the cleaning required.
Choosing to install a solar system in your home brings a number of benefits. While the initial one-time investment may be substantial, the benefits are ongoing – independence from the energy grid, control of your power and the price you pay for it and, best of all, knowledge that you're doing your part for the environment. Australia is a beautiful country, and deserves to stay that way.
If you're interested in learning more about what solar can bring to you, get in touch with the experts at RK Solar today, and we'll walk you through the process to find what's best for you and the planet.