People are becoming more and more conscious of the environment. Renewable energy is getting more and more affordable, and more and more effective. SO if you wanted to power your home and minimise the impact you have the environment, you have your chance. Below you can find an article detailing how you can power your home by using solar energy. And if you don’t want to take such a serious plunge, you can apply this to only parts of your home. Read on to find out more.
How it works
Solar energy has advanced so much that now you have over 2 million Australian homes running on solar power. However, we won’t bore you with too many details. Essentially, you have a solar panel. The said solar panel absorbs sunlight (not heat, they work in winter time too). Then, the PV cells in the panels convert the sunlight into electricity. This then flows into an inverter that converts this DC type of electricity into AC electricity. Finally, AC power flows directly into whatever you are powering.
Power your entire home
So, let’s start with the biggest job – powering your entire home. The most effective and popular way of powering your home with solar panels is by installing them on your rooftops. Still, know that you can get them in your front and backyard as well. The best part is that they will require minimal maintenance once installed.
Of course, you need a good contractor. We suggest you go local. If you’re in the New South Wales area, contacting electrical contractors in Albury will be a good choice. They will most likely be familiar with how much electricity you need, and how much sunlight you can get. Namely, every area is different. Sure, Australia is famous for just how sunny it is, but you still need to be aware of exactly how useful your panels will be. The last thing you need is running out of power during a particularly cloudy week.
A local contractor can also give you some advice on whether you can rely exclusively on the panels, or if you can only use them as a supplement.
Use it for your appliances
However, if you lack the room or means to power your entire home, you can also just power certain sections of it. For example, appliances use up a lot of energy in your home, and finding solar powered replacements are a great idea. Get a contractor to set things up and to have some power diverted directly to these objects. You can also install solar-powered lights, and even get some smaller devices, like solar flashlights and speakers. Remember, the little things add up over time.
Heat up your pool or cool down your home
Is there anything better than hopping into a nice cool pool after spending an entire day in the hot Australian sun? Yes, jumping into a hot tub to warm up when it’s cold outside. The same principles apply – get a solar power version, or divert power from your solar panels into whatever place you want.
After the initial investment, you will save up some money with solar panels in the long-term, and help the environment. A big problem with air conditioning units is that an entire city will have them on at the same time. This will cause a serious power drain on any local power plant. However, you’re relieve part of the burden by having your solar panels take on some of the work.
Getting a solar power home is amazing for your wallet and the environment. While initial costs are high, after some time you will notice your bills dropping as fast as your negative environmental impact. Furthermore, you won’t have to force yourself to power your entire home with panels. You can have some of the energy diverted to your appliances, for example, and leave the rest to regular power plants. And, if you are lucky, maybe one day you can go completely green. Until then, always keep in mind that it’s about minimizing your impact, not removing it completely.