Solar energy for the home is a steadily growing trend. Some experts say it’s the way to go in terms of energy savings. Critics on the other hand state that it’s not worth the hassle. Maybe you’ve been considering switching to solar energy. You may be wondering if solar energy is for you. Solar energy is not necessarily a good fit in every situation. While you’re considering the switch, here are the pros and cons of solar energy.
Solar Energy Pros
Renewable and sustainable – One of the biggest perks of solar energy is the fact that it’s renewable and sustainable. As long as the sun never dies, we’ll always have an unlimited supply of solar energy.
Silent and Low Maintenance – Compared to wind turbines, solar panels and other solar energy systems have little to no moving parts. No moving parts mean no noise and very little that requires cleaning and maintenance. Most residential solar panels require cleaning a couple of times year but besides that, there is very little maintenance required to keep them running.
Improves home value – Research studies show that solar panels add value to your home. You get a return on investment if you ever choose to sell.
Solar Energy Cons
Expensive – Solar power is generally expensive to set up because the materials are exotic and rare. However, this con is outweighed by the fact that some states subsidize the costs of having solar power in your home. The setup, however, is just one part of the expense. The sun doesn’t shine at night and on cloudy days there’s little to no sunshine. The solar power can’t power your home if there’s no sunlight to power it. This is avoidable with power storage systems. They allow your solar panels to save power during the sunlight hours for you to use at night and during cloudy days. The energy storage systems are expensive especially depending on the storage size you choose to purchase or need for your home.
Pollution – The use of solar panels themselves do not cause pollution. The manufacturing of the materials for solar energy is associated with the emission of greenhouse gases.
Hard to move – Even though they add great value to your home, they usually have to stay there if you move. If you love your solar panels and decide to move, you might have to purchase new ones for your new home if it doesn’t come with them. The expense of moving them and reinstalling isn’t cost effective.
Those are the pros and cons of replacing your current electricity source with solar. If the benefits overwhelm the disadvantages for you, there are many times of solar energy systems on the market. From solar windows to solar tubes, the solar technology is forever changing and evolving.
As with everything else, make sure to do your thorough research, compare quotes and ask lots of questions.