As with anything in life, there are solar energy advantages and disadvantages. Solar energy has some huge advantages, but the chief complaint among the solar energy disadvantages is the cost.
Even though the financial investment required for purchasing and installing a home solar power system is typically expensive or even cost-prohibitive for some, there are some exciting new options available nowadays that can make solar power more affordable for a greater number of homeowners.
We will review these costs and compare them to real-world energy needs and costs of conventional energy sources in the average home.
Keep in mind that it is always smarter to spend a greater amount of time researching what you are about to spend your money on than in actually shopping for that system!
It's all too often that some people will dole out large sums of money for systems that aren't compatible with their needs or they purchase a home solar system that comes with large hidden maintenance costs attached.
As an old carpenter once told me, "measure twice, cut once." The same holds true when deciding whether to purchase a solar energy collection system. Review the facts for each system at least twice. Ask as many questions as possible. Consider whom you're asking as well because some salespeople will tell you only what you want to hear so they can sell you their product or kit. Talk to professionals in the solar energy business and get their take on the system or systems you're considering. They won't have a stake in what you purchase, so you could probably get more valuable information from them.
To summarize, when weighing solar energy advantages and disadvantages, these are the advantages:
To summarize the disadvantages of solar energy:
The initial cost is the biggest disadvantage. If you are planning to go all out with solar energy, the up-front costs can be quite high. Honestly, that's the only problem with solar energy that I can see.
I know that when you're talking about both sides of the issue - solar energy advantages , and disadvantages - this may sound like a very lop-sided statement.
But I say that because the benefits of adding solar power to your home far out-weigh the limitations, and that includes the financial aspect. I encourage you to explore all your options.
If you would like to live green, save energy and ultimately save a lot of money, then you may find the initial investment is quite worthwhile for you in so many ways!
Think of it this way if you wanted an RV so you could go tooling around the country, would you be willing to take out a loan to get that RV? Why not make an even better investment and take that first financial step toward freedom from traditional power sources by adding solar to your home? The rewards, including financial rewards, will last for years, not a season!
Even though the cost of a solar power system can be daunting, you may be able to swing the cost in several ways.
Additionally, there are new technologies being developed such as nanosolar and thin film solar panels that are lowering the costs of solar panels as we speak! :-)
Nanosolar is a unique process by which ready-to-use solar cells are printed rather than manufactured for use in solar panels. Amazing technologies are in process and on the way!
Additional Resources on the Advantage of Renewable Energy:
Learn more about which kind of solar panel system will work best in your home.
For more ideas on solar energy advantages, see the Solar power pros and cons page on Green-Energy-Efficient-Homes.com.
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