Relying on electricity to power your air conditioner can run up your utility bills during the summer months, especially during heat waves. Switching to solar power instead can help you save money while enjoying a cool and comfortable home when it’s hot out. Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of this type of power, which can help you decide if it’s a good option for your home.
Lower Energy Bills
One of the biggest advantages of using solar power for your home is that you’ll save a significant amount of money on your energy bills. Since you’ll be relying on the sun for most or all of your energy needs, rather than your local electrical company, your utility bills will be much lower. Keep in mind that solar panel systems usually last for 25 years or more, so that means you’ll be spending less on energy for many years after installation.
Electric companies rely on fossil fuels to generate power for homes and businesses. Since fossil fuels are nonrenewable, there is growing concern over what will happen when they run out. When you use energy from the sun for your home, you don’t need to have these same concerns. You’ll have a renewable source of energy to depend on for power in your home.
Installing a solar panel system is considerably expensive for many homeowners, but keep in mind that you’ll recoup these costs over time through lower energy bills. You might also be able to save on installation costs or get money back through rebates offered by the government and your local electric company.
Solar panel systems aren’t able to work as efficiently when it’s rainy or cloudy, and they don’t gather any energy when it’s dark out. You might need to rely on your electric company for extra power as needed when the weather isn’t cooperating.
If you would like to know more about solar power for your Long Island home, please contact Cool Power. We can help you determine if this type of power is suitable for your home.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.