Turning to solar has economic and environmental benefits, both of which are important if you believe in a sustainable future.
If you have always wanted to convince your partner that solar paneling is the way to go, or you want to know why you should board the solar train, here are a handful of reasons why you should seriously consider installing solar panels on your house.
Basically, installing solar panels on your roof enables you to harness the 100% renewable power of the sun. As you’re generating your own personal energy, you’re reducing your reliance on the power companies and minimising risk of anticipated price hikes. Every watt of power you get during the day is a watt less you use from your energy provider.
If you generate more energy than your home uses, you can even sell your excess power back to the grid – earning you money.
To get an idea of the efficiency of these panels, consider this example: each square meter of panel is exposed to about 5 kWh (kilowatts per hour) of solar energy per day. At 15% efficiency, our square meter captures and delivers 0.75 kWh of energy to the house. A typical American home uses 30 kWh of electricity per day, so in order to power it, we would need 40 square meters of panels. That’s not a huge amount of paneling, given that the average size of a house in New Zealand, based on floor area, is 149 square metres.
If you generate more energy than your home uses, you can even sell your excess power back to the grid – earning you money. Plus, having solar installed increases your property value by up to roughly 4%, and these houses can sell up to twice as fast as houses without solar.
If you’re intrigued by all of this, but still worried about the initial price, don’t be; solar paneling has dropped in price from an excess of $40,000 back in 2008 to between $8,000 and $13,000 fully installed.
You can actually own a world leading LG Solar system for as little as $4.50 per day with NO up front payments from Harrisons Energy Solutions. Think about it this way – that’s the same price as a coffee per day! Plus, with a free on-site solar assessment, the power is in your hands more than it has ever been.
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