Its Your Power is not something you get told every day, but when it comes to solar power, it’s exactly true, it’s yours. Yours forever. And in the mid to long-term its pretty cheep; if not close to being free.
So lets look at what’s involved. Lets say you own your own home. You probably get power bills that you wish you didn’t, well not as high as they are. And you probably think there’s not a lot you can do about it. That’s not strictly true.
Like most things in life, when it comes to effectiveness and efficiency, it takes some investment to achieve those ends. What or how much you invest tends to define how long it takes to achieve a return on your investment, recover your costs and reduce your maintenance and replacement cost and cycle. Installing solar panels is not a cheep investment. Depending what extent you want to go to is a deciding factor.
At the outset you may want to consider starting off with one solar panel, to lower your immediate costs of high usage utilities such as hot water, for showers for example. That probably eliminates a reasonable amount of your electricity bill, especially in the winter. But there are a few other things you can do to add to your savings.
Firstly there is a change in your water usage habits. For example, with a little discipline you can look at the length of time you take showers. Even with using electricity that can make a significant difference to your electricity bill, as can running your washing machine on cold cycle washes. Then there are a few small things such as when you boil a jug, only boil the water that you need. Don’t boil a litre of water to make a cup of coffee for example. Even given the cost of investing in a solar panel that will provide enough energy to meet those needs, along with installation, you can recover your costs and make a significant short-term saving on your electricity bill.
You can then move on to looking at insulation if you want to use electricity to cool or heat your house. Air conditioning is not cheep to run, and again with a few other considerations, such as the type of curtains, how shaded your house is with the use of trees, and the extent to which you can use closed doors to keep heat in or keep heat out makes a difference on it’s own. Add to that the benefit of using electric fans, which are far cheaper to run than an air-conditioning system, becomes another saving. Window glazing is another thing you might like to consider. Then when you add to the additional saving you make from using solar power, you’ll find you have made even greater savings and free energy source. Now of course all those changes cost, but think about it in the longer term. Remember you are making an investment.
Additional savings can be made using solar powered water pumps for sale. But as with making water-heating savings, you can make savings on the electricity costs by only having the lights on that you need, being vigilant about turning lights off when not needed and using energy saving bulbs.
Finally, with additional solar panels you can replace electricity for cooking etcetera.