Energy, we all use it and we all consume more and more as the years pass. We continually fill our homes with more gadgets that burn electricity with hardly a thought given to the cost or how that power source gets to our homes. Non-renewable fuels such as coal, diesel and petroleum are becoming harder to find which in turn increases the costs. The recent spate of oil spills make it even more imperative that we all look into using alternative types of power with which to drive our homes. Wind and Solar energy are both renewable and after the initial set up costs are completely free.
Pollution in our atmosphere and the oil spills that have just taken place are destroying our planet. It is down to us as individuals to seriously consider using solar energy instead of trying to rely on oil, we all have to share this planet and it is our responsibility to look after it. And what better place to start than making your house a solar cell home?
A solar cell home is an investment in all our futures and as individuals the returns are extremely beneficial. Different States across the US are offering very attractive incentives such as tax breaks or rebates that can cut installation cost by nearly half. Installing a system that has a battery storage facility you could generate and store enough power to allow you to go completely off grid. This type of solar cell home system would make it possible for you to become totally self-sufficient. Another type of system allows you to stay within the grid and any excess power that you generate you can put back into the system, the great thing about this is the electricity that cost you nothing to generate through your solar cell home, the utility companies are obliged by law to pay you for. This is another advantage for those that live in areas that get a lot of sunshine throughout the year, for those in not so sunny climes the battery storage system means that any power you generate is stored and can be used at nighttime or on days that are not so pleasant.
The advances in technology added to the lowering costs of solar cell home systems means that it is nowadays affordable for everyone to be able to do their part in going green. During the early days of solar power the conversion rate of sunlight into a useable power source was very low around a miserly 1%, but with increased calls from the general public for a more sustainable power supply the latest solar cells can return over 30% of the energy they receive from the sun. This kind of a return from your solar panels means that installation costs can be re-couped in just 6 years. In fact right now there are tests being conducted on solar panels that can return 60% of the energy they receive which will further increase the interest in solar cell home systems.