There is more energy from the sun reaching earth every day than we could ever use. It’s free, safe and endlessly renewable.
When you consider the fluctuating costs of oil and gas to heat your home, in addition to the emissions and environmental damage created when using typical heating methods, solar power makes sense on all fronts.
Once installed, solar panels give you free, unlimited and reliable power, and are virtually maintenance free.
There are two basic ways to harvest power from the sun: solar photovoltaic panels (PV) that convert light from the sun into electricity, and solar thermal collectors that use energy from the sun to heat water or another fluid for heating your home, or pre-heating your home’s hot water tank.
Solar thermal is very cost-effective. Pre-heating your hot water for showers, dishwashing and laundry using solar power can save up to 50% on your water heating bill. And, if you’re able to use solar thermal in connection with radiant floor heating, you’ll save even more.
Solar photovoltaic panels (PV) require a more substantial investment. A 100-watt solar photovoltaic panel can produce about 400 watthours of power per day. With the average home using about 25,000 watthours per day, 62 PV panels are required to provide enough electricity. That’s a lot, and the payback takes time.
You may question whether you’ll get your money back when you sell, or how long it will take to amortize the initial cost and see real dollar savings. We think it’s important to look beyond dollars when calculating the return on your investment. Solar technology is an investment in our quality of life, in our communities and in the environment.