In a changing world where sustainability is of utmost concern, and in the face of recycling crisis and the mounting effects of global warming– it’s more important than ever to be mindful of how we live. Everything we do and the small choices we make in our daily lives add up, and it’s up to us to work toward leaving the smallest possible footprint while actively protecting our planet through sustainable practices.
One great way to live more sustainably is by harnessing solar energy to power our daily activities. Solar energy is derived from the sun’s radiation, and it’s a profoundly powerful resource when properly wrangled.
Clean and Renewable Energy
Solar energy is 100% clean and renewable, meaning no harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere when electricity is produced using this method. Solar power is also unlimited, unlike fossil fuels generally relied upon for power. Because the ever present sun shines day after day, this particular energy source is limitless.
Oil, natural gas, and coal release harmful emissions that adversely affect air quality, as well as water and soil health, and are responsible for global warming. The glaring signs of global climate change are impossible to ignore, and slowing down the damage will require big changes on a personal level. Implementing solar energy systems for a business or residence is a great way to invest in the future of this planet.
Save Money on Electric Bills
Since your solar system will be producing energy to meet some of your electricity needs, you’ll definitely see your bill amounts drop! The amount of money saved will depend greatly on the size of your system, as well as your specific heat and electricity usage. Since the sun emits energy even on cloudy days, using solar can help offer efficiency and savings year round. Some solar energy systems even generate more energy than a household consumes, which could reduce your monthly bill to zero. In certain areas, you might even be eligible for a rebate if your solar power system produces extra electricity. Sticking with traditional sources likely means your payment due amounts will continue to climb.
Solar energy systems are generally low maintenance, adding to their cost effectiveness. They will do their job and do it well with only a couple of cleanings per year. Most manufacturers offer about a 20 year warranty, and the systems have no moving parts, so they don’t require repairs. The only part that can require attention is the inverter, as it is continuously working to convert solar energy into electricity and heat. Sometimes the cables need maintenance to ensure the system is operating at maximum efficiency, but overall, you can expect to spend very little on maintaining its elements.
More Affordable Than Ever
Though the set up costs for solar energy systems can be significant, pricing has decreased dramatically over the past few years, actually falling more than 70% in the last decade. In 2019, the average national cost for solar panels is $3.05 per watt, and the average system size in the US is approximately 6 kilowatts, so the cost for a system that size would be roughly $12,810 after tax credits– and that is an added bonus! You can get a tax break for biting the bullet and going solar. As discussed above, you won’t have to deal with a lot of incurred expenses after the initial installation is complete.
If you’re interested in taking the plunge with solar energy, all of us at Metro Services would love to help answer any questions you may have about the process. We’ve been in the business for more than 20 years, and we are passionate about sustainability. If you want to save money and save the environment at the same time, we can help!