- Solar Energy can be utilized to offset utility-supplied energy consumption. It does not only reduce your electricity bill, but will also continue to supply your home/ business with electricity in the event of a power outage.
- A Solar Energy system can operate entirely independently, not requiring a connection to a power or gas grid at all. Systems can therefore be installed in remote locations (like holiday log cabins), making it more practical and cost-effective than the supply of utility electricity to a new site.
- The use of Solar Energy reduces our dependence on foreign and/or centralized sources of energy, influenced by natural disasters or international events and so contributes to a sustainable future.
- Solar Energy supports local job and wealth creation, fuelling local economies.
- Solar Energy systems are virtually maintenance free and will last for decades.
- Once installed, there are no recurring costs.
- They operate silently, have no moving parts, do not release offensive smells and do not require you to add any fuel.
- More solar panels can easily be added in the future when your family's needs grow.
- After the initial investment has been recovered, the energy from the sun is practically FREE.
- The recovery/ payback period for this investment can be very short depending on how much electricity your household uses.
- Financial incentives are available form the government that will reduce your cost.
- The savings are immediate and for many years to come.
- It will save you money on your energy bills.
- Solar Energy is clean, renewable (unlike gas, oil and coal) and sustainable, helping to protect our environment.
- It does not pollute our air by releasing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide or mercury into the atmosphere like many traditional forms of electrical generation does.
- It actively contributes to the decrease of harmful green house gas emissions.
- It's generated where it is needed.
3 gallons of oil, refined and burned, provides 400,000 BTU's once. But 3 gallons of oil, made into a 4 x 12 foot solar collector can provide over 10 Million BTU's per year....
YEAR AFTER YEAR!
Lower payback periods are possible based on maximizing sun exposure. As energy prices rise, payback periods decrease.
In the past, usable amounts of domestic hot water were only available in the summer months, on cloudless days, between April and October. During the winter and on cloudy days, the output was poor.
Independent surveys have shown that modern systems do not suffer these limitations. There are cases of households in cool climates getting all of their domestic hot water year round from solar alone.
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