Energy Guide: Suns Out, Non-Renewable Energy Clocks out
Written by: Irania Ochoa
Solar energy is the new wave! With the cost to install solar panels dropping by over 50% in the last 10 years solar energy is now more accessible than ever, with an average cost of $19,380 in California. Solar energy has made a big impact in the sunshine state with about 40% of the state’s energy being solar.
Solar energy is becoming more and more popular due to its great efficiency. Solar energy is renewable, meaning that the sun light converted to energy is never truly lost because the sun will never cease to shine. Unlike fossil fuels where once the energy is used, there is no way to reuse it. Also, solar energy helps preserve the worlds natural resources and reduces negative environmental effects. For instance, if more and more of the population resorts to solar energy, there would be less fracking for oil which leads to less earthquakes.
There are several ways to utilize solar energy:
- Solar heating and cooling
- Concentrating solar power
- Passive solar
The first three are the most common among homes and small business. These are active solar systems that use mechanical or electrical devices to transform the suns heat or light into energy. While passive polar energy is designed to largely store energy and be distributed, it resembles a power plant.
Should you switch to solar?
Everyone is encouraged to switch to renewable energy, but those who pay a sum of $150 or more for their electric bill each month make great candidates for solar because it lowers utility bill and pays back itself in about nine years for California residents. Not only that but it also increases home value and ensures future generations a healthy environment.
Am I a good candidate for solar?
In order to be an ideal candidate for solar energy:
- House should have minimal tree shading
- House should have a roof younger than 10-12 years
- Resident should plan to stay in home for at least 7-10 years
Consider going solar today!