How Solar Panels Can Save you Money & Help The Environment
Thinking of investing in solar panels? With energy prices rising to new highs, this is the perfect time to switch to solar energy. Installing solar panels is an excellent way to make your home or business more energy efficient.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
A solar water heater produces hot water by transforming sunlight into heat through its solar collector. To explain it in more detail, solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity throughout the day. This device converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into the alternating current (AC) electricity. The AC electricity is sent from the inverter to your electrical panel to power your lights and appliances with solar energy. The electrical panel is often called a “breaker box. The utility meter measures your energy use. It will even go backward when your system generates more power than you immediately need. This excess solar energy then offsets the energy you use at night.
How Does Switching to Solar Panels Help the Environment?
Solar power systems import clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces your dependence on fossil fuel. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Consequently, when fossil fuels are burned to create energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution and global warming.
How Does Solar Energy Save You Money?
The sun’s energy can be harnessed for many purposes. One of these is to generate heat. By using solar panels (a solar collector) sunlight is directly converted into heat. A correctly sized solar water heating system will cover 50 to 60% of your hot water heating requirement with free solar energy. Currently over three million households in Europe use a solar heating system. Just one square metre on your roof can heat as much hot water in one year as using about 400 to 500 units of electricity. On average it can be expected that your electricity usage for hot water will be reduced by between 1200 and 1500 kWh (units of electricity) per year with a three metre square solar collector installed. This is equal to between €192 and €240 annually based on the Standard Tariff rate, according to Electric Ireland.
In addition, not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment but they’re also a finite resource. Limited availability of fossil fuels, like oil and gas, can create a volatile market in which energy prices can skyrocket in a short period of time. Through investment in solar energy, home and business owners are limiting their exposure to this risk.
Where to Buy Solar Panels?
If you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of going solar and want to get a quotation on Keane Environmental’s exclusive range of Oventrop solar panel systems, contact us at 01-6205040 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.