The consumption of non-renewable sources like oil, gas and coal is increasing at an alarming rate. The time has finally come to look after some other renewable sources of energy i.e. solar, wind and geothermal energy. Many countries, states and even individual home owners have started utilizing solar energy to power their homes. One of the best environmental factors about solar energy is that it does not product any pollutants, its clean energy and highly renewable.
It used to be that if you wanted to install Solar Energy Panels the responsibility fell entirely with the homeowner. You had to purchase them yourself or through a contractor and then hire that contractor to install, maintaing and monitor the panels. Sunrun is a company that invented solar service, a way to get solar on your roof without the high upfront cost and hassle of ownership. They install, insure, monitor and maintain a solar system that is designed specifically for you and your home. You just pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce.
Commonly Asked Questions About Using Solar Energy In Your Home
Does my roof have to be facing a certain direction?
Actually, as long as your roof is in good shape and facing any direction but north you don’t have to worry!
Is solar energy only for people who don’t use a lot of energy?
Actually, the more you use, the more you can benefit from trying solar energy. Particularly in states like California, where we pay higher rates the more electricity we use.
What if my house is shaded?
Unfortunately, houses with a lot of shade would not be a good fit for solar energy. It’s not enough to get a lot of sunshine, the panels must be in direct sunlight. But what about that single pesky oak tree? Well, you might actually be able to work around that!
Is solar energy a passing fad?
To the contrary, solar energy is recognized as the future of alternative energy sources. One of the largest reasons for this is that it’s completely renewable and helps combat the effects of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels. Neither is is a “new” form of energy. Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years. In 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays.
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