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Solar Power for the Home

It’s a safe assumption that most modern homes will feature electricity in one form or another. Even the most minimalistic homes will typically be connected to a power grid, even if they don’t use their supply. Although a common commodity for home owners and tenants, electrical power presents a variety of negative factors.

Although the main relates to the cost of running appliances and devices on a daily basis, one of the most overlooked is the impact that electric energy can have on the environment. It plays a major role in global warming and contributes greatly to the potential event. Fortunately, there are other sources of power that offer the same benefits, with very few disadvantages. Of these, the most effective is solar power.

Solar power for the home

Many home owners are turning to GEWA green energy for the power of the sun to assist as far as their heating goes. Where wind energy can offer a sustainable flow of current for electrical appliances, the rays of the sun are ideal for warming water. By installing a panel or two on top of a home and facing the direction of sunlight, a house could take advantage of hot water all day long – all without having to invest in electricity.

By using less electrical power, a home owner won’t just be minimising their eco footprint; they will be reducing the cost of their bill, too. Considering the low cost of insulation, the expansive benefits and the ease of use, it’s a wonder why more properties haven’t been upgraded to feature this unique asset.

Are there any negatives relating to solar panels?

Although they do boast an extensive range of benefits, there are a couple of negative factors worth considering. The first relates to the duration of heating potential – especially during those colder months. All solar panels will require direct sunlight to maximise their output. As the sun’s rays are absorbed, the molecules are converted into energy and then used to heat water in much the same way as an electrical current.

If the sun is unable to break through clouds, it won’t always be possible for the panels to function as intended. Although the rays will still be enough to offer energy conversion, this can be fairly limiting with a system only being able to produce a couple of hours’ worth of hot water. The panels work best during warmer months, or those that feature minimal cloud coverage.

During times where the sun’s rays may not be easy to absorb, most solar panel installation companies will also implement an emersion heater as standard. This useful little system allows a home owner to send a little more electricity into their boiler system – making it easy to warm water through, no matter how cold it may be outside. This means that solar power can be utilised for the majority of the year, with an optional back-up solution for particularly cloudy or rainy days. Find out more about Green Energy at GEWA

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