Today, many people are interested in using alternative sources of energy. Their reasons for wanting to install non-traditional, renewable energy sources in their home vary greatly. Some seek to reduce the cost of maintaining their homes, some are trying to break free of corporations. Some just want to do something better for the environment, to stop the surge of dam building and river busting that has been a part of our societal operation for so long.
Solar power is a big topic among people looking to create a greener style of living, or to find alternative energy for their homes. But just what does it mean for the average home owner? What are the disadvantages to using solar power? Can you really save money? Let's take a look at some of the answers to the questions solar power users have.
First, let's address the question of cost. Installing solar power technology in new homes is no cheap undertaking. Estimates of the cost of installing these systems average around $70,000. That is a lot of money! Proponents of the technology argue that when calculated, solar energy will pay for itself within twenty years, depending on consumption and of course solar availability. So, don't get into solar power thinking that it is going to save you a lot of money.
On the other hand, solar power can be used to boost the efficiency of homes slightly, and that can save money. For example, solar powered outdoor lights are a great way to save money on your landscaping costs. They are cheaper than electrical, and they won't cost you anything in power either. Likewise, using a solar power pool cover or even panels on your pool house can cut down on costs of running your outdoor oasis.
The practicality of solar power also depends on where you live. As a northern country, Canada may not have enough direct sunlight every year to make solar powered, cost effective homes a real possibility. However, if you own a villa, there are some real advantages to going solar. Countries close to the equator get more sunlight more often, and that can mean a solar grid pays for itself much faster than in northern climates.
In short, if you are looking at homes for sale which include newly installed solar technology, don't expect them to be cheap. However, if you are making a long term commitment to this power source and to the home, the technology might just be worth it. If solar technology is not a suitable method of heating your new home, speak with Builders Choice heating and cooling in London Ontario about HVAC systems that will work.