With hiking energy prices along with the fact that it has never been easier to use (and waste) electricity, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a growing number of Aussies are looking for ways to lower the cost of their energy consumption. Luckily, the times are changing and more and more people are making an effort to switch to renewable energy solutions, such as solar energy.
The money-saving benefit solar energy offers is the main reason behind the growing number of people installing solar hot water panels. For instance, heating water comprises about 25% of the total energy consumption of a single household, hence installing solar hot water panels can really reduce your electricity bill. But saving money is not the only reason to invest in a solar system.
Solar panels contribute for less or even no CO2 emissions meaning they can create energy without contributing to pollution. This makes them the most environmentally friendly power source on the planet. In the light of this fact, powering your home with solar panels can help reduce the effects of global warming.
Moreover, these systems are completely self sufficient. They are designed to harness large amounts of electricity just by capturing the sun’s rays. They absorb the sunlight and convert it into heat that is stored inside the solar panel which is heavily insulated. It has tubes and passages in the solar panel and pipe system that send the heated water to the boiler.
They can be either standalone or installed on rooftops. Rooftop panels are, as the name implies, mounted on the roof and ideally you would have them set at a 90 degree angle for more exposure throughout the whole day. However, if you have a flat roof, the system would require an incline frame to set it in the right angle for the more sun exposure. If however you can’t install a panel on your roof, maybe standalone panels are better suited for your home. They can either be put on the ground at a fixed angle, or be fitted with trackers that follow the sun to increase efficiency.
Additionally, some DIY enthusiasts might be able to install the solar system themselves, but since that involves heavy panels and electrical wiring, it is advised to take all the necessary safety precautions before undertaking such task. There are also a lot of schematics and ideas for homemade solar powered creations so going through some DIY sites is a must for anyone who wants to use the sun’s power to their own advantage.
The use of solar systems goes beyond making households energy self-sufficient. You can do with solar that you can’t with normal electricity, and that is installing it on a vacation villa, cabin or RV which is isolated from the electrical grid.