1. Saves Money
Solar power saves you money. The sun’s energy is free to use. But we need technology to harness the energy so that we can supply our homes with power. Fortunately, solar technology has come a long way and solar PV cells are a fraction of the costs they were a decade ago (when they were out of reach for most homeowners). The initial investment in solar panels is soon outweighed by the huge costs savings month-to-month as homeowners no longer need to pay for electricity. Water, lights, heating, and even cars (electric or hybrid-based) can all be powered by the energy supplied by solar panels.
2. Saves The Environment
One of the most important advantages is that by using solar as a primary energy source (or even a secondary source to electricity lines) we cause less damage to the environment. Whenever we use electricity from traditional sources, such as coal, wood and nuclear plants, we contribute to global warming, pollution, the general destruction of the planet. The resources that we currently depend on are not infinite. Neither is the energy of the sun, but it will outlast the other resources by a long, long way. The sun’s energy is what we call clean energy. It’s a source of power that does not pollute, contaminate, or change the environment negatively.
3. Helps The Economy
Switching to solar energy can also help the economy by reducing the need for fossil fuels from overseas. New Zealand is a net importer of energy. Per capita, NZ is also a high consumer of energy. With solar energy, comes less reliance on imports and this helps boost the country’s economy.
4. Makes You Money
By using solar panels, your property’s value will increase as it becomes a more sustainable energy source. Once the cost of buying and installing the panels has been taken care of, your home is more attractive to buyers thanks to its energy self-sufficieny. As energy costs increase worldwide this self-sufficiency becomes ever more important.
5. Low Maintenance
With no moving parts or complicated delivery systems, solar panels need only a small amount of maintenance every year (minimal cleaning). Without moving parts, solar panels do not contribute to noise pollution in the environment or home.