To buy a solar home, or not?
When I was younger I always dreamed about having a solar mansion. I never understood why this technology wasn’t being utilized. It seems simple, if we can have homes powered by the sun, why don’t we? Well, there are many more factors that contribute to solar homes.
First off, solar homes might not be as good for the environment as we think. This is because the shade from trees effects how well the homes work. According to howstuffworks, “a poly-crystalline panel will substantially reduce its output if any part of the panel is shaded, a mono-crystalline panel will stop producing electricity entirely.” This means that shade can completely stop your home from working. If there is a solar home in a wooded area, the owner would have to cut the trees down in order to get there home to work. This seems counterintuitive. Also, if the homes stop working in the shade, that means they cannot work at night. If you needed to use power during the night time, you’d have to either tap into another power source or into a solar reserve.
Solar homes are also expensive to create; however, they would eventually save you about $20,000 a year on bills according to CleanTechnica. Solar energy is also never going to run out in our lifetime. If solar energy did run out, it wouldn’t matter because we would no longer be able to sustain life. According to the same article, solar energy can also help decrease global warming and create energy reliability. Instead of having to rely on gasoline for cars, oil for heating in the winter, and electricity to run our appliances, all we would need is the sun.
If we can develop a way to make solar-powered products more convenient, we would undoubtably go solar. There are more benefits than disadvantages and it is a renewable energy source. Hopefully by the time I’m ready to purchase a home, solar-powered houses are easy to find and maintain.