Solar panels sound like something straight out of science fiction - but you can install them in your house if you want to! Remember: with great solar panels, come great benefits! And there are also a couple of negatives you should learn about too.
You'll find the three most important pros and cons to solar panels down below!
The greener side of solar panels
1. Long-term, it's a smart investment
Solar panels are cost-effective in two ways: first, you won't believe how much your electricity bill will drop when you install them; second, you can get paid for the surplus energy you get.
Imagine that! Your electrical bill drops - and you might get money from your electrical company for all that energy the sun is giving you for free! Eventually, the panels will pay for themselves.
2. More panels, more value
Adding a solar panel is like renovating your house. It costs money, sure. But that money won't disappear, it'll add to your home value.
The more panels you add, the more your home value will increase. How much your house is worth isn't a number alone; it's important to determine your equity, mortgage interest rates, and more.
Plus, a self-sufficient home is worth way more than an average house. That's a given.
3. You help others by helping yourself
Yes, you can get money from your solar panels. Of course, you will see a drop in your electrical bill. Sure, your home value will increase significantly.
But renewable energy isn't about money alone, it's about helping others. When you install solar panels, you're doing your part against climate change.
Oh, and, by the way, you might get state subsidies for going green, depending on where you live. You can hit the jackpot when you help others!
The cloudy side of going green
1. Short-term, it's going to cost you
Ten years down the line, buying a solar panel will be an affordable and easy thing to do. Unfortunately, you're living in the present - and solar panels cost money today.
Sure, you will get most of your money back if your panels don't break and you get a government subsidy. Or, you could lose it all in a storm.
2. Sometimes, it'll get cloudy with a chance of no energy
Oh, speaking of bad weather. If you want to make the most out of your solar panels, you need, well, the sun to hit them directly.
You can't go 100% solar unless you're 100% sure the sun will always shine. Keep in mind it will rain from time to time, even in the desert.
Oh, and, by the way, you don't want to be the guy who used all his solar energy... right before dawn.
3. You need the space for all that sun
Did you know the Sun is the biggest star in our solar system?
It's borderline impossible to imagine how big that is. Unless you own several solar panels, then you probably know how much space a solar-anything takes.
If you want to get the most out of renewable energy, you'll need more than one solar panel on your roof. And, sometimes, you won't be able to fit one of them up there.
From the sun to solar panels, everything sun-related takes plenty of space. Then again, it's for a good cause!