Top 3 Solar Power Myths Busted
Top 3 Solar Power Myths Busted
We now live in a world where there is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than ever before, and extreme weather events have become more frequent and severe, with sea levels rising today faster than ever before. The impact modern life is having on the planet and how devastating global warming calls for us all to take accountability and find ways to prevent the issue from getting any worse. But with solar panel myths circulating online, many homeowners are still unsure whether switching to sustainable energy is a good move.
Top 3 myths busted
The idea of solar energy is not new. It was initially considered as a possibility in the 15 century, and the first cell to harvest the energy came along as early as the 19th century. Yet it only reached 1% efficacy. A lot has changed since the days of Charles Fritts, and today, solar energy is very much an efficient and sustainable way of providing energy to many homes and businesses throughout the world. But even though the history of solar power spans centuries, there are still many myths about the insufficiency of this clean energy option, and we think it is time to clear these up!
- Solar power only works when the sun is shining- I still need power when it is raining.
- This has got to be one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to solar panels. And sadly, it is often the main reason why many homeowners are yet to make the switch to sustainable power. Yes, solar panels need the sun to produce energy, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be sitting in the dark when the sun goes down. Battery storage devices can be used to save up unused solar power, which can then be used during the night. However, this is not required when the clouds roll in, and the rain comes. Clouds are not entirely opaque, so sunlight still passes through them and reaches installed solar panels. The electricity may be lower on these days than on the days without clouds, but not enough to have any drastic effect on a single household.
- Solar power is too expensive to install and maintain.
- Ok, let’s not pretend that there are no costs involved when installing solar panels. It is not a cheap process. However, due to state and federal support and commitment to a greener country by 2030, there is financial support and help in the form of tax credits available to all those who choose to install within their homes. (But please make sure you take full and independent tax advice when making any decisions built on government tax support.)
- When it comes to the cost of maintaining the equipment once in working order, this is a very small cost to consider. The lifespan of solar panels is around 25 years, and during this time, due to the panels being made up of predominantly non-moving parts, repairs are not common. This means that general wear and tear is kept to a minimum, and so typically, solar panel systems only need to be cleaned once or twice a year.
- Solar panels will damage my roof and reduce my home’s worth.
- When installing anything in any part of the home, risk of damage is present, but with insurance, this shouldn’t be a deterrent. Damage caused by installing solar panels is a very rare occurrence and as in any situation, it seems to be speculation rather than general accounts that spread online. In response to the value of your home dropping, this again is purely a solar power myth. In fact, in general, it tends to have quite the opposite effect. On average the cost of a home seems to increase by $20 for every $1 saved on energy costs.
Clearing a Few Things Up
Hearing negative so-called “facts” against solar energy as an option to help make a more sustainable future can be very concerning, so that is why it is important to sort fact from fiction. We hope the above solar power myths are now busted for you and help you in your decision to choose solar panels for the home.