What is the use of solar panels in a home?
Solar energy is the most abundant, clean, and sustainable source of energy on the planet. It has been estimated that the amount of solar energy hitting the Earth every second is greater than that of all other renewable sources combined. Hence, it is clear that solar power will continue to play a pivotal role in our electricity systems of tomorrow.
The good news is that you don’t need expensive photovoltaic panels or any kind of special skill to harness this abundant source at home. Rather than spending money on expensive equipment and maintenance, we can as simple as install a few components around your house. This will not only bring a lot of greenery into your home but also reduce your monthly electricity bill by around 30-50%.
In this blog post, we will be discussing different types of solar power in detail from pros to cons and cost-effectiveness.
What is the difference between photovoltaic and solar thermal?
Solar power is a renewable source of energy that powers the entire planet as well as our homes.
Photovoltaic panels convert solar radiation into electricity. This technology has been around since the early 1900s and it has revolutionized the world in the last decade. It is now becoming the most affordable and efficient way to generate power.
Solar thermal uses heat from the sun to drive water or steam turbines which can generate electricity, process hot water, or provide heating at home. The technology is relatively new but promising and its uses are also expanding rapidly. It provides a sustainable solution to many urban problems like greenhouse gas emissions that come from fossil fuel usage which fuels global warming.
1) A Renewable Resource
2) Reduce your monthly electric bill by 30-50%
3) You don’t need expensive photovoltaic panels
Why you should choose solar water heating?
The most obvious reason to start using solar water heating is how easy it is to install. Other than being quick and simple, solar water heating also has the advantage of not requiring a lot of maintenance.
Another excellent feature of solar water heating is that you can set a timer for the unit to automatically shut off at peak hours (like when electricity rates are high). This helps you save on electricity usage and power bills in the long run. Another advantage is that your house will be more energy efficient. Use an electric heater? Your house will use around 30% more electricity than the average home with a gas-fired heater does.
What is the difference between passive and active solar power?
While the term solar power is often used interchangeably with photovoltaic, there are actually two different types of solar power.
Passive solar power is when a building or a system uses natural resources like the sun and wind to generate energy without the need for any outside source of fuel. Active solar power is when a building or a system uses a heat engine (ex: photovoltaic panels) to generate electricity.
Although passive solar power is more environmentally friendly, it can only be applied in buildings that cannot take advantage of active solar power. Passive solar power is also less effective and limited at generating energy than active because passive panels absorb less sunlight and are not able to produce as much energy as active panels do.
Cost-effectiveness of photovoltaic panels
Solar panels are expensive and require maintenance.
However, if you’re looking to go green and want to reduce your monthly electricity bill, solar power is a viable option. With solar power, we can generate electricity from the sun with no emissions. Solar panels are also less likely to cause any damage or harm in the long term.
The cost of photovoltaic panels can vary depending on location, type, size, and efficiency. The average cost of photovoltaic panels is around $2.77/Watt.
As mentioned before, the cleaner source of energy will reduce your monthly electricity bills by 30% – 50%. Those savings will be reflected in your budget over time as well as reduced carbon footprint in your home.
Solar panel is a device that produces solar power by converting light into electricity. Solar thermal and photovoltaic are two terms that are often used interchangeably. There are some major differences between the two.
Solar thermal is a solar technology that uses the sun’s heat to create steam and electricity. This technology is used to heat water and generate electricity. Solar power is created when light from the sun hits a photovoltaic cell, turning the solar cell into an electric current. There are two types of photovoltaic cells: crystalline and thin film.