Traditional electric power is still the main source of energy for homes and businesses around the world, but more and more homeowners and business leaders are recognizing the benefits of solar energy and investing in solar technology. If you’re not sure if you should make the switch to solar power, here are some important differences between solar and traditional electric power that you should know.
Renewable vs. Non-Renewable Energy
Solar energy comes from the sun, which makes it a renewable source of energy. Traditional electric power, on the other hand, typically comes from fossil fuels, which are only available in limited quantities and have to be extracted from the earth in complex and expensive processes. When we talk about solar power it is literally taking the radiant light and heat from the sun and generating power with it. Therefore, it is a more eco-friendly solution than electricity derived from fossil fuels.
Solar energy can have high setup costs because solar panels and other equipment must be installed to power appliances in a home or business. Once a solar system has been installed, the building’s owners may be able to generate most or all of the energy they need and spend a fraction of the amount they used to spend for power each month.
A building that relies on traditional electric power doesn’t have the large setup costs associated with solar energy, but owners or renters have to pay monthly bills for electricity. Those charges can fluctuate, and the costs over a period of several years or decades can be staggering.
Solar energy can save you even more in the long run, despite the high upfront cost. The exact amount you can save by switching to solar will depend on several factors, including the angle of your roof and how many hours of direct sunlight the building gets daily.
Typical electricity costs in your area will be the greatest factor that will influence your savings. Utility rates can vary widely from one location to another, and they generally rise from year to year. If you switch to solar power, you’ll have a renewable energy source and protection from these notorious price swings.
Get an Estimate for Solar Installation
Making the switch to solar energy can save you a significant amount of money and help you do your part to reduce humans’ reliance on fossil fuels and protect the environment. If you’re ready to do your part, start by getting an estimate and speaking to a knowledgeable provider.
SAVKAT Solar serves customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and holds board certifications from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).
Schedule a consultation to discuss your needs and the benefits of solar energy so you can make an informed decision. If you decide to go with solar energy, our team can handle every aspect of the installation process, from obtaining permits to having the work inspected.
Once your solar system is turned on, we’ll monitor it to make sure that production estimates are accurate and that the system exceeds performance expectations. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so you can learn more about solar energy and figure out if it’s right for your home or business.