It’s all the buzz about the moment and you’ve probably heard quite a bit in the news. Perhaps you’ve been considering making your home more sustainable or maybe you’d like to learn more about it in preparation for the future. Well, in this article we’re going to attempt to explain what solar energy is and how you could make the most of it!
A common step in making your home more sustainable would be to add solar panels to your house. The efficiency and quality of the solar panels you choose weigh heavily on how much solar energy your produce. It’s not just a question of putting on panel on the roof and hoping for the best. Depending on how much energy your house uses (think of lighting, cooking, washing, etc.) you’ll need to figure out how many solar panels you’ll need to provide the equivalent in energy. But it’s not just quantity of quality. Some solar panels are highly efficient whereby you could use fewer to produce the energy you need. These can be more expensive but this isn’t always the case, so you’d be wise to do some research.
The sun always shines but not necessarily all day on your house. So, think about solar panels that do a little but of the work for you. We all know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. If your roof is east facing, you’ll enjoy plenty of the morning sun. But what happens in the afternoon and evening? Yep, the sun will have moved and you solar panels will no longer be able to absorb the sun’s rays. Thankfully there are a few interesting solar products that solve this. One example is the Smartflower which rotates in the direction of the sun so you’re able to get solar energy the whole day.
In order to make the most of this type of solar technology, you’ll need to think about storage. A battery that can store solar power is ideal. The stored solar power can then be used on days where there is less sun or light ensuring that you house is still powered and running.
Within the EU there are grants and subsidies available which can help with a large portion of the investment costs. It may also be possible to claim a tax rebate for the costs you’ve made in making your home sustainable. If there are no subsidies available then prepare yourself for a large investment which will pay itself back but over a reasonable period of time.