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Solar Energy Pros and Cons

Posted on March 28, 2012 | 1 Comment

Solar Energy Pros and ConsWhen researching about solar power, it is important to look at both sides of the coin to decide if solar power is right for you. So we’ll take a look at solar energy pros and cons in this article so that you can see some of the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. Being an honest Ontario Solar Power company, we want to ensure that this is something that you really want and that you know exactly what you’re going to get out of it. After all, a solar power installation is a big investment, so here are some things you should take into consideration when you are trying to figure out the pros and cons of solar energy and whether or not it’s right for you.

Let’s start with the pros of solar energy.

  1. The very first thing that motivates people to consider going with a solar energy solution is to save money. You’ve probably noticed that your electricity bill has been rising year after year, and this is not going to ever stop. Whereas, the sun’s energy is absolutely free! Of course, there is going to be a little bit of an investment to get started, but it can start to pay dividends within a few months in most cases. Imagine not having to pay your local power company a cent for the rest of your life?
  2. Not only will you save money, but there is also a possibility that you can make some extra money. The majority of consumers purchase a grid-tied system that allows them to sell some of their unused energy back into their local power company. In essence, this makes you kind of like your very own mini-utility company and puts extra dollars right into your pocket each month!
  3. You’re not going to be totally dependent on the power-grid. If the power goes out, you still have your own source of electricity to use. No need to worry about finding candles or flashlights anymore during those thunderstorms!
  4. You no longer have to worry about constantly monitoring your energy usage or leaving a large carbon footprint. Solar energy is clean and renewable and because you’re cutting down on your use of fossil fuels you will be greatly helping the environment and contributing less to global warming. Even if you don’t power your entire home with solar energy and decide on a smaller system to power a smaller percentage of your home, you are still going a very long way to help reduce your carbon footprint.
  5. Solar energy systems are low maintenance. Once installed they don’t require much effort or costs in order to maintain.

Now, let’s have a quick look at a couple cons of solar energy:

  1. The main con that people find is the expensive initial investment. Costs can get fairly high, especially with larger installations. The cost of solar power in Ontario is at around $3 per kilowatt, however it is much cheaper than it used to be and your initial costs can be recuperated within months of your installation due to the money you’ll be saving each month. We can also help you out with Government incentives and rebates that will help reduce your costs greatly.
  2. One other disadvantage or con of solar energy is that some people don’t like the look of solar panels. Unfortunately, not much can be done about this aside from looking at things in a different light… Small issues such as the look of your house are probably less of a concern when it comes to the major advantages of solar energy such as reducing our dependance on fossil fuels, helping the environment and saving money.

Most believe that the pros of solar energy far outweigh the cons. By investing in solar energy today, you will save yourself a lot of money down the road. You won’t have to rely as heavily on your local powergrid and will have peace of mind knowing that you are reducing your carbon footprint and lessening your contribution to global warming through the use of your home solar energy system.



Comment

  • pete

    March 28, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    one of my hangups initialy was the look of solar panels on our roof. they are on the back side tho so you can’t see them from the road. even from the backyard tho they don’t look that bad and you kind of get used to them. you are right when you say the pros far outweigh the cons!!! i haven’t realy kept track of how much money this has saved us, but it really does add up!

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