Experts are predicting that by the year 2020, more than 10 million homes all over the United Kingdom will be using solar panels as an alternative source of energy. It was also reported that from April to September 2016, solar panels on houses and fields generated more power than fossil fuels did.
With more than seven billion people on the planet, we are facing scarcity not only in food resources but also in power. Switching to alternative sources of energy is a timely decision to make regardless of where in the world you may be.
The Sustainable Alternative
There are two types of solar cells: photovoltaic and solar thermal. The latter uses energy from the sun to heat water. The former, on the other hand, convert sunlight into electricity, which is used at home. Sunlight is a renewable energy source, meaning it does not run out and it doesn’t require a lot of money to produce electricity.
To begin your transition to solar power, you will need the help of an installer who can provide an assessment of your home’s solar potential. The installer will provide recommendations and estimates, as well as take care of placing the panels on your roof. Among the considerations are the number of trees in your area and the amount of direct sunlight your house receives in a day.
Save Money, Save the Planet
Generating your own electricity naturally means you will be saving money on your electricity bills. Once the system has been set up in your home, you will be storing energy from the sun and converting that to power that can be used to run all your appliances and gadgets.
By using solar power, you will also be reducing your carbon footprint because you are no longer depending on fossil fuels or carbon as your source of energy. This does wonders for the environment and can create a huge impact in reversing the harmful effects of global warming on the planet.