Increasingly the site of solar panels on the roofs of houses are being seen in suburbs all over the country. There has been plenty of talk about solar for a long time, but it now seems to be gaining traction. But is it actually worth it or has it just become trendy? There are a lot of questions about solar that are hard to know without speaking to the experts. What are the advantages and are there disadvantages? Here are a few considered thoughts about solar power to help influence your thinking.
Cut your costs
In almost any household a cursory examination of the utility bill will show that the geyser is the item that uses the most electricity. What is also worth noting is that in terms of solar solutions, installing panels to power the geyser is the cheapest and simplest option to implement. A quick online search for something like ‘hot water installation Perth’ should provide you with enough options for experts to consult. Get the best price and do some calculations as to what the installation will save you. Then push ahead knowing that you will be saving yourself money after about five years and improving your cash flow from day one.
What about electricity?
Up until very recently the biggest problem with generating your own photovoltaic electricity was the storage of the energy. Batteries were large and cumbersome, and they were not able to hold a charge for too long. The other option was to generate electricity that could be fed back into the grid and for which you could be remunerated. Neither of these were great solutions and they were also very expensive and so it was only a solution that worked for the very well-to-do. But that is all starting to change with things like the Tesla Powerwall and other much more effective and compact means of storage. Without a doubt solar for hot water is much more advanced but electricity storage is making major strides and will almost certainly be standard in more houses within the next five years.
Do solar units have shelf lives?
The answer here is, ‘yes they do’. But the life is long and ideally speaking a unit should last up to around twenty years. In that time, it should pay for itself over and over again and truth be told, twenty years is about as long as a normal geyser can be expected to last as well.
What other benefits are there
One of the best things about solar geysers is that they trend to be mounted externally, on eth roof of a house or building. The water tank tends to sit outside, adjacent to the panels themselves. This is great because in the event that something goes wrong with the geyser – and let’s be honest we have all heard of stories about burst geysers and people coming home to find their houses flooded – the water runs off the roof, into the gutters and has no impact on eth inside of the house. All geysers should be mounted externally, it makes a lot more sense.