Unlike damaging fossil fuels, solar energy produces no environmentally harmful emissions and as a solar panel is largely made up of silicon, there is also a very minimal environmental impact on getting the resources to create solar panels.
1. It’s a good for the environment
Unlike damaging fossil fuels, solar energy produces no environmentally harmful emissions and as a solar panel is largely made up of silicon, there is also a very minimal environmental impact on getting the resources to create solar panels. Due to this minimal process to develop a solar panel, the energy used in the manufacturing stage is usually paid back between 0.5 to 1.4 years. After this, your solar energy is 100% renewable.
On the other hand the extensive polluting nature of fossil fuels account for 76% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions (2015 statistics).
These damaging emissions include:
Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Monoxide: Heavy global warming contributor.
Sulfur Dioxide: Creates acid rain.
Nitrogen Oxides: Adds to ground level ozone.
Particulate Matter: Creates dense haze and contributes to breathing illnesses like asthma.
Mercury and other heavy metals: Extremely hazardous to all human and animal life.
An average of 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from Household gas, oil, coal and electricity. Source: www.wonderwhizkids.com.
2. It’s a very efficient home investment
More often than not, the investments you make on your home usually don’t equal the amount of money you’ve put into them. But, solar energy has you saving money from the moment you put panels on your home.
Along with instant return on your investment, if you look to sell your property you should expect prospective buyers to pay more, simply for the fact of having solar. A recent study by Origin Energy and realestate.com.au found 85% of Australians feel rooftop solar adds value to a property. Not only does this allow you to advertise a higher asking price and will give you more buying interest, you will have already saved on energy having used your solar.
3. Solar systems are extremely durable
With no moving parts, solar panels are the most reliable source of energy out there. Every system is tested and warranted to withstand extreme weather conditions, including strong winds, heavy rain and although it’s not really applicable to us, but snow storms as well. Your solar panels installed by a professional team like AICA Energy are guaranteed to be as strong as or stronger than your roof itself.
Even if the worst does occur, and your panel is damaged, you can rest assured knowing you’ve got a 25 year warranty on your solar system.
4. Your solar system will make you money
Due to Australia’s heavy reliance on grid powered electricity, every state has a Government rebate included when a property owner purchases solar energy. So, as you generate solar energy throughout the day to power your home, there will be times where you have generated too much power than your home needs. To cater for that you are able to sell that generated energy back to the energy grid at a premium rate. Every state is different, so check with your Government to see what sort of return you can claim back on selling your energy.
5. You can now afford that home improvement you desire
You may not realise it, but investing in solar energy is an opportunity to create further home improvements you really want. On average, homeowners with a pool tend to spend around $500 more in energy bills each year. With the addition of solar, you can essentially cover the extra usage of one home investment with the other.
At the end of the day you will be keeping more of your hard earned money in your back pocket, as you do not have to pay for ridiculously high energy bills anymore and you’re now claiming a rebate from the government for moving to renewable energy.
6. Your energy costs don’t change
Retail electricity providers can increase your energy bills without warning whenever they like, and as we simply can’t live without electricity, we can’t do anything about it. Unless you decide to invest in solar.
Going solar requires either a simple repayment every couple of months (just like your retail energy now) to your solar provider if you decide on a finance option of repaying your system. Not only is this usually paid off in your first few years, but it is also significantly cheaper than what you’re currently paying in your energy bills. If you prefer to own your solar straight away, you can bask in the benefits of an energy bill free life as soon as your system is installed.
7. Staying ahead of the curve
The solar revolution is upon us and the time to invest is now! As you might have read in renewable energy is generating more energy than coal or gas or the future of Australia’s solar industry is looking bright, Australians have started to recognise the real benefits of solar energy, to the point where renewables are the controlling energy generator across the nation.
Due to the ever-rising cost of power bills and the rapid decrease in the cost of solar energy systems, last year saw a 41% increase in solar installations compared to 2016. This year is expected to be even more productive, so make sure you stay ahead of the curve and invest when the market is at its strongest.
8. Solar can be used all day
There have often been thoughts that solar simply stops working when the sun goes behind a cloud or it begins to rain. It’s important to note that solar energy is produced from daylight, not sunlight. This means that even in times when the sun is not belting down on your solar panels, you will still be generating solar energy. Also, as Australia is known for its constant rate of sunshine, with WA’s Perth taking the national top spot as the sunniest major city, your panels should be operating on a highly efficient level for the majority of the year.
Known as for its warm sunny days, Perth clocks over 3,200 hours of sunshine per year
Another question that often comes up is how does your solar work at night? By generating solar energy through the day, you will have created more solar than you typically need. This energy is then either stored in a solar battery storage system or you simply feed that generated energy back into the grid, gaining a credit. You can now use the stored battery energy to power your home at night, or simply use your credit gained to draw back the solar you fed into the grid earlier.
If battery storage technology sparks your interest, check out the benefits of renewable solar-plus-battery technology for your home and your wallet.
9. Solar keeps you cool without even realising
Solar panels not only generate energy to power your air-conditioner on hot summer days to keep you cool, but also act as roof shades to cool down your property. As they soak up the sun’s energy, the heat is directed away from the roof and will keep your house nice and cool without having to turn that air-con on.
10. No matter how you look at it, you have to spend money on energy
Whether you’re renting your energy from the high priced retailers or investing your money in solar, it is still going to end up as money spent. The benefit of going with solar is that when you purchase a system, the energy you create is 100% yours. You can use your energy how you want and when you want, and all money spent is money that will be saved in the long run.
If solar is the energy solution you’ve been searching for to cut your energy bills and take back control of your finances, the energy division at AICA are here to help you.
With over a decade over experience in the solar industry, AICA’s professional team of engineers and installers can find the perfect solar system and battery technology solution for your home or business.
For more information, call our friendly team on 1800 242 228.