According to the 2016 Residential Electricity Price Trends report by the Australian Energy Market Commission, electricity prices are forecast to rise throughout Australia over the next two years. With projected rises varying between $28 and $204 by 2018/2019, saving money on the cost of electricity is becoming a priority for many Australian homeowners. One way to decrease electricity bills is to begin to use solar power to power your home. However, there are other reasons besides the rising cost of electricity bills to consider solar power for your home.
Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source:
Solar power is generated by harnessing power from the sun, using photovoltaic cells, to provide a clean and renewable source of energy. This means that solar power is great for the environment; it reduces the amount of carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxides and other harmful emissions being sent into the atmosphere compared to when electricity is generated using non-renewable sources such as fossil fuels.
Solar power is hugely efficient:
On its journey from the grid to your home, energy from the electricity is lost along the way. By creating a direct source of electricity on the roof of your home, this inefficient loss of energy is minimised.
The technology for solar power is durable:
With no moving parts, photovoltaic solar panels are durable against external elements, such as wind and rain.
It could be possible to make money:
If the solar panels on your home generate a substantial amount of electricity, it is often possible to sell this energy back to the grid.
Solar panels are easy to install:
Some homeowners are concerned about potential disruption to their home during the installation of solar panels. However, many solar systems only need to be held in place with some simple bolts, and installation only involves minimal wiring. This simple installation process minimises the disruption to the household as a whole during setup of solar panels.
Solar power creates an independent energy source for your home:
Not only can solar power provide an independent, reliable energy source for your home that isn't dependent on energy companies—making your home less prone to outages and power cuts—but they also give independence from the price changes enforced by utility companies.
If, as a homeowner, you are looking for a secure, reliable, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective way to power your home, solar power could be the right choice for your home.