Solar power gives homeowners a chance to harness the economical and ecological benefits from harnessing renewable energy. If you are a new or existing homeowner who wants to make an easy and environmentally-friendly investment for your family’s future, then consider solar energy. Not only will solar energy make your home eco-friendly, but it will also significantly cut your electricity.

4 benefits of solar power in your home

1. Renewable energy helps the environment

Renewable energy sources such as solar energy is one of the cleanest sources of energy. It’s an easy and effective way to make your household more efficient and sustainable. Renewable energy sources draw upon the energy of the sun, wind, and water to generate power. These sources release little to no pollutants in the atmosphere, unlike non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels which negatively affects the planet.

Harnessing renewable energy reduces your carbon footprint on the earth by reducing air pollution and reliance on fossil fuels which is known to emit greenhouse gasses, particularly carbon dioxide.

2. It cuts down on your electricity bills

Embracing alternative energy sources such as solar power can greatly reduce your electricity bills. Solar panels generate electricity from the sun, powering up your home as well as a solar battery so that you can run on the energy drawn through the day and throughout the night as well. By generating solar power your energy provider will credit you for the export of power and this credit helps to offset your power bills.

The more solar panels you’ve got means the more solar power that is generated, therefore allowing you to be less reliant on the power grid. This results in a reduction of power bills. How much you will ultimately end up saving depends on a number of factors including the use of your household electricity, the size of your solar panel system, and also your lectricity tariff rate.

3. Low maintenance costs

Solar energy systems require very little maintenance. Since there are no moving parts, you only need to keep them clean. Your solar energy panels should be inspected a few times a year for any intrusive dirt or debris, and this can be easily done through use of a professional cleaning service.

There are solar panel cleaning companies who can assist in providing a professional clean and inspection of your panels. For general cleaning & maintenance, using your garden hose to wash the panels down is all you need. The inverter is usually the only part that needs to be changed every 11-14 years, and this generally costs around $1,500.

4. You can use it with smart home technology

Renewable energy sources have coincided with the forward-thinking development of ‘smart home’ technology. Modern homes can be equipped with automated and remote-controlled technology, allowing for complete control of air temperature, entertainment systems, lighting, and home security systems from one central hub.

This type of home automation system can be configured to also include your solar panel system. Appliances like a smart home hub can be purchased through companies such as iZone, allowing you to connect all of your home appliances to a single hub which also gives you the ability to monitor your energy levels and the performance of your home solar power system.

How to install solar panels for your home

Solar panels need a sturdy, unshaded spot to be mounted, enabling them to get the most sun. This is why most solar panels are attached to your home’s roof. Panels are attached to pre-mounted racks that are attached to roof mounts.

Installing solar panels can only be done by professional installers. Installers are required to follow manufacturer recommendations in order to comply with Australian standards. Installing solar panels is a process which begins with a visit from an engineer to inspect your property and to evaluate the compatibility and electrical status of your home. You will then talk with your installer who will provide the relevant paperwork and compliance documents and will then place an equipment order.

Your equipment will arrive the day of installation. The solar panel installer will prep your roof, install the right electrical wiring, and install roof racks to support the panels. These roof racks are the only piece of equipment that are attached to your roof. The solar panels are then attached to the roof racks, and then connected with your inverter. Installation can take between one to three days, depending on the size of the system.

Do you think solar power might be right for your household?

Using solar power in your home is a great way to make a positive impact on the environment. Solar power uses clean, pure energy from the sun and provides an infinite renewable energy source to your household. The reduction in electricity costs, as well as the low-maintenance required makes solar power a great long-term investment.

Get in touch with the friendly team at Gemmill Homes, we’ll walk you through how our homes can be made to suit a sustainable lifestyle by using solar power.