As the world continues to be more conscious of how to care for the environment, every day, there are more and more articles that are being written about the benefits of using solar energy. Not only does solar power prevent the emission of greenhouse gases, not only does it allow individuals to go off of the power grid (if they so choose) but there is an even greater benefit. Perhaps the greatest advantage that comes with solar power is that while it can be initially a big financial investment to convert your home to solar energy, once you do make the transition, you will not need to pay to use its energy. Why? Because you will be receiving it from the sun—free of charge.
We’re pretty sure that sounds pretty appealing, but perhaps you’re still hesitant because you’re wondering how difficult it will be to convert your home over to solar energy. That’s a good question and hopefully, by applying these five tips, you will see that it’s actually much easier than you might think.
Change your lighting. You may already know that if you want to reduce the amount of energy that you use each month, it’s a good idea to open up your blinds or curtains and let some natural light in during the day. But, as you’re making moves towards being a solar-powered home, another lighting tip is to change your light bulbs. Solarhome and Nokero are two websites that carry solar-powered ones.
Get some different appliances. You might not be able to do all of this at once, but one by one, make a point to change your appliances over to ones that are operated by natural gas or propane. This removes the need to use electricity for heating purposes. And what about your electronic equipment? Well, you can use solar-powered batteries for those. Hayneedle and Newegg both sell them.
Make your own “solar system”. If you like building projects and you have a garage, guest room or home office that is separate from your house, something else that you might want to consider is building your own solar power system. We understand why it might sound a bit complex at first but there are several websites that will walk you through the process including Free Sun Power, Tree Hugger and Green Optimistic; most of which say you only need $1,000 to do it.
Try a solar-powered water pump. If you have a well-manicured landscape and they include some water features, why not try a solar-powered water pump? That way, they can run on the sun’s power rather than your house’s electricity. Wicker Central and Amazon have them.
Install some solar panels. Whether it’s for a company like Fahrenheit Inc or for a small two-bedroom home, a lot of money can be saved by installing some solar panels. Many individuals seem to shy away from this idea because they feel like it will cost them more than they can actually afford to pay. But the reality is that you can have solar panels put in for as little as $1,000 when it comes to upfront costs. That’s a really cheap price to know that you won’t have to pay but a mere fraction for electricity ever again. And when you look at it that way, it’s definitely something worth considering for your home as well as your budget.