Every day, more and more individuals are ditching conventional yet costly electric energy for alternative forms of energy sources such as solar power. According to a statistic, solar power generation grew as much as 86.3% in 2011 and had contributed to 20% to the popularity of renewable power. But, what is so special with sustainable and renewable energy which makes most homeowners willing to embrace the technology and have it to power their homes?

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When you think of “going green,” one thing comes to mind – the environment. However, if you examine the catchy phrase closely, it is really about incorporating environment friendly measures in one’s life to lessen carbon footprint. One of the most popular ways to take part in the green initiative is through utilizing the light from the sun.

Solar energy: how does it work?

The process of gathering, converting and using solar energy is fairly simple. Once the sun’s ray hit the solar panels on your roof, it will be turned into electricity. It is then transported to a control device which is responsible for changing the direct current to the alternating current or AC.

When the current has been successfully changed, it will go through the breaker box which will transport the electricity to your home’s electrical outlets/. In some cases, the electricity will pass through the utility meter. The meter is installed to measure the generated energy. It is also the basis if you generated excess power, your chosen power company will even pay you for the surplus.

These steps don’t emit any dangerous toxins which can even endanger one’s health and contribute to global warming and, unlike electricity powered by either coal or gas. To top it all off, going solar means you can save a lot of money on your monthly electricity bill and thus, increasing your savings for rainy days.

How going green won’t break the bank

Many homeowners believe shifting to solar energy can be expensive investment however that is not the case. There are many providers which offer affordable plans to efficiently use the alternative source of energy. Aside from this, most of them do not charge you with every collection and conversion of sun light to electricity. You only have to pay their offered solar power system and services. Remember the payment scheme is different from one provider to another, so make sure you do your research first before signing anything.

Solar panels are also cost effective due to the following:

Durability and low maintenance – Solar power systems are highly durable. Solar cells can last up to five years while the inverter can still function more than five years. If you got yours covered by a warranty, you don’t have to worry for paying for the replacement or maintenance fees.

Easy installation – You don’t have to build a separate infrastructure aside from your home as solar panels are installed on the roof.

Unlimited energy – Conventional energy is made from limited supply of fossil fuels while solar energy is free and renewable. With that in mind, you can power your home how often as you want to if you have a solar power system.

It’s no wonder installation of solar energy system to power households and business establishments is increasingly getting popular. With this alternative energy source, you are saving money and at the same time helping the environment.

Hannah Gregorio is working as a freelance writer for multiple companies.

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