4 Benefits of Solar Energy
Solar energy is becoming more and more popular, and there are lots of attractive options available for your Rockport, Texas, home. Solar panels or photovoltaic cells can absorb energy from the sun and generate electricity. Solar shingles and tiles come in a wide range of colors and styles, so they blend in well with your existing roof. You can also add a solar water heater or a skylight. Solar energy can help you lower your utility bills, reduce pollution, increase the value of your home, and keep you and your family comfortable.
Lowering Your Utility Bills
You can generate almost all the energy for your home with enough solar panels. Some power companies will even pay you or give you a credit on next month’s bill if you generate more power than you use. Even on cloudy days, solar power reduces your energy costs, and some solar panels can move automatically to catch more sun throughout the day.
You can save even more energy with a solar water heater that heats water directly through solar collectors, or you can choose a model that uses refrigerant to transfer heat from solar panels to water. Active solar water heaters use a pump to move water, while passive models use gravity. Skylights can also lower your utility bills by providing light and heat in winter. You can open your curtains during the day and close them at night for energy savings as well. Natural light can help lower stress and keep people alert.
Using renewable solar energy instead of harmful fossil fuels protects the environment and helps to reduce greenhouse gasses. It can also improve your indoor air quality by making it easier to avoid natural gas, wood, and other nonrenewable fuel sources for heating and cooking. That way, you and your family won’t have to worry about hazards like carbon monoxide poisoning. Since many solar heating methods don’t use fans to move air, they won’t spread pollutants around your home as much. These contaminants can include dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, mold, household chemicals, and more.
Increasing the Value of Your Home
Homes with solar panels are very appealing to buyers, and a good solar energy system, a solar water heater, or an attractive skylight can add more value to your home than you’ll need to spend for installation. Solar panels can also help you sell your home faster and encourage buyers to give better offers to sellers. Home value usually increases more when many homes in your area have solar energy too. You’ll get your money back through a higher home price or lower utility bills.
Keeping You and Your Family Comfortable
With a solar water heater, adding a radiant heating system is efficient and convenient. Radiators or pipes filled with hot water keep your home warm in winter. The pipes can also give your home comfortable heated floors and eliminate drafty areas and distracting noises from a conventional heater. Since solar power reduces utility costs drastically, you can make your home as warm in winter or cool in summer as you like without worrying about your power bill. You can also use your electrical appliances more and provide backup power to your home during outages.
Rain often cleans solar panels and tiles for you as long as they’re tilted. You can keep your solar system in good condition simply by trimming any trees that block the sun and having your solar and HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year. Since most solar panels and water heaters don’t have many moving parts, they don’t break down often.
Bodine-Scott Air Conditioning Co. has more than 55 years of heating and air conditioning experience, and we can also help you install, maintain, and repair your solar power and plumbing systems. One of our renewable energy experts can help you integrate this new technology and make your existing home more welcoming. Call us anytime at 888-481-8511 for excellent service from staff members that are always up to date on the latest developments in solar, HVAC, and plumbing.
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