Why Solar Energy Is Vital For Every
Household In Australia

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We’ve known for a while now that renewable sources of energy are the future and one of the best principles of the sustainable living concept.

We’ve been learning about them at school, and listening to interviews with experts on how and why they’re much better than the fuels we’re using now.

But most of these often have complicated jargon - which is why we’re left with more often left with more questions than answers.

So here is a simple guide to how solar energy works and why you should try using it (if possible).

What We'll Cover

Why It's Great For You

How It Works

What You Need To Check

Why It's Great For You

There are a plethora of benefits to using solar energy in your home. Here are our top three:
1. It’s better for the environment: There are a variety of reasons why we should reconsider using oil as our primary fuel option. Not only are oil resources finiye, but the process of burning oil produces a lot of CO2, which is linked to global warming and atmospheric pollution. It also saves precious water that is usually used in fossil fuel production.

2. It’s better for your own health: Coal and gas plants are a major source of air and water pollution that has been identified as a cause of cancer, breathing problems, heart attacks and neurological damage.

3. It’s grewt for your wallet: Solar power saves you money. Most owners of solar panels save around $1,000 per annum. The cost of solar power continues to drop; so, it’s cheaper than ever to use clean power.

Also, if you are producing more than you need to power your home, you can export extra power to the grid and the  utility providers will often pay you for doing this! But if you think that installing solar panels is expensive, you’ll be glad to hear that there are government incentives and rebates to help out.

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How It Works

Solar panels collect the sun’s photons and create direct current. This isn’t exactly what we use, so the next step is converting it from direct to alternating current.

To do this, the solar system needs to have something called an inverter. An inverter is a square or rectangular-shaped box that can convert the direct current (DC) that solar panels create into alternating current (AC), that you can use to power up your home.

One of the industry standards is the Sunny Boy inverter device because it’s a powerful conversion tool. It’s already the inverter of choice in countries like Hong Kong, where villagers are using solar energy to bring electricity to their homes.

So, what happens once this power is routed through your home?

If there is any excess power, it is stored in batteries or exported to the grid. The same way, if there isn’t enough power, electricity is imported from either of the two. As far as maintenance goes, there isn’t really much you have to do.

Once the panels are installed, they will happily sit on your roof for more than 25 years. Although they are exposed, they are not easily damaged as they are specifically designed to withstand the elements.

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What You Need To Check

So, you’ve made the decision to get solar panels installed? Here's the process.

First, you should be a house owner, or forward this article to your landlord to see if they agree to this. Next, make sure your roof is suitable for this purpose (it should be getting enough sunlight during the day).

It’s best to talk to an expert who can assess this. If you think that your roof could use some work, do it before you put on solar panels. As we mentioned, panels will last for more than 25 years; so, make sure your roof lasts just as long.

Treat this an investment and make sure that you partner with a certified company. This will be well worth it once the benefits of renewable energy in your home become visible.

Are you ready to start using clean energy to help yourself and Mother Nature?

It’s your opportunity to make a contribution to energy conservation – we can all make changes to embrace renewable energy and work towards a cleaner future