Understanding Solar Energy – Could You Use It In Your Home?
As the name implies, solar energy is generated by the sun. But how does that process work, and how is the sun’s energy converted into energy for our homes? As climate change concerns increase and green energy programs gain momentum, solar energy has become a hot topic amongst politicians, scientists, environmentalists and the every day Australian. But how does it actually, work and how can you use solar energy in your home?
Solar energy is a renewable energy source because it comes from a source – the sun – that is never going to run out or be depleted. The sun’s energy can be converted into electricity by solar panels which can be mounted on the roof (or in any sunlight exposed spot). Any time the sun is shining, solar panels convert that sunshine into electricity that can then be used by your house in the place of coal or non-renewable sourced electricity.
Benefits of Solar Energy
There are a number of benefits to installing a solar energy system in your home. Solar energy is a form of clean energy, which means you’ll be reducing the carbon emissions of your household and contributing to the fight against climate change.
There are also financial incentives through solar rebate schemes.
What is a solar rebate?
If you produce more solar energy than you use, that energy can be fed back into the power grid. In return, you’ll get a solar energy rebate. You are essentially then reimbursed for the energy you are giving back to the power grid for other Australian homes to use. Each state has different solar energy buy back and solar bonus schemes, so make sure you look into what rebates are available to you through your energy supplier.
Solar Energy In Your Home
Installing a solar energy system in your home can take some initial investment, but you will enjoy both environmental and cost benefits in the long run. There are a number of solar energy companies that offer solar panels for purchase and installation.
Using solar energy in your home is an environmental and financial investment. If you’re interested in using renewable energy in your home, solar energy can be a cost effective and environmentally friendly option.
Author bio: David Goadby from Australian Power and Gas offers renewable energy advice for Australians. Australian Power and Gas is a leading gas and electricity supplier and renewable energy supplier in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
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