Solar energy is being utilized in neighborhoods and businesses more and more as each year goes by. A lot of people who do not already use solar power do not understand how it works fully and is often misinformed. One of the biggest concerns that people have when it comes to solar energy is if they will have enough of it or not. Today we will be talking about how solar energy works and if it can be stored.
At Liberty Roofworks we believe that all homeowners have the right to be educated on the roofing process. This helps them make better decisions for their home and also prevents them from being scammed by sketchy contractors. That is why we created our Learning Hub. We post new roofing-related content every single week on a variety of different sub-topics ranging from roof maintenance to solar panel installation. Make sure to check back each week to learn something new!
What is solar energy?
Solar energy is the power that is collected from the sun. This is done using solar panels which typically get installed on rooftops, though they can be installed in other places if needed. The solar panels collect the sun’s rays and convert them to energy which can be used to power your home as a substitution for standard grid electricity. Some homes are entirely solar power dependent while others are only partially. The choice is yours to make.
What are the benefits of solar power?
Solar-powered homes have a unique set of benefits that standard homes do not. First, energy bills are often much lower with solar power. This is because you are generating all of your own power without the need for a middleman. For standard homes the electric companies are the middle man and the electricity gets sent to your home through the power grid. The prices on your energy bills are rarely identical because they are free to change their prices as they please.
With solar power, you are generating all of your energy on your own land. Solar power is also much better for the environment than traditional electricity. At power plants, non-renewable materials are burned to produce the energy needed to power homes and businesses. Non-renewable means that there is a limited supply available and once it’s gone, it is gone for good. When these materials are burned they release harmful toxins and gasses into the air which takes a toll on our planet and quality of life. The sun however is a renewable energy source meaning it never runs out. The sun is not going anywhere and therefore offers a long-term and sustainable energy solution. Solar power is also not harmful to the environment as it does not release any hazardous materials into the air.
Can my home’s solar energy be stored?
Many homeowners are cautious about making the switch to solar power because they think they will not have enough power. Well, that is not the case because yes, you can store unused energy easily. Homeowners have a couple of options when it comes to utilizing their stored energy.
The first option is to recycle their energy and send whatever is leftover back through the power grid so that it can be used elsewhere. In some areas, homeowners may even be able to get credits that can be used on their energy bills if they ever need additional power. The other option is to have battery storage systems installed on your property to act as a holding area for any unused energy. That energy can then act as a reserve for when extra energy is needed. Each battery storage system makes work a bit different. Some automatically release the stored energy as needed while others have apps that allow you to control exactly when you want to use it. All battery storage systems have their slight differences so it’s best to get in contact with the company itself to ensure your questions get answered.
Wrapping it up
Solar power really is the future and before we know it more and more homes will be utilizing it. The whole concept of solar power can seem confusing at first to those with no exposure to it, but with a little patience and an open mind, you will understand it and be open to it in no time. We write about solar energy a lot on our Learning Hub and it is a great place to go to learn more.
Solar power is a much more sustainable way to obtain energy and it is much better for our environment. As time goes on this technology will only continue to evolve and get better. We hope that this article was helpful to you and that you learned what solar energy is and if it can be stored. The future is solar!
We are here to help!
At Liberty Roofworks we understand the importance of trusting who works on your home. That is why we provide only the finest work and customer service is our absolute top priority. All of our roofers are professionally trained, licensed, and insured.
We are experienced in all areas of roofing and no job is too big or too small for us to take on. With over 20 years of professional roofing experience under our belts, this family-owned and operated business has seen it all. Whether you need a roof inspection or a full-on replacement, we got you covered.
We also install solar panels! We have experience installing these panels on a variety of different roof types and styles. We even include an amazing EverVolt battery storage system with our installations so that you can store any additional energy that is produced. If you are interested in having any roof work done or want to take the first steps in switching to solar power, contact us today! We will gladly send out one of our professional roofers to perform an inspection and answer any questions you may have. With us roofing is easy!
Frequently Asked Questions about Solar Panels
We understand that we just threw a lot of information at you, and solar power may be a confusing concept for some. It’s perfectly normal to have some questions and we have the answers. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about solar power. If your question is still not answered please contact us and we will be happy to answer it personally for you!
Q: How many solar panels would my house need?
A: This depends on a few things such as how big is your roof/house and how much of your home you want to be powered by solar power. To get the best idea of how many solar panels you will need it is best to have an inspection done. They will answer any question you have and let you know what your options are.
Q: Are solar panels expensive to install?
A: The answer is yes, but it’s important to think about long-term savings. When switching to solar power the panel installation part itself is the most expensive part of the whole process. Solar power is an investment so it is worth it to spend a chunk of money upfront because of how much money you will be saving down the line. It is always important to think long-term when having work done for your home.
Q: How long will my solar panels last?
A: When properly taken care of, solar panels can last over 25 years. That’s 25 years of energy made on your property and 25 years of savings from overpriced electric bills. Again, think about the long-term impacts this will have on your life.
Q: What type of maintenance do solar panels require?
A: Just like everything else roofing-related, the best results come when things are properly maintained. What’s nice about solar panels is that very little maintenance is required. It is suggested that your solar panels get cleaned every now and then to make sure they continue to make sure you get your money’s worth of energy and they reach their full potential. The only other time maintenance is really required is if any repairs are needed after things such as bad storms with debris.
Q: Can I install solar panels myself?
A: Yes, but we strongly advise against it. We understand that saving some money on labor fees may seem tempting but it is rarely a good idea to do so. Not only is roof work of any type dangerous, but you also risk causing damage to your home. Professionals are trained and know exactly what steps to do and in what order to make sure that the job is done accurately and safely. Those without this type of experience can quickly mess up their roof and damage their brand-new, and expensive, solar panels. Errors in the installation will cost you even more money down the line and it is not worth the stress. Leave it to the professionals!