Home Solar Power: Learning How It Works
As an alternative to traditional fuel-based sources of energy, home solar power provides a suite of benefits that make it a very attractive option for power generation and heating. Here are some reasons why solar power is a good choice and a wise investment for your home, along with a brief rundown on how solar power systems work.
Benefits of solar power
The many benefits of home solar power make it a good choice for most all U.S. geographical locations, especially areas that receive plenty of sunlight.
- Sunshine, the basis of solar power, is free, unlimited and readily available.
- The savings you see on your monthly energy bills will be substantial, and the system can pay for itself through those savings alone in just a few years.
- The more solar power you can generate, the less you need from the local grid. Excess energy produced by your home solar power system can be sold back to the electric company.
- Solar power is good for the environment and reduces overall reliance on fossil fuels.
- The U.S. government offers tax incentives for homeowners who install home solar power systems. The credits will be good until the end of 2016.
The basics of solar power systems
In a nutshell, this is how solar power systems work:
- Solar cells are installed on your home’s roof. These cells absorb the sunlight that is used to create energy.
- When sunshine falls on the cells, the cells create DC (direct current) power.
- The DC power travels to an inverter unit that converts it into AC (alternating current) power. This is the type of electricity that powers your home and the devices in it.
- The AC power flows to an energy meter. Power the system generates is used by the appliances and equipment in your home. Excess energy is sent through the meter and back into the overall power grid, where it can be purchased by your electric utility company.
For more information on home solar power systems, contact us today at Sobieski Services. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).