Sustainability Is More Cost-Effective Than Ever
31 Oct 2016
Solar Power At Its Least Expensive:
Solar panels are less expensive today than they’ve ever been. Current costs can be found as low as seventy cents per Watt. That means you can install a 3.1 kWh system—something requisite for a household or small business’s use—for only $2,170. Additionally, installing such a system will increase the value of your property $18,000 or more in most places.
By spending $2,170 in the short run, you gain $15,830 in the long run. And that’s not to mention your savings on electricity. If you’re paying $100 a month in utility bills for electricity, that’s $1,200 a year, or $2,400 in two years. Your new solar system will pay for itself in less than two years. Also, most systems have a warranty of ten or more years; meaning you’re guaranteed eight years of grid-free energy.
The Key To Making The Solar Solution Work For You:
You’re going to need several things to make solar work for you as ideally as possible. First, you’ll need somewhere energy can be stored. A large battery is fine, or a sequence of them. This must be scaled up dependent on your energy needs. Additionally, you’ll want to consolidate energy such that things you use require less.
Granted, with most solar systems, you won’t have to change your lifestyle much if at all. However, if you want to get the fullest effect, it makes sense to make the switch to less energy-intensive lighting solutions. Consider LEDs, as a for instance.
According to ATG, LED Manufacturer, LED wall pack lights are “ideal for application in parking garages, walkways, landscapes, and other commercial exteriors.” These lights are being used as solutions by corporations and government institutions.
The reasons they’re being used like this is because they substantially reduce electricity costs in legally necessary illumination, saving such agencies exceptionally. But you need not use commercially-designed LEDs; there are lamps and other applications which are also readily available. The point is, it is effective.
Solar is also effective, which is why we’re seeing solar traffic lights, solar speed signs, and increasingly greater applications of the technology.
Traditionally Successful Methods Of Sustainability:
It never should have been outlawed in the first place, but there are many places in the country where rainwater collection is illegal. Still, in regions where it isn’t, one of the wisest moves you can make is adopting a system of rain barrels that send water to a primary holding tank.
If you can get a well on your property, as well as rain barrels, you have a solid chance of being entirely grid-free perpetually. Combining rain barrel water collection with a local well, solar panels, and LED lights will make your property fully functional in a sustainable way.
Given the strangeness in politics locally and internationally, many are looking to find energy solutions which take care of their needs dependably. Power outages of the grid variety can sometimes last for days, and as economic troubles increase, so do such outages.
Additionally, such measures decrease an individual’s carbon footprint, while providing cost-effective utility that saves money. At this point, the “green” aspect of solar technology and low-energy LEDs is almost secondary. The savings is a much more interesting advantage.
Upgrading For A Strange New World:
You can’t tell what strange things are going to happen politically and economically in the next several years. But with new technology that utilizes solar energy, and clever ways of utilizing surrounding resources, you can remain cutting edge, sustainably independent, and environmentally proactive.
Take some time to explore the resources of the web as regards technological utility solutions. You’ll find that advances in recent years have been both exceptional, and of an almost exponential kind.
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