Over the last 10 years, the cost of electricity has continued to steadily rise and with it, pulling an ever growing amount of cash from the pockets of Americans. As electricity becomes more and more expensive, homeowners are looking into less expensive ways to bring in essential electricity when it comes to heating and cooling their New Jersey homes. Coughing up money for the electric bill each month continues to be a huge headache so homeowners have started looking for alternative methods of energy. Why not harness the power of the wind or the sun into a renewable source of energy for your home? It is all around us and essentially “free” if you can simply convert it into electricity. Solar panels or wind turbines are great ideas but it is important to take into account all the details when determining which one is right for your home.
Every day the sun gives us enough energy, that if we could harvest it, could power the whole earth. As a renewable energy source for the average homeowner, by weighing the pros and cons you can determine if this is something that would benefit you. Here are some pros and cons of solar energy:
• Sustainable: This means that solar energy meets the needs of the current generation without negatively impacting future generations. Being a sustainable energy source, there is no way to over consume.
• Environmentally friendly: While there are emissions produced by manufacturing the equipment to capture solar energy, there is no pollution produced by running these panels and turning the solar rays into electricity.
• Available worldwide: You do not need year round summer conditions to produce good solar energy. Germany, for instance, produces the highest capacity of solar power around the world.
• Savings over time: After the initial purchase of solar panels, homeowners begin to see a savings over time and depending on where you live, that savings can be significant.
Cons of solar energy:
• Initial cost: Purchasing the solar panels can be an expensive investment but once the panels have been paid for, they can last 20-30 years and in some states, such as Hawaii, the average savings is $64,000 over 20 years.
• Not always available: You only produce energy part of the day because at night, when the sun is down, your energy production halts. You might also have decrease in production on cloudy days.
Wind energy is very similar to solar energy in that if we could harvest all wind on earth, it would be 20 times greater than what the entire world needs. Here are a list of pros and cons that might influence your decision when it comes to wind energy:
• A green option: Similar to solar energy, other than the emissions caused to produce wind turbines, it does not create pollution when energy is harvested.
• Renewable: We will never run out of wind energy. It originates from the sun and is an everlasting source of energy.
• Operational costs are low
• Protect homeowners from power outages
Cons of wind energy
• High initial investment: Wind turbines are very costly to install and purchase, sometimes more than solar panels.
• Wind is unreliable: Compared to sun energy, which is fairly reliable, wind can change and some days the air can be quite still, resulting in a minimal capture of energy.
• Threat to wildlife: Wind turbines can be a danger to birds and bats if they come in contact with them.
• Noisy: The spinning of the turbines can sometimes create noise, which can aggravate neighbors.
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When it comes to energy efficiency and money saving methods, your Team Electric Plumbing and Air technician can help you find the answers. We are experienced in all your heating, cooling, electric, plumbing and HVAC needs. When you need a Manalapan electrician, we are there for you and can give you answers to these tough questions concerning energy efficient solutions. Call us today!