Solar Energy

3 Easy Ways to Go Solar 

Solar power is the most abundant energy source on Earth. Thanks to recent developments and innovations, adopting solar energy is more accessible and affordable than ever before. Let’s explore three simple ways to use solar power.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar power offers a clean, renewable alternative to fossil fuels. Solar panels require very little maintenance once installed, providing a reliable power source without harmful environmental side effects. 

While solar power is great for the planet, it also passes down benefits to consumers, including:

  • Decreased monthly utility bills 
  • Secured return on investment
  • Lowered carbon footprint 

So how can you use solar power? 

Solar Lighting and Heating

You may have seen solar panels attached to street lights and signs in your town, and similar technology is becoming a lot more common for outdoor home use as well. Mini lights collect energy during the day, illuminating pathways and driveways at night, all without pesky cords or plugs. 

Solar heating is another opportunity, with many available home-use products like solar ovens and greenhouses. If you have a pool, solar heating systems are a great alternative to keeping your water warm, as they harness a consistent stream of power to provide comfortable swimming temperatures all summer long. 

Rooftop Solar Panels

Installing rooftop solar panels can have a dramatic impact on your utility bills and helps reduce your home’s reliance on the electric utility. In the past, the price of solar panels was the biggest deterrent to installation, but costs have dropped nearly 70% in the last decade, making this green energy source more accessible than ever. Due to the savings in electricity bills, the average homeowner breaks even on their solar panel investment in about 7 years, but Illinois residents will see that pay off in as little as 3 years, thanks to the current incentives and solar tax credits

Personal Solar Technology

Recent developments in solar technology have made it easier for new products to hit the market, including personal solar-powered chargers that let you power up from anywhere. Devices such as solar-powered flashlights, speakers, and even wearable mini panels make it easy and cost effective to charge cell phones, tablets, and more while on the go.

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