Our popular fixed glass solar panels come with all the solar panel accessories you need to set up an eco-friendly power source for your outdoor adventures. From anderson cables to mounting brackets, you can find everything you need to get started here at Outbax. Need help choosing solar panels for your caravan or boat? Call us today and our camping experts will be happy to assist you!
What is Solar Energy?
The sun creates a lot of energy and it takes just about 8 minutes for the sun’s energy to make the multi-million-mile trip to earth. Every hour, the earth gets enough solar energy to power the entire world for a year. Pretty impressive!
Now that you know how much potential energy is coming down to our blue planet, you might wonder how you actually can leverage it for your own home. The answer? Solar panels.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels capture the energy from the sun into usable energy for homes, buildings or swimming pools. A solar panel is made up of photovoltaic cells that convert the sunlight’s energy to an electric current to power your home.
Advantages of Solar Energy
Solar energy is one of the best great energy-efficient upgrades, especially if you live in a temperate climate with more sunshine than rain the majority of the year.
Reduce Environmental Pollution
Compared to fossil fuels that leave the environment significantly polluted, solar energy is almost 100% clean.
The typical Australian home generates 14,920 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. However, solar panels can decrease your emissions by more than 3,000 pounds annually. And if you’re worried about noise pollution, you’ve made a good choice with solar panels. Compared to other sources of renewable energy like residential wind turbines, for example, solar panels provide clean, silent energy since there are no moving parts to make noise.
Installing solar panels through federal and state incentive programs may save you money. Look into your own state’s incentive program to see what kind of discount you may be eligible for, as some offer tax deductions for up to 30% of installation costs. Improving your home with solar could save you between $10,000 to $30,000 over a twenty-year period, depending on your location, electricity usage, and home size.
Once solar is installed, maintenance is relatively simple, cleaning the panels a few times a year, changing the inverter once every 5-10 years, and occasional maintenance to the cables.
A solar upgrade to your home can offer independence from traditional energy sources and help insulate you from inevitable rising energy costs.
Less Sun, Less Power
Solar energy can be collected during cloudy and rainy days but efficiency drops during inclement weather and it can’t be harvested during the night. In most areas, your solar power system will be less productive during the winter when there is less sunlight.
Use it Or Lose it
Solar energy has to either be used immediately or stored in batteries. Batteries can be charged during the day so that the energy can be used at night. While it’s a good solution for evening use, it can also rack up your electricity bill. In most situations, it makes more sense to use solar energy during the day rather than store it and use the grid at night.
You Can’t Take it With You
As you might imagine, you can’t move your solar panel system if you decide to move. You can remove your panels and move them to your new property, but the system would have to be re-fitted to your new house and might cause damage to your old home and panels.
If you have never tried ordering a Solar Panel online before, feel free to call us at 02 888 10 333 and ask questions about our products. We will be happy to assist you.