There is a better way for consumers to save money on their heating costs. Prices are rising on everything, heating is no exception. Gas used to be more expensive to heat a home but now electricity has become more expensive as well as gas consumption. Alternative methods to heating are plentiful; one just has to know which alternative heating method is going to benefit them the most. The number one alternative energy is solar. Solar energy has been on the market for a number of years and technologies in solar energies have increased dramatically over the last several years. The consumer must research and sort out the facts from fiction in solar energy. It is a fact that solar energy is much more environmentally friendly. Some may think that solar energy is one basic alternative when in fact there are numerous forms of solar energy. Some of these forms are electricity to run our homes, and solar energy to heat our water. Solar energy is used to heat swimming pools, power computer systems and now automobiles. If solar energy supplies power to our homes we can cook and bake, using the power of the sun.
Solar energy popularity is becoming wide spread around the world. Statistics say the average American home utilized about 860 kilowatt hours of electricity per month for a cost of about $70.00, and about 30% of this electricity was for heating water. The installation of a solar panel and system is expensive, over $8,000, but will show a life time of savings. This basic calculation is correct in most of the western world, if you stay in the home over time it will save you money. Given the right professional to install a solar panel will take about 2 days, generally requiring about a dozen panels. By turning to the sun for energy the home owner can save on water and the environment because the sun's energy is eco-friendly. A Solar system will last about 20 years before it will need replacing and most carry a 5 year warranty. Solar energy can be stored in batteries and used on those cloudy days. These systems can power a home 100%, every day and night. It's too bad that all the energy that the sun provides the earth, every household does not take advantage of this free source of power, globally. There is enough energy from the sun to power a home for about 1 year, from just one hour of sun.
The surprising fact is that about 1/3 of the population is without electricity. If only they had a solar panel they could capture enough power to sustain their home free. Most households utilize ovens, stoves and microwaves several times a day. With solar power this could all be free to the homeowner, and the sun is the best source of renewable energy. As more people are catching on to solar energy systems the supply cannot meet the demand and this is exciting news for the environment, and homeowner's pockets. There is no better way for a homeowner to power their home free of charge, then through the sun's heat.