People are always looking for ways to save money, and make their lives easier. Is solar energy a thing that you may want to look into, or just a swindle? You will find many purposes for solar energy, like central heating, electricity, cooking, and even for desalination. There are distinct drawbacks to solar energy and you should be made aware of these so you can make the best decision. The greatest advantage by far is that the power being created from the sun is clean and natural. Non-renewable fuels don't need to be combined in order to create the energy. All you need to collect solar energy are some solar energy panels, or solar energy collectors.
Conventional heating methods like electric heating are more pricey than solar energy in the long run. Depending on where you live, if electricity isn't accessible to you, solar energy is a great assistance. Where power companies don't have any access to your home, solar power provides the perfect solution for electricity, heating your water, and even for cooking. If you want fresh water to drink, solar energy can change salt water into fresh water. The salt water dissipate when the solar energy is employed in this process leaving behind salt crystals. Another basin is going to be ready to keep the drinking water after it condenses.
Up to now, it sounds like solar energy is the best system imaginable with nothing but positives, but to get the complete picture the negatives need to be revealed also. The fact that you will need to have many solar collectors is the number one disadvantage. Maintenance of the solar collectors together with cost of them can be more than you can afford to spend. Despite the fact that solar power is affordable, it may not be worth it to you, because with the cost of the panels, you may not save enough to pay for your investment.
Sunlight can be temperamental and if you live somewhere that doesn't receive too much sun it can be a big drawback to solar energy collection. The solar power collection can be useless if there is cloudy weather or if it rains or snows. That being said, you should decide if there is enough sunlight all through the year to be beneficial enough to invest in. If you are fortunate enough to live in a desert, you should not be worried about having enough sunlight.
Depending on where you live, the days may be longer than various other places and this is another disadvantage to check out. Having readily-available electricity at night is something you should also take note of. Mainly because of that, you will need a stop-gap system, like your old power grid, or a battery system that stores the solar energy for later use.