Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Solar Power

Solar power can be harnessed by using solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. This process in theory sounds wonderful because you are essentially getting direct free energy from the sun, but there are also numerous disadvantages. A list of disadvantages of solar power will be presented first followed by a list of solar power advantages.

Solar Installation in the backyard
Solar Installation in the backyard

Disadvantages of Home Solar Power

  • At night the solar cells are useless.
  • Initial installation cost may be too pricey for consumers.
  • Solar panels require large land/roof areas to be effective.
  • If you are not a home owner, they may not be applicable.
  • Overall efficiency of the process is low (20-30%).
  • Installation is complicated to do by yourself.

Solar Installation on the roof
Solar Installation on the roof
Despite the numerous disadvantages, the advantages of solar power overcome the disadvantages. Solar power and switching to solar panels can decrease your own electric bill, help your family, assist your government of relinquishing the need for foreign oil, and help the entire world by decreasing global warming and pollution. Solar power is a renewable energy that will last as long as the sun lasts.

Advantages of Home Solar Power

  • Solar power is non-polluting.
  • Solar panels and solar cells require little to no maintenance.
  • Solar power can save you money on your electricity bill every year.
  • Tax incentives exist for homeowners who switch to solar panels.
  • Solar power is reliable because you can count on the sun being there tomorrow.
  • Solar power is the way of the future because fossil fuels are dwindling.
  • You no longer have to be dependent upon your energy company’s electricity costs.
  • Wavering costs of fossil fuels will no longer affect you as much.

As you can see, building your own solar panel at home is very advantageous because it allows you to receive free energy for the next 15-20 years (average lifespan of solar panels) and decreases your electricity bills.

You can watch the video above for tips on how to build your own solar panels. If you are a home owner in a sunny area, I hope you seriously consider purchasing solar panels.
"While one family might not make a large difference on society's dependence on fossil fuels, I believe that when one person build solar panels, other people notice the benefits and momentum will build, and soon everyone in your neighborhood will have solar panels. Changing society can start with you."

Solar panel housing community
I mean, why not have solar panel house communities