Auswell Energy takes you through the effects of solar panels on the environment and why it’s still the best option compared to traditional power sources.
We all know that solar energy is sourced from the sun, and that’s not going away any time soon, so why not tap into that resource as much as we can? Solar energy is one of the best renewable energy sources. In 2020, small-scale solar systems were responsible for 23.5% of Australia’s clean energy generation.
If you’re looking to install solar onto your home, you may also be wondering what the effect solar panels have on the environment.
The impact of solar panels on the environment
Anything with intensive manufacturing will produce greenhouse emissions. This comes from the mining of precious metals, processing of raw materials, manufacturing components and assembly, and finally shipment.
In the end, solar panels don’t have the long-lasting negative effects that fossil fuels do, making solar energy considerably ‘cleaner’. When in operation, solar panels don’t produce any greenhouse emissions.
With improving technologies and stricter installation requirements, solar systems are lasting much longer than before, and manufacturing is improving constantly. There are growing ways to recycle decommissioned solar technology.
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More tips to use less energy and be more environmentally friendly
1. Check your home’s insulation
Insulation in your roof, ceiling, walls or floors can make a huge difference in how you use your energy. The more valuable insulation would be for your roof as that is the one surface of your home that sees the sun for the entire day. Insulation will also allow you to keep cool during summer and warm during winter with minimal air condition use.
2. Energy-efficient glazing
Installing tinting or a low e coating on your windows will help with keeping the heat out during summer by reducing solar heat gain.
3. Window eaves
If your home is heating up a lot during summer, your windows may need eaves to cover them from the summer sun. Try and install eaves that won’t block out the winter sun, so you can benefit from passively heating your home.
4. Invest in energy-efficient appliances
This is very simple but having appliances that use less energy will allow you to use your solar energy more efficiently during the day.
5. Maintain your solar systems
The final tip is to keep up on maintenance on your solar panels. This will ensure that your solar system lasts for as long as possible, so you don’t have to replace any part of your system too early.
Contact Auswell Energy
If you are based in Brisbane or the Gold Coast and are interested in getting the most out of your solar panel system, please don’t hesitate to contact Auswell Energy! We can provide guidance and help you get the best solution for all your energy needs. Call us on 1300 287 955 or email us at email@example.com today.
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