Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Power for Home

Posted by: on Aug 17th, 2009

Demand for energy will be increasing by 50% in 20 years and there is no way to meet this amount with non-renewable nuclear or fossil sources. Renewable energy solutions, on the other hand, ie solar energy, wind power and hydro energy, are energy solutions that can keep churning energy without exhausting the resources. An hour of sunshine, for example, provides the power that earth needs for one whole year. Thus, the benefits of solar power are obvious.

How about producing and consuming solar energy at home? Today you can use solar energy at home in terms of solar cookers, solar heating systems, solar lighting systems, solar dryers etc. and the demand for photovoltaic panel installments are on the rise globally.


The sun has always been an abundent source of heat energy and light energy. Employing solar power solutions at home will not only cut down your bills and save money in the long run, but also help you have a cleaner carbon footprint. Moreover, since solar cells are totally silent, it could be very handy to produce energy from these cells for your household consumption without hearing a peep.

Apart from being cost-effective and environment-friendly, solar energy solutions are easy to install and low on maintenance so they give you a good return on investment

So, what are the disadvantages of solar power?

Besides such important advantages, there are a few drawbacks of solar energy as well. The most obvious one is that solar power cannot be created at night. Secondly, as the technology progresses your existing system could lag behind and you may need to bother recycling your pv panels.

Yet, the most important disadvantage of residential solar power solutions for most people is that solar power equipments such as cells/panels, and their installation can be very expensive.

Even though, the real cost of solar panels is anticipated to show a tendency towards decline in the future, the new technologies scientists currently work on (from chemical approach to biotechnology) are not going to be feasible and efficient in reducing the cost of solar power for residential homes. At least, it hasn’t loomed large on the horizon yet.

So, building your own home made solar energy system is now a very reasonable option to reduce installation costs. Building home made pv panels that make use of deep cell storage batteries, one will produce the electricity upon his demand and reduce his individual dependence on the country’s energy grid.

There are many DIY kits and manuals on solar power systems for residential houses in video or e-book formats. Such kits specify the output (ie. watt), include a DC to AC inverter and provide tips and advice.

One such manual is Earth4Enegy kit which suggests one of the popular alternative energy devices that prove to drop home energy costs by 50-80%. With its step by step easy follow format, Earth4Energy kit teaches you how to build your solar energy system and lower your installation costs considerably.

4 thoughts on “Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Power for Home

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