As research and development of new sources of energy have gone into overdrive in recent decades, the ability to power your home and life without completely relying on your local power company has become a reality that many people have taken advantage of.
If you drive to any residential area in California, solar panels can be seen across the tops of a remarkable number of homes.
It has become easier than any time in history to harness the power of the sun and ride that wave of energy into the future.
In many cases, the rebates, incentives, and benefits that come alongside residential solar panels in California have made them practically free.
What is even more astounding is that when you take into consideration how much money you can save while embracing the limitless amount of power of the sun, you won’t only be helping the environment, you will likely end up making money on the deal.
The idea of free solar panels might not be an absolute reality at the immediate time of installation, the cost of solar paneling is effectively negative over the lifetime of the panels.
In fact, California solar statistics show that you can save over $50,000 over the life of your solar system.
That’s why Solar Sun Surfer is here to help you find ways to reduce your energy consumption through a home solar panel.
Although a vast majority of people already know that they can power their homes with solar panels (just look at all your neighbor’s houses with panels already installed), there are a number of options available to those who are looking to even further embrace the future of personal energy independence.
Powering your home with solar panels is already a pretty remarkable feat. But did you know that you can also have an efficient California solar water heater installed in your home?
These devices help you save further money and minimize your impact on the environment by supplying your home with some truly impressive technology by heating your water supply through solar power.
Being that we operate in California, we would be remiss if we didn’t offer an option to all those homeowners out there who own pools.
Instead of placing that gnarly bubble-wrap cover over your pool to warm it up a bit (which barely works, mind you, as it completely relies on it always being hot outside), you can get your pool to swimming temperatures all year long with an affordable solar pool heater in CA.
And since most days we get a lot of sun, even when the temperature itself is low, you’ll be able to use your pool even in the middle of December.
Best of all, you won’t have to pay the ridiculous energy costs that usually go alongside heating a pool – you’ll be thankful come fall and winter to take a tip and not have the accompanying power bill.
Swimming isn’t just for summer anymore when you have solar pool heating.
One of the single best benefits that come from having installed solar panels is that our power companies offer the chance to take part in their net metering programs.
Net metering programs allow you to literally sell your excess energy back to the electricity company.
That’s right when you install solar panels on your home to take in that sweet, gorgeous California sunshine, you’ll also be helping your neighbors who don’t have solar power use electricity that wasn’t produced through polluting energy production methods.
Likewise, the power company will pay you for that electricity.
What’s really crazy is that all those figures that take into account how much money you can (and will) save with home solar panels don’t usually take into account net metering!
So those tens of thousands of dollars you’ll save on your energy costs can be even higher simply because you live in an area where we get tons of sunshine and you chose to embrace a limitless supply of green, non-polluting power generation.
If you’re interested in California solar statistics but you haven’t yet taken a look at the data available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory covering Solar Maps of the U.S., you ought to give that page at least a quick once-over.
When looking at the solar irradiance map of the country as a whole, there is one thing you’ll notice right away: California is absolutely blasted with sunshine compared to other states in the union.
If you’ve lived here long and lived in Southern California, you probably already know that (especially if you’ve ever needed to hop in a car on our hottest and brightest of days).
But here’s the thing, the same energy that makes your car unbearably hot can be used to power your TVs, charge your phones, run your air conditioning, keep your refrigerator running… you get the point.
So let’s look at some solar energy figures. The average home in the U.S. requires around 900 kWh of energy a month.
That comes out to about 30 kWh of electricity a day, which means your home will need around 1.25 kWh of energy per hour.
In Southern California, we receive on average no less than 6 kWh of direct solar resource per square meter per day. Because of that, even if you live in a vertically designed home, you will still have the space needed to power your energy needs.
With that kind of irradiance hitting SoCal (and the fact that Californians are generally much more conservative with our energy usage via efficient appliances and our excellent weather), it would almost be difficult to use up all of your solar power before net metering kicks in.
When you’re ready to hitch a ride on solar power while minimizing your impact on the environment without having to sacrifice any of your standard of living, give Solar Sun Surfer a call for a free quote and consultation.
We’ll be happy to help you catch this wave.