There have been a lot of myths and misconceptions circulating about solar energy almost since its conception. To this day, many homeowners buy into various myths about solar energy and use them as an excuse not to invest in the technology. You may think that you have a good reason for not installing a solar energy system, but you might actually be missing out on a huge opportunity. Let’s take a look at some of these solar misconceptions, and separate truth from fiction.
Solar Energy Is Not Efficient Enough
You’ll hear all kinds of people, from your neighbors all the way up to members of congress, talk about how solar energy systems are simply too inefficient for widespread use. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, in California there was a recent increase in installation fees for solar customers because they were too efficient. Solar outfitted homes were consuming virtually zero power from the electrical grid, and actually had surplus energy left over that was sold back. Solar energy is plenty efficient, and you’ll likely see substantial energy savings by using it.
Solar Energy Only Works on Sunny Days
In a place like Seattle, you might wonder why anyone would want to use a technology that only works on cloudy days. Except solar energy systems actually work just fine when it’s overcast. The number one country in the world for solar energy use is Germany, which receives far less sunlight than the U.S. on average. Most solar energy systems suffer a drop of no more than 10% efficiency at most during extremely cloudy weather, and that’s still more than enough to supply quite a bit of power.
If you’d like to know more about the benefits of solar energy systems, call Sound Heating. We offer a full range of solar energy services throughout Seattle, WA.