Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Why We All Should Harness The Power Of The Sun - Some Amazing Reasons

By Kyle Zaltowski

It warms up our faces and grows our food; energy from the sun is our life blood and gives us nearly everything we need to endure. Using its potency, however, has escaped the earths population, or at least until of late. Harnessing the sun's full potential may be a long way into the future, but until technology shows us the true possibilities of our sun's power we can use what we have as a matter of necessity, economic need and personal responsibility.

Maybe we are happy with what's going on today. Perhaps you feel all is fine and you don't feel the need to change a system that's worked for over a century. If you do, consider a few of these benefits to solar power and you may just recognize its potential in a somewhat more responsible, yet selfish, light.

But I don't care about the environment? Perhaps everything in the world is fine as far as you are concerned. The last thing that you care about are plants, clean air and pure water. Heck, the water turns up every time you turn on a tap, the heat comes on when it's cold, the light switch brings you light. What's there to worry about? Consider that this is just the problem. If you don't care for the situation, the spigot may not bring you pure drinking water, the heater may not go on and the suv certainly won't start. If the planet is kept neat and left to do what it was intended to do, everything would continue to work fine. But get in its way and everything you thought was hunky-dory won't be for long.

Cost savings - One of the best things about caring for the suns ability to serve its rightful purpose is that it saves you money in the longer run. Once solar modules are procured and installed, they cost very little, if anything to operate and maintain. In most instances, the government will even help to pay for the upfront costs of installing the system through tax incentives. Additionally, power companies in most regions are required to pay you for energy that you have generated and not used. Yes, you read correctly, the power company will pay you!

Makes Financial Sense - In most instances, 70% of the northern hemisphere can produce enough solar power to run and heat their homes with existing solar systems. This means that whatever is left over goes back to the power grid if you so choose. Just think of your electricity meter running backwards. The extra energy you need for that cloudy day is stored in ever more efficient batteries. Most current users of the technology say that the use of solar energy systems only takes a little thought in terms of power management.

Off the grid - Depending upon how you feel about things, another of the better reasons to use photovoltaic solar panels is that you can take yourself off the 'power grid' so to speak. Many people do not enjoy being a part of the social collective that is interconnectivity. Going sun powered takes you away from this one aspect of community and puts you closer to self reliance which is a great thing.

Versatility - Just because the solar power industry has come a long way in providing energy, heating and cooling and a host of other services there is a long way to go. This is not to indicate, however, that solar energy is not currently versatile in form and function. Photovoltaic Solar systems can currently be formed into thin sheets for vehicle top electric powered vehicles. They can cover urban rooftops and not be noticed, unlike those 1990s units. Costs are also coming way down, almost as fast as the MP3 Players of today.

Personal responsibility - Past the cost benefits and environmental benefits that solar electricity brings you should consider using it because you are part of a greater social order that will procreate. Man has not been on this planet for all that long and is doing its best to end its run in one way or another. If you would like to give your children's children a better shot at continuing the human species' time on this planet, solar power is one small contribution that you can make all by your self.

One way to fulfil the goal of preserving all the creature comforts of home operating the right way is by using other sources of power generation like solar, and not generating nasty things that get in the way of the environment doing its job. Most current sources of power include carbon based fuels such as petrol which are derived from dead plants. Environmentally responsible power, heating and cooling, and daily transport come from living or energized sources like water and oxygen molecules. The Sun's rays can be turned into electricity and used to power your boat, heat your house and provide your light. But to make the process work, you need to be able to have a direct shot at the sun, which means taking care of the environment and not getting in its way.

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