Energy efficient home upgrades can prove more than worthwhile in many ways. Whether your upgrading your house to run entirely on solar energy panels or just switching to fluorescent lighting; eco-friendly and energy-efficient home upgrades are a proven way to severely cut monthly energy costs and power bills. In addition to the financial benefits that come from energy-efficient home upgrades, the growing environmental concern and need for alternate methods of energy make these improvements to your home a necessary investment for preserving the planet we all live on. Making the investment towards improving your home for energy efficiency can sometimes cost less than most people would think, and the payback money that you will receive in savings as time goes on will always pay for its original cost after a given amount of time.
Everyone knows that you should avoid turning on your air conditioner in cool weather or unless necessary when trying to save power. What some people do not know is that with fluorescent or LED light bulbs inserted into your regular lighting fixtures throughout your house you’re already saving a decent amount of power. The cost of upgrading a house to run on solar or other alternate energy sources is a difficult investment for some but when comparing the price and lifetime of fluorescent bulbs to that of a regular light bulb you will see that there is no extra charge at all for small energy-efficient upgrades such as these. Using a solar energy system or fuel cell as an alternate source of power for a household will almost cut all costs spent on energy bills or any other energy expenses. Considering the average American household spends over 1,400 dollars a year in power bills, a quick calculation of your annual expenses will very likely prove that your energy-efficient upgrades or energy system installation has already paid for itself through the savings you made.
The current cost of solar paneling is about 7 to 9 dollars per watt with installation included. If considering upgrading your house to solar energy or other alternate energy sources the first thing a homeowner must decide is how much power your house regularly uses or will need to use. Assuming that you use gas heating, your solar energy system will be powering appliances such as your refrigerator, computer, television, washer & dryer, lights, and the motors in furnace fans or garbage disposal. After determining the amount of electricity you need on a daily basis, you have to find the price in your area for solar paneling and installation - keep in mind that each day, a solar panel only receives good sunlight for roughly 5 hours and devices such as battery banks, inverters and other devices are necessary for storing or converting solar energy. The use of solar energy systems (also known as photovoltaic or PV systems) is still a new achievement in technology and solar power is too expensive for some households unless they make the proper changes towards the amount of power consumed each day.