Solar Myths Can Prevent You From Making Positive Decisions
Have you ever listened to advice from someone who has never had experience or knowledge on the topic that you are discussing? Although they have no backing to their words, they somehow sound so logical.
Mmhmm…nod your head, because I’m almost certain that this has happened countless times in my life and yours.
Many of us have a tendency to become experts at giving information and advice. The problem is that oftentimes the information we share or give is not true or accurate. The same applies to advice that we receive and end up believing.
In the solar industry, many myths have surfaced – some without factual support, some with missing information and therefore lacking the whole picture, and others due to the downfall or mistake of someone or some business within the industry. More details on those myths will follow shortly.
If the truth will help you make a positive impact on your wallet or the environment, then I’d like to discount the myths that prevent you from making good decisions.
Would you rather know the truth or would you rather believe the myth?
Certain things are easier to swallow as a myth, but if that myth can cause you to lose out on positive benefits, then I’d like to think that the truth is far better.
The following is a list of solar myths that have been dispelled:
Myth #1: Solar panels don’t work in cloudy and cold weather.
It’s true that solar panels don’t produce as much electricity when it’s cloudy; however, a certain amount of sunlight can still pass through the clouds and be converted. Cold weather may actually be more beneficial for solar panels since it’s the sunlight that allows for solar panels to work, not the heat. Germany, one of the largest solar markets that undergoes cold and cloudy conditions, can attest to the value of solar panels.
Myth #2: Since solar panels don’t work at night, they end up being unreliable.
Solar systems tend to generate more energy during the day than we typically need. Although the panels do not function to convert sunlight into electricity at night, extra energy is usually produced during the day. In fact, if homeowners have excess energy, they can receive credit for it or sell it.
Myth #3: Solar panels make my home look ugly.
Solar panels are actually attractive because they add value to the home. If you plan to sell the home, you’ll most likely get more money from the sale than if you didn’t have them. Nowadays, if you want to get modules that blend more with your roof without looking obvious or as an eye sore, they’re available! SunPower produces sleek black panels that can blend in beautifully with darker roofs.
Myth #4: Solar panels have a negative impact on the environment.
Anything that is manufactured usually requires energy to create and method for disposal, but the amount of carbon that is emitted from making solar panels ends once the product is made. On the flip-side, other forms of energy emit carbon dioxide continuously.
Myth #5: Solar panels require a ton of maintenance.
No! Solar panels are extremely easy to maintain and require very little maintenance. For the most part, all they really need is the occasional water hosing to remove grime, dirt, and leaves.
If you’re looking to possibly save money, help the environment, or increase the resale value of your home it’s probably best to get an assessment and talk to a professional who is knowledgeable and factual.
If your house is not a good candidate for solar panels, then at least you took the time to find out rather than question your decision for the rest of your life or feel regret. If your house turns out to be an excellent candidate and gives you beneficial returns, then you’re in luck!
Next time someone gives you advice, ask yourself: does that person have any background, history, knowledge, expertise, or experience in that subject matter?
If yes, then thank them for their advice and knowledge. If not, then just nod with a smile.