With the rising cost of electrical power bills more and more people are looking for ways to save money. Indoor solar lighting may be just what they want.
First of all, how does solar power work? Solar power is the transformation of the sun’s energy into electricity or heat. By using the sun’s energy you are nearly guaranteed that you will never run out of it (battery systems can store some of the electricity generated during the day for use at night when the sun is not shining). By using this type of renewable energy you’re helping to save the Earth from the ravages of pollution and saving yourself some much needed cash.
You may be wondering what you would do on cloudy days if you have indoor solar lighting. Fortunately some energy from the sun still reaches the Earth’s surface even with the presence of clouds, and when it contacts the solar panels it is converted into electricity. This electricity is then stored in a battery until needed, much like what happens with a typical flashlight.
Initially this can be a fairly pricey investment while you are installing, and yes you can do it yourself but most people opt to have a professional do it. The advantage to setting up a solar lighting system, however, is that it will end up saving you money in the long run. For example, if you average $70 per month on power bills this will add up to $840 per year. If your system costs $8,400 to purchase and install (your actual costs may be somewhat higher or lower than this) you can recoup your costs and begin saving money on electricity after 10 years. In some areas local and regional governments allow you to claim tax credits or deductions for the cost of solar systems, in which case you can begin saving money even sooner.
Indoor solar lighting also gives you the advantage of avoiding the need for noisy generators running all the time whenever you want to access power away from the main grid. You can still keep a backup generator on hand though just to be extra safe in case there is severe weather or your system somehow gets damaged. This will allow you to have a virtually uninterrupted power stream so that you never lose any data or warmth.
On the other hand it is also possible to retain conventional grid power for most things and add solar lighting in small stages as time and money permits, thus allowing you to gradually reduce your electric bills over time. Solar lighting components for both indoor and outdoor use can be ordered online from major sites like Amazon.com or from other retailers dedicated to providing indoor solar lighting solutions.
This article was supplied by the freelance writer Blizzerand.