Thinking of how you might save a little money in 2023? How about cutting some energy costs? In our region, where the heating season can be rather long, we must cut back on electricity, gas, or heating oil use to realize cost savings. Although it's not easy to save when the weather is cold, there are various means to reduce energy bills. Surprisingly, one of the best ways to cut down on electricity use is by adding solar panels.
Wait a minute! You thought solar energy was just not viable in our climate because of cloud cover. People who live in the northern United States are often surprised to learn that solar panels are a viable, energy-efficient option. Our real estate agents will explain how that works.
Homeowners can harvest the sun's energy by placing solar panels on their roofs or, if they own a field nearby, out in the open. The panels are made with photovoltaic (FV) cells containing semiconductor materials, including silicon, that absorb photons from the sun. The photos release electrons from the semiconductors. The electrons flow within the cells, creating an electric current that can be directed to the circuits.
Typically, homeowners place solar panels wherever there is sunlight, such as on roofs or in an open field. The more light, the better.
One of the main questions Long Island residents will want to know is, will solar panels work on a cloudy day? The answer is yes: Light can be gathered depending on how deep the clouds are, albeit with diminished efficiency. Fog, clouds, and tree shade will inhibit efficiency, so be careful where you place your panels.
Yes, installing solar panels can be expensive, so you may wonder if it's worth it. Here are five benefits of solar energy:
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