Do you work from home? We listed 6 benefits to investing in solar energy while you operate from this new work environment.
Our economy has suffered under COVID-19, and most of us are looking for ways to reduce our living expenses. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “Switch the light off when you leave a room” or “turn the geyser off during the day”, then solar energy is a solution for you. It has many benefits - and if you work from home, it makes even more sense as an investment.
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As electricity costs mount, so do our monthly utility bills. Eskom has already hiked electricity prices by 15.63% for 2021, and that's just electricity. When you factor in water, sewage and sanitation, and the internet, that pit in your stomach gets deeper, and your future of working from home (especially if you’re running your own business) feels riskier than ever.
The cost of installation is high. But solar panels are an investment - once you’ve paid the initial price, they’ll generate all the power you need for heating, cooking, and more, thus minimising your utility expenses.
Eskom. Need we say more? For South Africans, load-shedding is a common and unpredictable occurrence. It’s worse when you work from home and can’t afford a power generator; load shedding forces you to abandon your laptop and miss out on valuable working hours until the power comes back on.
But solar energy can save the day (and those candlelit nights).
Solar panels are an attractive asset to potential buyers (if you ever decide to sell your home). Many people are concerned about their carbon footprint and wish to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Solar energy is eco-friendly.
Since you’ve already paid for the installation of solar panels, you’re also doing your potential buyers a favour. You’ve cut utility costs for them.
Solar panels require little maintenance. You clean them a few times a year to get rid of dirt, leaves, etc., and that’s it.
Use something soft, like a sponge, to clean solar panels. Or even use a carpet sweeper with soft bristles. Just ensure you don’t use hot water or anything with stiff bristles because this could crack or scratch the surface of the panels.
Traditional energy production and consumption requires burning fuel. This process harms the environment, humans, and wildlife. It poses multiple health risks and leads to pollution.
But solar energy is an eco-friendly alternative.
Solar energy presents an incredible opportunity to help disadvantaged or remote communities. After the initial installation cost, schools, households, and businesses are left with a renewable energy source that needs sunlight to charge and generate power.
This can aid the development of rural areas worldwide.
Work remotely, save the environment, and cut costs - all in a day’s work! Solar energy makes it possible.
"Please note: All building conversions and renovations must always be subject to local bylaws and building regulations."