Working from home? Here's why you need to invest in solar energy

    6 Benefits Of Investing In Solar Energy When You Work From Home

    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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    couple figuring out expensesBenefit 1: Minimises Utility Expenses

    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. 

    • One way to cut utility costs is to install solar energy panels, which are a collection of solar cells mounted into a panel. They convert sunlight into solar energy. 

    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. 

    Sun in the skyBenefit 2: Reliable 

    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 energy is renewable. It never runs out because the sun never depletes! As long as it’s daytime, your solar panels can charge and convert direct sunlight into electricity to power your household. Eskom’s “schedule no longer binds you”. 
    Even in winter, the solar panels will still perform (albeit not as efficiently, compared to sunny days).

    for sale signBenefit 3: Boosts Your Home Value

    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.  

    • Think of the future, too. As technology becomes more widespread, people get more educated about the environment, and traditional power sources start to fail us, we’ll look for alternatives. Why not invest in solar energy today? The world is heading in that direction. Buyers might even come to expect solar panels.

    man installing solar pannels on roofBenefit 4: Low Maintenance 

    Solar panels require little maintenance. You clean them a few times a year to get rid of dirt, leaves, etc., and that’s it. 

    • If you live in a snowy area, you’ll want to clean your solar panels more regularly to clear away the snow. In dry weather, leaves and dirt are your only problem. 

    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. 

    Benefit 5: Eco-Friendly 

    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 panels don’t emit harmful gasses. They don’t require water to generate power, and they don’t produce dangerous waste. They’re clean and silent, and there’s no chance of them electrocuting birds because solar panels don’t have power lines.

    urban areaBenefit 6: Accessibility And Development

    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. 

    • When rural communities can produce their own electricity from solar panels, it provides them with electricity for heating, lighting, etc., and increases job creation, empowers the local community, and decreases “fuel poverty”.
    Fuel poverty is when a household cannot afford basic electricity; they are without adequate heating, lighting, etc. But this problem becomes obsolete when the household uses solar energy.

    woman working from homeInvest In Solar Energy When You Work From Home

    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."

    Author: Seeff Property Group
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