The 7 Biggest Excuses People Use to Delay Switching to Solar Energy
Stop letting these common misconceptions hold you back from making the switch to the energy- and money-saving potential of solar power.
When people aren’t sure about making a big decision in their lives, they usually tend to procrastinate on it.
They think the answer to their options will hit them like a stroke of inspiration and all the research they did, pro and con lists they made, and articles they read will finally make sense.
Until this moment of genius, people hold on tightly to one or more “logical” reasons for delaying their decision.
If you find yourself thinking it’s not the right time to switch to solar energy, you may have a similar plan of inaction.
But a lot has changed in the solar world since you first heard about how it works to save people money every month. Solar is better — and more affordable — than ever before.
So let’s see if any of these common misconceptions about solar energy have been holding you back from the energy- and money-saving awesomeness of solar power.
1. My Home Doesn’t Get Enough Sun for Solar Energy
One of the biggest myths about solar energy is that you need to live somewhere that’s always sunny for it to work.
People automatically assume sunshine-abundant states like Florida and California are better for generating solar energy than states with less-than-perfect weather.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth.
See, it’s not the sun’s brightness that solar panels capture — it’s their UV rays.
UV rays are present whether it’s an Instagram-worthy blue-sky day or rainy and overcast out.
That means your weather doesn’t matter as much as the positioning of your solar panels.
It’s the strength of the sun’s UV rays on your property and how many hours your solar panels get to capture those UV rays that matter most.
As long as your solar panels are soaking up as much energy from the sun as possible, they’ll help you generate power to offset your electricity bill.
Check out the top 10 solar states according to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and you’ll see that solar energy doesn’t prefer one specific climate over another:
- North Carolina
- New Jersey
- New York
Most of these locales aren’t known for their sunny 24/7 weather and yet they’re crushing the solar energy market.
And the top performing countries for solar energy may also surprise you by their lack of constantly sunny weather:
The reality is, solar panels actually perform best when the weather is cooler. Their efficiency is higher when they’re not baking in very hot temperatures or spending too many hours in extreme sunlight
Only a solar energy expert can tell you how conducive your property is for solar energy so don’t count your place out yet.
You may be able to capture a lot more sunshine than you think your property receives.