Solar power can be expensive to switch over to all at once, but we should take responsibility for our carbon footprints. Commercial power often increases the burning of fossil fuel such as gas or oil, so if we can reduce our dependence on commercial power we will have made a positive environmental step. Notice the word reduce. Moving away from commercial power all at once might be cost prohibited for most people. But, any partial conversion to solar power is a plus, and should be taken.
A partial move to solar power is best achieved if the steps we take can continue to be used should we go more fully to solar energy. Some things are stand alone units that individually utilize solar energy. Having any of these installed will not be wasted should a decision to more fully convert to solar energy be made in the future.
On the positive side you can install these even if you have no power run to the location. However, make certain the solar cell gets adequate sunlight to fully charge the batteries.
Thanks for sharing this! I like the solar powered security lights for a beginning option. They're affordable, and many of us are more concerned for safety and security these days.
I did it with both a federal and a state plan that together paid about 80% of the cost. I mentioned these in another article. But, even for partial conversion do take advantage of any money you can get from the government.
Have thought about solar heating (my electricity supplier would allow me to sell excess electricity back to the grid). The initial outlay seems steep though.
I think any move in the right direction has merit. Thanks for the comment.
This is a good and useful article. I can see the rationality of partial conversion for those not rich enough for the full change.
The water is heated in carbon. This is not a conversion to electricity, but a more direct use. The ones pictured are panels, but my understanding is many use carbon. I cannot verify the specifications of what these are made of, but others are clearer on this. Carbon, being black, absorbs sunlight and converts t to heat.
Forgive my ignorance blackspanielgallery, what is this carbon tubing you write about?