10 Solar Energy Myths Busted

Keen to reduce your energy costs and carbon footprint, but not sure if solar energy is right for you? We explore 10 of the most common myths around solar to help you make an informed decision.

By now, we all know some of the environmental benefits of harnessing clean, renewable energy, but reducing our carbon footprint is just one of the benefits of solar energy. If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with information overload, we can help debunk the myths so you can make the switch.

Myth 1: You have to compromise your lifestyle

You don’t have to radically change your habits to make a difference to the planet or your energy bill. Generating your own power can give you greater control over your energy costs; the more your solar power system generates, the less you have to purchase off your energy retailer.

With the average home using more than 70 items that rely on electricity, this can have a huge impact on your energy consumption and the subsequent amount you pay each month.

Myth 2: Solar panels are expensive to install

The cost of installing solar power systems has fallen dramatically over recent years. Consider that solar panels are approximately 500 times cheaper now than in the mid 50s and in a lot of cases can cost about the same as a plasma TV.

With AGL’s solar Smart Plan, customers can benefit from solar energy with none of the upfront costs associated with the purchase and installation of a solar power system. Alternatively, AGL can assist in managing the upfront cost of the system with flexible finance options.

Myth 3: The savings aren't enough to notice

When you switch to solar your electricity bill can be heavily reduced, solar electricity that is generated and used during the day is electricity from the grid that you do not need to buy. 

Depending on your location and energy provider, you could be entitled to feed-in tariffs, meaning you get money back for un-used solar energy that is exported to the grid. Solar panels can also be a real estate selling point and potentially add market value to your home. As a landlord, it can make a home more attractive to prospective tenants to those environmentally conscious renters, or those looking to pay less for their energy usage.

Myth 4: You won't have any power on a cloudy day 

Don’t worry about being thrust into the dark ages on a cloudy day or at night – solar power systems still generate electricity during cloudy days and work in tandem with grid electricity or battery storage when sun generated electricity isn’t sufficient.

Myth 5: Solar panels are costly to maintain

To get the most out of a solar power system, it’s best to trust the solar experts when it comes to installation and ongoing maintenance. It’s important to install a tailored solar system, as it means your system will generate the right amount of energy for your household needs and will help save you money in the long run, your payback period is reduced with a tailored solar solution. To ensure your system costs are kept low, make sure you choose a provider that offers ongoing cleaning, maintenance and monitoring.

Myth 6: Choosing a solar provider is time consuming and confusing

AGL understands that everyone’s needs and wants are different - the energy needs for one household may not be the same for another. That’s why they take the time to understand your situation and provide expert advice to ensure your solar solution is tailored specifically to you so you can start saving sooner.

Myth 7: Solar is a redundant technology

You only have to glance at recent news headlines to disprove this myth - Australian scientists have recently harnessed the sun's energy in a way that is being called a "game changer." For the first time ever, scientists have reached temperatures and pressures never before achieved to create "supercritical steam” – creating the same energy that is currently produced in coal or gas-fired power stations. This breakthrough means one day in the near future solar could generate the same power as fossil fuels.

Myth 8: Solar doesn't support Australian jobs

It’s true that most of the solar panels in Australia are produced overseas, but with over 14,000 Australians employed in the solar industry and the number growing every year, solar continues to create jobs and support local industry. 

Myth 9: Australians aren't adopting solar power

Solar is already a significant part of our energy mix. Australians have been installing solar panels on their roofs since the 1970s, and currently, there are more than one million households with solar panel systems safely and reliably delivering clean electricity, a number that will only continue to grow as prices become more competitive. 

Myth 10: Solar isn't making an impact on our overall greenhouse emissions

Solar power and energy efficiency schemes are contributing to lessen Australia’s demand for electricity and fossil fuel power generation.

Solar panels release no greenhouse gases and the amount of electricity used in the manufacturing process is minimal compared to the energy saved by using them.

There are many benefits to investing in solar and you can do it any time. AGL offers a hassle-free service and tailored solution that best suits your needs, lifestyle and budget. For more information, visit aglsolar.com.au or speak to a solar expert, call 1300 377 118.

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