With any good invention, there are always nay-sayers and party poopers who like to rain on our parade. If you ever had the itch to get yourself a solar panel, you’ve probably heard are a couple of myths flying around. While solar panels may not be the perfect fit for everyone, you may be surprised at how versatile and useful these tools can really be. So, let’s bust some myths and see what these solar panels are really about!
Solar Panels Are Unreliable and Inefficient
I have heard so many people complain about solar panels being inefficient and unreliable. These people also either never touched a solar panel or had wildly unrealistic expectations. Solar panels are quite efficient, converting sunlight into electricity at an estimated rate of 20%. While they may not be able to produce electricity when the day is over, having a solar panel can free you up from relying on the grid. Plus, solar panels can store excess energy in portable generators! That means you can save all that power you got during the day to use whenever you want.
Solar Panels Only Work at High Noon
When it comes to solar power, one of the most common misconceptions is that it only works when the sun is very bright, or what many people call, “high noon”. High noon is when the sun is at its peak location in the sky, thus giving out its strongest solar energy. Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity, and they're able to do this even on cloudy and snowy days. While moments like high noon are the best in terms of solar intensity, days that are overcast and lightly snowy can still give you the energy you need to charge your battery. In addition, our solar panels are also water resistant, which means they can even get energy during a gentle rain. Note, the power box on the back of the solar panel isn’t water proof, so if it’s a full blow down pour, take your solar panels inside until things clear up.
Solar Panels are Expensive
This is a bit of tricky situation. Can you find yourself a cheap solar panel at the dollar store that works and meets your needs? Definitely not. Like any kind of complicated technology, you will have to pair a fair price to meet supply and demand. With that being said, solar panels are a long-term investment that has a big payoff. The average lifespan of a solar panel is 25 years or more, so they will pay for themselves over time. Solar panels will save you money on your electric bill each month, and as time passes, the savings will add up. Also many companies that offer solar panels offer payment plans if you aren’t able to pay for it all up front. Not bad in my opinion!
Solar Energy is Costly to Produce
Solar energy is very cost-effective, especially when you compare it to other forms of energy such as fossil fuels. While you will have to make the initial investment of getting your supplies, the long-term savings are undeniable. Solar power is environmentally-friendly as well. Using our solar gensets means no toxic fumes or loud noises when powering up your essential appliances. When you factor in all of the benefits of solar power, it's clear that this renewable energy source is a wise investment.
Solar Panels are a Pain to Install and Use
While that entirely depends on the type of solar panel you buy, our solar panels are a snap-literally. Our portable solar panels are a simple snap and unfold. These panels are held together with a magnet and have a rigid body that makes it easy to place anywhere you are. They are also thin and easy to store, so when you are done using them for the day, bringing them inside is super easy. When you are using the solar panels, you don’t have to worry about fumbling around with a bunch of long garbled cords. Our system is simple and easy to use. Whether you are a tech geek or a simpleton like me, these solar panels are easy to understand and are a quick and easy set up.
Like any kind of tool, there is always room for improvement to make them better, stronger, and faster. But just because there may be minor draw backs that may require a bit of an adjustment, using solar panels in your everyday life is by no means a step backwards. Solar panels are a great way to get energy off the grid, and it can be a good way to take care of our planet too. Don’t let the nay-sayers keep you from living your best life!