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Solar panel systems are getting more popular in the Brisbane area. Solar panels are affordable, better for the Earth and they make society less dependent on traditional sources of energy. But don’t forget that these systems need regular care. Are you unsure about cleaning them? Cleaning too often wastes money but not doing it often enough could reduce efficiency. Fortunately there are professional solar panel cleaners in Brisbane who know what to do and here are three reasons why you should hire an expert to clean your solar panels with proficiency and care:

1. Clean at the right time
Certain seasons cause more dirt to be deposited, but that’s not the only way to judge when to do a cleaning. Brisbane solar panel cleaning experts will know when your panels need to be cleaned so the system works efficiently. Avoid cleaning too often, as that simply wastes money.

2. No one wants to create further repair jobs
Panels that are properly maintained won’t have to be fixed. Avoid having a layperson try to do the cleaning because the system is made up of delicate parts that could be damaged. Solar panel experts know how to handle the job and you won’t have to worry about repair costs.

3. Safety comes first
Cleaning the panels means using a ladder and working on the roof. Since that can be very dangerous if not done correctly, you must hire a professional who has been trained to do the work.
If taken care of properly, solar panels don’t need to be worked on that often to provide energy for your home. Don’t forget to get cleanings done on a regular basis.
Solar panel owners rely on Solar Service Guys for efficient, reliable and professional standard solar cleaning for Brisbane homes.

 

 

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Shining New Lights on Solar Energy

Feb-17-2015 By Barbara Zak
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Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, scientists and researchers have spent a great deal of time and money looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. Additionally, a host of environmentalist groups have demanded these alternatives be eco-sensitive, serving as clean and renewable energy sources.

To many, solar power is one of the most desirable of all energy sources. The sun shines and strikes Earth whether its energy is used or not, so simply capturing its potential doesn’t add any environmental burden. Moreover, there are ways to use solar energy that prevent any harmful emissions or other environmental issues.

The core focus on using solar energy was initially on the solar, or photovoltaic, cell. Developed for use in space vehicles, the solar cell was adapted quickly to solar panels for use in the home and other applications. The solar panels installed on the roofs of homes are simply arrays of hundreds of these solar cells, and they create a flow of direct current. This electricity is then sent through an inverter, and it enters the home as regular AC electricity. The entire process serves to eliminate the use of electricity generated by the utilities, such as Columbia Utilities and other local utilities throughout the nation.

Increasing Efficiency

The main drawback to the growth in the use of solar energy is the initial cost of installation and ongoing upkeep of the systems. The goal is to have systems that generate a rapid payback and provide ongoing savings by providing sufficient energy in the home or other applications.
The focus on research to achieve this objective is on two areas. First, scientists are trying to improve the efficiency of the solar cell itself. The degree to which the cell converts the energy in the sun’s rays is the measure of its efficiency. While that rate has increased from roughly eight 8 percent in the first cells to 18 to 20 percent today, there are experimental cells that achieve a 40 percent efficiency rating. The more efficient a cell, the fewer needed to provide the desired level of electricity, and the cheaper a total installation.

The second focus of those who wish to see more use of solar energy in the home is on the way the cells and panels are used. Since more than 50 percent of the cost of an initial installation is related to costs other than the cells themselves, this is where a lot of the savings are coming. New approaches such as thin-cell panels and flexible cells allow a different way to use solar in the home. These products can be incorporated into roofing materials and easily installed, producing significant savings.

As science continues to make solar power more affordable and efficient, it will become even more popular as a source of energy for homeowners.

 

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4 Easy Green Living Projects To Do

Jan-28-2014 By Barbara Zak
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No one wants to harm the environment, but if you lack the time, energy or budget to completely remodel your home with solar power and energy-efficient appliances, it’s easy not to care about green living. But what if starting a more eco-friendly home was easier than you thought? Here are four little ways you can begin your journey to protect the Earth.

A modern solar cell

A modern solar cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1: Use Less Water

A single dripping faucet can waste an ocean of water. A long shower, instead of a simple bath, will use literally hundreds of gallons that could have otherwise been saved. You don’t even want to know how much water you waste with a dishwasher.

2: Install Tubular Skylights

Save on your electric bill by welcoming bright, natural light into all those nooks and crannies in your home. Click here to learn more about tubular skylights and how they can put you on a path to greener living.

3: Start Your Own Garden

If you have a patch of land and a little free time, you can grow your own vegetables and reduce your reliance on chemically-treated crops. This, in turn, will slow some of the demand for pesticide and make a small but meaningful impact on the farming industry.

4: Install Photovoltaic Panels

If you’re interested in solar power but don’t yet want to commit to a complete overhaul, consider installing just a few photovoltaic panels on your roof. They’ll give you a taste of clean, natural energy for a fraction of the price.

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