Solar energy is the subject of much conversation these days, and rightly so. Not only does it help you reduce your carbon footprint, thus dramatically helping the environment, but you can lower your energy costs and ensure a safer home by harnessing the suns’s power, as well. However, the ability to become self-sufficient is another benefit of solar energy that is not always talked about. Below are five ways that solar energy can help you become self-sufficient.
Lights Out? Not So Fast
There is much talk about going “off the grid”, and when most people hear it they think about going off into the mountains, building a cabin, and being untraceable. However, where solar energy is concerned, it’s actually referring to being off the electrical grid – as in not having to be tied into that large system that is unnoticeable when it functions, but becomes really annoying when a large power outage occurs. If you use solar energy from Vivint Security to power your electrical system, though, you can usually avoid such annoyances and keep the lights on even when the grid goes black.
Solar heating is a very good option if you want to keep your home at optimal temperatures year-round. Some believe that solar energy doesn’t work on cloudy days, but that’s not true. As long as the sun is out, you can capture solar energy. Instead of having to rely on gas or electricity, both of which are prone to be problematic during the winter months, use solar heating and you’ll have hot water and a warm house year-round. (Solar-powered cooling systems are also available for the summer months.)
Taking the Power Back
Vivint in Anchorage AK is changing the way people think about security, and they are actively putting the power back in the hands of homeowners. Take their Smart Thermostat, for instance; instead of heating and cooling your home when you aren’t there, you can control the temperature of your home from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. They also have solar-powered devices like the Recessed Door Sensor, which helps you stay protected by alerting you when the door is not closed. For more information and additional products and services, contact.
Sustainable Food Production
If you live in a very cold climate, or you simply can’t produce the volume of food required for year-round sustenance during the spring alone, a solar-powered greenhouse might just be the answer. With most models, you can grow food year-round, harnessing the power of the sun to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Talk about self-sufficiency!