Heat Your House with Solar PowerNovember 10, 2023
The weather is getting colder, and even the average New Englander is swallowing their pride and turning on the heat. However, you still might be hesitant due to the rising costs of heat in Massachusetts. If you’re looking for a cheaper, more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly way to keep your home warm, you can heat your house with solar power.
That’s right, solar panels don’t just power your lights and appliances. With the right equipment, solar panels can provide heat to your home. This is a massive benefit to both your wallet and the environment, so ditch the furnace and switch to solar.
How Can Solar Power Heat Your House?
The key to heating your home with solar power is to have the right equipment installed. Step one is to install solar panels in your home. By using solar energy, you drastically reduce your need for electricity from the grid that is mostly created by burning fossil fuels.
Next, ditch the furnace for a heat pump. Heat pumps use electricity to both heat and cool the inside of your home. During the winter they convert heat energy from the air or ground and convert it using electricity to provide heat for your home. This electricity is provided by your solar panels. This winning combination of heat pump and solar panels will keep your home heated throughout the fall and winter months, all using power supplied by the sun.
Solar Heating Can Save You Money
Given the rising cost of heating in Massachusetts over the past few years, heating your home with a furnace is expensive. Even using electricity alone can be pricey if you’re getting your power from the grid. Your house requires heat, but a basic necessity shouldn’t break the bank every winter.
Meanwhile, the sun delivers an abundant amount of energy every day. The United States Solar Technologies Office says “the amount of sunlight that strikes the Earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s consumption for a full year.” Photovoltaic solar panels can convert sunlight into electricity, which can power your whole house. This can include heat with the right equipment.
By foregoing your oil or gas furnace and switching to solar, you can heat your house while enjoying the numerous financial benefits that come with solar power. Plus, Massachusetts offers technical support as well as rebates and incentives to help homeowners become more energy efficient and to further electrify their home.
Heating With Solar Is Environmentally Friendly
There have been rising concerns about the environmental effect of fossil fuels, as well as the finite amount the planet has. Unfortunately, most Massachusetts homes use furnaces that are fueled by natural gas. However, if you choose to go green by getting solar panels and a heat pump, you’ll be drastically reducing your carbon footprint.
Homes create 24% of Massachusetts’ total greenhouse gas emissions. Part of this comes from furnaces, especially during the winter. Studies have shown that “a typical U.S. home can cut its heating-related climate pollution by 45 percent to 72 percent by swapping out a gas-fired furnace for an efficient, all-electric heat pump.” When you use a heat pump in tandem with solar panels, which release no greenhouse gasses, the overall pollution is even further reduced.
When the weather starts to turn cold, fossil fuels aren’t your only option for heat. You can reduce pollution and your heating costs by installing solar panels and solar heating systems. Contact us today to see if solar is right for your home!