or how many years, have we heard about the need, to minimize our dependence on non – renewable, fossil fuels, and replace this, with emphasizing, greener, renewable energy sources? In the past, some alternatives, which were considered, included, using solar, geo – thermal, etc, but, in most cases, either, it was too expensive, and/ or, unpleasing, from a cosmetic, esthetic perspective! A few years ago, one of the companies founded by Elon Musk, created, and introduced, replaceable solar roof tiles, instead of, using units, which, sit, on top of the regular roof. He addressed the significant issue of costs, by marketing these tiles, at approximately, the same price, of conventional roofing. However, each person must discover, whether a solar roof, would make sense, for them, or be wiser, than a more conventional alternative. There are four primary considerations, to evaluate, and this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, these.
1. Examine total costs: Carefully, consider the total costs of changing to this alternative style. This includes the materials, labor, hooking these into the electric – grid, and, in some municipalities, government imposed, fees, etc.
2. Does the existing roof need replacement?: How old is your existing roof? What condition is it in? Obviously, if you would have to install a new roof, anyway, installing a solar roof, becomes even more affordable, etc. Are the installers and technicians, in your geographic area/ region, qualified, and trained, to properly install these newer solutions?
3. Exposure and obstructions: Traditional solar panels require a Southern exposure, in order to maximize, the return, on investment! These replaced tiles cover the entire area, but, one must examine, whether, sufficient sunlight, in an unobstructed manner, makes this approach, the logical decision! Examine, whether, the esthetics, and cosmetics, of this style, are consistent, with your house’s maximum appeal!
4. Local zoning issues, laws, and regulations: Some municipalities impose restrictions on solar panels, but, few, to date, have fully addressed, Elon Musk’s latest creation! Although, from, both, a longer – term, financial/ economic perspective, as well as from a renewable energy point – of – view, implementing this approach, is a relevant, responsive, sustainable approach.
After the hurricane devastated Puerto Rico, a couple of years ago, Musk’s company, brought in, these techniques, and, got, certain hospitals, and schools, up – and – running, quickly and effectively/ efficiently, well before the electrical grid was reinstated. We must begin to think ahead, and become more environmentally, responsible!
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