Regardless of where you are in the world, there is an ever-increasing push to “go green”. Even in Thailand, a country perhaps not noted for putting environmental issues high on the agenda, the plastic collection is on the increase, stores are less willing to issue plastic bags and efforts are being made to save energy. Solar energy is becoming more popular and is perfect for homes in Thailand due to long hours of sunlight. Here are just five of the reasons why you might consider installing solar power in your home.
1. Save Money!
Let’s face in Thailand, money is still incredibly relevant, and most people can understand and appreciate that. While we may like to claim that we are doing things for the good of the planet, in most people’s cases, our own financial needs come first. In a country that is renowned for being hot, most of us have our air conditioning on for a significant amount of time, which is expensive in itself. So, why not make the most of the sun, install some solar panels and reduce your monthly energy costs?
2. Make Your Home More Marketable
If your property already has solar panels, so, therefore, energy costs are kept to a minimum, then your property will be far more appealing than a comparable property which relies on the electrical grid. With house prices having stagnated somewhat in Pattaya, this will instantly make it more attractive, which creates demand and increases the value. If you are looking to sell your property in Pattaya, it could be worth doing a cost-benefit analysis to determine if you could benefit.
3. Reduce Downtime
If you have lived in Pattaya for any period, you will understand that power cuts are almost a way of life. Although things have certainly improved, we can still experience power outages after significant storms. If you have your own electricity supply from solar panels, you are less prone to these power cuts. Also, the PEA tends to increase prices frequently, so you will also gain an element of “energy independence”.
4. It is an Investment with Guarantees
Most solar power systems come with manufacturer guarantees of anything up to thirty years with the lifespan of this equipment being estimated as being in the region of forty years. With utility prices only set to rise during this period, after you have made your initial outlay, you will be continually making savings. In real terms, these savings will increase each year exponentially throughout the useful life of your equipment. Where else could you receive guarantees like that?
5. Environmental Benefits
Although personal financial benefits are probably the number one reason for considering installing solar power, the fact that we are helping the environment is a bonus. With fossil fuels slowly expiring, solar is a fantastic alternative as it creates no greenhouse emissions. It means that a shift towards solar energy is helping to preserve the planet for future generations. If we all play our part, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint.