Solar Energy Shingles For Your Home

Solar power has come very far in the last few years. Efficiency, effectiveness and now aesthetics have all been improved upon. I recently saw something on Pinterest about Dow Powerhouse solar shingles that take up far less space and are even more efficient than traditional solar panels, and come equipped with integrated apps to track your savings and energy efficiency.

How Does It Work?

Unlike traditional methods, the powerhouse system converts solar directly with a DC converter and powers everything in your home. The intention is to allowyou more control over your energy generation and improve your output while reducing the need to rely on the power company for electricity.

They’re reported to be very strong and able to withstand winds of up to 150mph! But perhaps the most notable aspect of them is their design. Their thinness makes them more versatile than typical solar panels in that they are specifically fitted to your home’s roof.

On top of that, there are various tax credits, benefits for upgrading (including increasing the value of your home) and the company even offers financing for the system.

This brings up the question: how many people would switch to solar energy if it were more affordable and easier to obtain? The aesthetic of it could be a draw to many, but probably a bigger obstacle to more families switching their home to solar energy is the fact that a usual solar panel system can cost upwards of $45,000 to install and still not take your house completely off-the-grid.


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In the future, it’s likely that every home on the planet will be powered by alternative energy. Developments and inventions like these powerhouse solar panels could be a beginning step to that conversion!

For more information about the impact switching to solar energy would have on the planet, check out the infographic at the bottom of the post.

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