As a student, you probably use up a lot of energy. Whether it’s lighting or heating your home, heating up your water supply, charging your devices, revising at your computer or watching the television, every minute that you spend ‘plugged in’ is costing you. Although students are renowned for being able to live off very little amounts of money, dealing with large bills as a student can quickly cripple you financially if you’re supporting yourself. We’ve listed some of the main ways in which solar energy can benefit you as a student.
Having solar panels installed at your home can be an excellent investment. If you’re living in your own privately owned property you should have no problem getting solar panels installed, however, be careful if you are a tenant as you will need to have your landlord’s permission. There are many schemes across the U.S. promoting solar energy, which you may find useful to use if you need to get approval before having solar panels installed. Once installed, you will be able to generate a lot of the energy that your home uses, which will drastically cut your energy bills and enable you to be more self-sufficient. This is especially useful for those enrolled on home-based programs such as the online MSW from Rutgers Online.
Charging Your Devices
It’s not just heating and lighting your home that solar power can easily do – did you know that you can now get solar-powered charging gadgets for your smart devices? Whether you own an iPhone, Android phone, or prefer to use a tablet for browsing and staying in touch, keeping the battery full of juice can use up a lot of energy and highly contribute to your electricity bill. With solar-powered charging devices, you can at least save some energy on keeping your smartphone battery at 100%, even if you can’t get solar panels at home.
They may not be mainstream yet, but in the future, solar powered vehicles are certainly going to become much more popular. As the world searches for alternatives to gas when it comes to powering the vehicles on our roads, solar energy has made great steps forward, with solar buses helping to reduce the carbon footprint in China, solar racing cars are making headlines in Australia, and a solar-powered aircraft has already made its way around the world. Although you might not be able to get a solar car before you’ve graduated from your M.S.W. online, it’s certainly worth getting excited about.
Solar Home Heating
Heating your home or your student room can be an expensive experience. But, with a solar heating product such as a solar space heater, you can be warm and snug at home without having to worry about the size of your energy bill. Solar space heaters work by harnessing sunlight and converting it into thermal energy, without costing you a dime!
Solar energy is going to be huge in the future, so why not start saving money with it now!