What Is Green Engineering?
Green engineering revolves around practicing engineering with an awareness of environmental problems. It aims to reduce waste, manage materials usage, enhance products, and, more importantly, prevent pollution.
Most of us are only familiar with construction engineers and architects. Take your attention to other industries. There are more of them than you thought, for instance, Geodetic Engineers, Food Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Computer Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, and many more.
Hence, you can see green engineers in various fields, such as product design, distribution, manufacturing, land-use plotting, city planning, supply chain management, and architectural planning.
How Is Integrating Solar Panels In Green Engineering Important?
As we know, fossil fuels and nuclear power plants produce vast amounts of toxic waste that are harmful to us. Environmentalists, including green engineers, support renewable energy sources like solar, wind, water, and geothermal.
Thus, green engineering in the construction industry introduced solar panels. The solar panel is a device invented to convert solar power into electrical energy, and it is one way of utilizing energy without relying on power plants. To elaborate more on its significance, here are some advantages of solar panels integrated with green engineering.
1. Provides Tax Incentives From The Government
Some states and governments offer incentives to communities, community members, and companies that use sustainable energy. For instance, in Canada, installing solar panels comes with perks. Ontario solar incentives, for example, offer to improve energy efficiency, install rooftop solar panels, and provide up to $5,600 to complete your Home Energy Audit with the help of the Greener Homes Grant.
It is just one of many credits and rebates for integrating solar panels with your construction and architectural plans. Green engineers also consider these incentives when presenting their projects to their clients. If you plan on going solar, consult your architect and engineer and find out if they do integrated solar services.
2. Lessen Electric Bill
One of the best perks of integrating solar panels into your construction plan is reducing your electric bill. The stored solar energy during the day can cover pretty much most of the primary electrical consumption you have in the household. Also, imagine if there is a power outage, and you have electricity on standby without worrying about the extra cost. Thus, it can also be an excellent complement to generators.
You have to think about it in the long term. Though it seems expensive on paper— the future effect has more weight than the cost you would pay today.
3. It gives You Access To Inexhaustible Energy Sources
Having solar panels allows you to contribute to environmental preservation. Global warming and climate change has been an ongoing battle for humanity. Hence, the invention of solar panels is just one among many other innovations which aim to help lessen its harmful effects.
Remember, solar energy is inexhaustible. It never runs out, and you only need a way to store it. Thus, the purpose of solar panels. Remember to position your panels carefully. It should be in the line of a path where the sun rises and sets, east to west. You can also concentrate the number of panels in a position where it captures the sun at its peak, the noon.
It might not be sunny every day, but there’s no need to worry since the sunlight is still out there, even on cloudy days. You have every day to hope for the sun to shine. As the saying goes, “…save up for the rainy days….”
4. Helps The Environment In General
Let us talk about the positive effect of solar panels on the environment in general. The world built power plants to generate electricity, which operate with high carbon emissions, contributing significantly to the accumulation of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere—making the planet warmer than it should be. It also advances the melting of the ice caps resulting in rising sea levels.
With the use of solar panels, we will draw less energy consumption from these power plants and will gradually lessen carbon emissions. Every little act to save the environment matters, and add to that the countless endeavours of planting more trees. Do your little part by integrating solar panels as part of engineering your homes and establishments.
5. Improves Your Financials
Electrical bill allocation is quite a considerable chunk of our budget. Sometimes, we allocate more to it than other monthly expenses. How do you solve this dilemma? What is it that can help you lessen your electrical bill? The answer is solar panel integration.
As expensive as it may seem, solar panels are an investment, and the construction cost will definitely have you thinking if it is worth the try. However, those who did try have enjoyed the improvement in their financials in the long run.
Their bill went down, thus, allowing them to allocate more budget to other monthly expenditures. Some would even have an almost zero on their account. It will enable them to put that budget into savings and emergency funds.
Solar panel integration in green engineering is a favourable option for people considering the future. It means preparing for the worst-case scenarios and, at the same time contributing to the benefit of the environment.
See yourself two to three years ahead. You have your solar panels up and running, your electrical bill is at the lowest compared to previous years, and your mind is at peace knowing you have done your part in helping diminish the effects of global warming and climate change. Think about it.