Before taking the leap of installing solar panels on your home, you may be asking yourself; ‘What are some solar energy alternatives on market today?’

As it turns out, there are multiple ways that your wallet can benefit from solar energy. Here are some of the most popular alternatives to solar panels:

1) Solar Lights 

These lights are usually shaped like lanterns with tiny solar panel-like receptors on top. Most need to be charged on a daily basis, so they will need to be taken outside and kept in a spot that receives adequate sunlight. After dark, you can bring these lanterns inside in order to light up your home. Unfortunately, they tend to be small and not generate much light. But it’s a simple and easy way to shave a bit off of your energy bill each month. Check out American Energy and Solar (AES) Solar Calculator to see how much solar panels could save you each month.

2) Sun Tunnels 

If you are completely off grid and still looking for a way to bring some light into some of the darker spots of your home, a sun tunnel might be what you are looking for. They are similar to tiny skylights but much easier and cost-effective to install. These tunnels connect your home to the outside world and can surprisingly light up medium-to-large size rooms fairly well. Even if you aren’t completely off grid, nothing brightens up a room more than the natural glow of solar power.

3) Solar Shingles 

Solar shingles are very similar to solar panels, however they are a bit thinner and tend to take up less surface area on your roof. Some say this is a more aesthetically pleasing option when compared to solar panels, however, it comes with a hefty price tag, costing anywhere between $60,000 – $75,000. That’s around four times greater than the average cost of solar panels. Also, because these shingles actually become part of your home, they are not as mobile and easily transferable as solar panels.

4) Solar Ovens

Solar Ovens use heat from the sun to cook your food. And yes, it has shown to cook your food just as good as your standard oven!

These ovens are available in different sizes and intensities. In general Solar Ovens are cost effective and practical, able to cook your food to 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit.

5) Solar Air Conditioning 

As the name suggests, Solar Air Conditioners use solar panels to gather solar energy to run for hours. These appliance types also come in different sizes and intensities.

Before purchasing, make sure you do your due diligence and research. If you don’t use ACs a lot, this may not be a cost-effective option for you. But if your bills are high because of using ACs excessively, then this may be a quality alternative for you.

6) Solar Water Heater

Many are shocked when they realize how much heating water adds to your bill. Since heating water is quite expensive, investing in a solar-powered water heater may be a great benefit to you.

The type of heater uses the sun’s radiation and converts it into energy with the help of a solar  The sun heats the water which is stored in the storage tank.

There are many different solar energy alternatives you can choose if you are interested in solar energy and solar power. There are both pros and cons to each option which makes the best option for you completely subjective. As a customer, you need to ask yourself what you really want from your solar energy in order to make an informed decision that you and your family will be happy with.

How much you can save each month, and whether solar panels are right for you can vary drastically depending on the area you live. For example, Las Vegas solar power can be an amazing investment due to the direct sunlight and very few cloudy or rainy days. If you are interested in learning just how much money solar panels can save you, and you live in the Las Vegas area, American Energy and Solar can help you with that. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you.

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Who We Are

American Energy and Solar (AES) is a Las Vegas based consumer-focused aggregator of renewable energy and finance.

Through AES’s proprietary Energy Freedom Program, we have created a comprehensive residential energy package that flips traditional solar financing to truly benefit the consumer.

In other words, we take advantage of todays historically low interest rates, and couple your home’s existing loan with the total of your solar system installment. The result is a lower monthly mortgage payment and a non-existent energy bill. All at $0 down. More over, you get to keep your 26% cash rebate for your solar system installation. While most companies would take your rebate for their profit, AES wants to keep your money in your pocket!  No hidden costs or fees!

Interested in seeing how much you could save? Try out AES’ custom Mortgage and Solar Calculator for more!

AES uses NABCEP certified solar professionals with decades of experience to facilitate your installation. We use A tier equipment that is backed by industry-leading warranties and certifications. AES believes that having licensed and experienced professionals that understand the comprehensive nature of rewiring an entire home is a must. AES believes that having licensed and certified master electricians, that understand the comprehensive nature of rewiring an entire home, is a must. Our team is dedicated to the finest solar installation from start to finish to ensure that the customer is given a product that is both aesthetically and functionally perfect.

Let’s go solar and save you money. Feel free to contact our experts for more information or check out AES’s Contact Page to learn more!