Solar energy technology is at the point where it is affordable for private home and the materials are more commonly available. This is something that can be beneficial both for the environment as well as your finances. What might be some things to consider?
The initial cost of solar panels and the installation can be quite high, but it will not take long for the investment to pay for itself. You might even be able to take advantage of net metering, that is, receiving a credit for power you return to the power grid. This is something that public utility companies are required to provide on request. Installing solar power can even make you eligible for a tax credit in some states.
Another nice advantage of solar power is that is isn’t dependent on anything external to keep providing power. Neither natural disasters, terrorism or the breakdown of the power company will affect your electricity.