Our homes will soon generate their own power: building with solar bricks and solar roof tilesBut this isn’t something that only companies can do. Those who are environmentally conscious can leverage state-of-the-art tech solutions to make their homes more sustainable. If you ask us, that’s smart thinking. Some might think that ‘going green’ is just another tech fad that involves huge investments – it’s not. Not only will it drive down your electric bills, but you’ll also be able to sell excess power back to the power grid. And, on top of that, you can help mitigate climate change. Soon, your house will be more than a place you call home – it’ll be a mini ‘power plant’. So, how can this be done?The process of transforming a house into a power-generating station isn’t that different from redecorating your living room. But it is less stressful! In this case, you don’t have to worry about the latest trends in home design or whether something fits or not. Making your home sustainable is easier than ever! Technological solutions today are as attractive as they are affordable.Making your home sustainable is easier than ever! Technological solutions today are as attractive as they areAttractive solar roof tiles can satisfy all of your energy needs Today, anyone can own a mini ‘power plant’ A couple of months ago, tech giant Elon Musk introduced the new Tesla solar roof system. The system includes solar roof tiles, which are indistinguishable from regular roof tiles, and the optional Powerwall battery, which stores excess energy. For those who are wondering what’s so special about the new solar tiles, the answer is: everything. Apart from their ability to collect solar energy, two features stand out the most: their refined look and their durability. Tesla describes its new solar roof as an upgrade for your home, as something that “complements your home’s architecture while turning sunlight into electricity”.
The solar roof tiles are available in four options: the Tuscan Glass Tile, the Slate Glass Tile, the Textured Glass Tile, and the Smooth Glass Tile. And you can choose the one that best suits your home. Of course, it’s important that your house looks good, but if you’re concerned that the initial investment is a bit ‘too much’ – don’t be. You don’t have to cover your whole roof with power-generating tiles. If, for example, a part of your roof is always in the shade, that part can be covered with regular tiles of the same design. The size of the area of your roof that has to be covered with solar tiles depends on your energy needs as well. That means that the price is determined by how much of your roof is covered with power-generating tiles. For instance, if the typical American home buys 40 per cent solar tiles (meaning 40 per cent of the roof can generate power), together with the Powerwall battery, it would cost $43,700, Forbes reports. And it turns out that 40 per cent might be all you need to provide enough electricity for the household.
But there’s some great news for those who are thinking about covering larger roof surfaces with solar tiles. Having more solar tiles means generating more power, and the electricity that’s not used can be collected and stored using the Powerwall battery, which turns your house into a power-storage system. This means that, in the near future, you’ll be able to sell the energy you don’t need back to the power grid. What’s more, the Tesla tiles last forever! “Solar Roof tiles are more than three times stronger than standard roofing tiles, yet half the weight. They do not degrade over time like asphalt or concrete. [The] Solar Roof is the most durable roof available and the glass itself will come with a warranty for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first.” Durable and sustainable in-home power generators may require some investment, but that’s a future we’re looking forward to. We may not be able to repair all the damage done to the environment, but we can do our best to mitigate our own impact on it and help it to heal itself.