Every time you turn around, there’s more in the news about going green. You have probably even met some fellow RVers out there finding ways to conserve energy and save a few bucks along the way. But what does it really mean? In Part 1 we will explore the many benefits of solar RVing. And stay tuned for Part 2 as we’ll dive into what it will take to transition into using solar panels on your adventures.
So what are the benefits of solar RVing?
You don’t have to be completely dependent on electric hookups
Seasoned RVers have probably experienced the frustration of getting a site with an electric hookup that is either faulty, prone to surges, or is not appropriate for your RV. With a solar panel system installed on your RV, you don’t have to worry about electric hookups anymore. You have the freedom to camp wherever you want, for extended periods, and still be able to enjoy using your electrical appliances.
You don’t have to rely on gas-powered generators
Generators are potential fire hazards and extremely noisy. The fumes emitted are very smelly and can be dangerous to inhale. Solar panels are safe, clean and have no moving parts. They work silently and you don’t have to buy expensive fuel to get them running.
Your power supply is free and limitless
You’ll have to invest in your RV’s solar panel equipment first; however, you can definitely recover your investment within a couple of years, and you can enjoy free energy for years to come.
You don’t have to worry about doing maintenance work on your solar panels
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance since there are no moving parts. A few times a year, the panels should be inspected for any dirt or debris that may collect on them.
You can earn a 30% tax credit
Under the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008, you can qualify to claim a 30% solar investment tax credit if you have solar panels installed on your RV anytime between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2016.
You can extend the life of your RV’s batteries
Batteries need to be recharged gradually and must not be allowed to discharge beyond 25% of its capacity. Solar panel systems can provide this gradual recharge. (Note: After batteries are charged, you may need to convert to a 110 VAC through an inverter to ensure there is enough power to run large appliances.
One of the top reasons we love to RV is the ability to appreciate the beauty of nature in our RV road trips. Using safe and sustainable energy to power our way while traveling is one of the best ways to keep this beauty alive and it gives a bit of self-satisfaction that we have done our share in preserving the environment. Your pocketbook will thank you too!