If you are thinking about using solar energy in your home or business, then you need to keep reading. There is much to consider, and you want to be fully aware of your path as you move forward. You want to know the benefits, and you want to know what to look out for as you devise your plan.
If you are thinking about using solar power in your home, you must consider how much direct sunlight your home is actually exposed to. In order for solar energy to be worth it, your roof should have full sun exposure a minimum of 6 hours every day. You should also be wary of any areas of your roof covered by shade.
Two categories of solar panels are available. Mono-crystalline panels are the more efficient and more expensive choice. Poly-crystalline panels cost less and produce less. It is better to buy the most efficient products you can afford when going with solar energy.
If you don’t want to or can’t go for full solar power, at least consider a solar water heating system. Many regional and community governments offer financial incentives, rebates and tax credits for even doing this, just like they do for full solar installations. Check with your local government before doing anything to know the perks.
Take the time to look at the numbers before deciding to invest in solar energy. Determine if you will be saving money over the course of the year with them. Rushing into solar energy without doing your homework may lead to a nasty surprise.
One of the major benefits of solar energy is that it is renewable. The sun (generally) shines each and every day, and there is no reason to worry that drawing power from the sun will somehow render it unusable in the future. Using solar energy, therefore, is a safe and reliable way to power the Earth.
Be sure mountings on solar energy panels are engineer certified for your area. For instance, if if you’re in an area that gets frequent cyclones, the mountings need to be cyclone rated. High-quality systems will be wind certified to ensure they don’t blow away in a huge wind storm. Mounting is an important part of the system and not all suppliers regard them that way. Stay alert when buying your system to make sure they have proper certifications.
Solar power can be one way to live “off the grid” but you don’t have to be off the grid to use a solar powered system. You can disconnect and be independent. You will no longer have a bill rolling in each month or need to schedule an appointment to set up power when you switch houses.
Outdoor lighting fixtures can be completely powered by solar energy. Search for outdoor fixtures that collect energy from the sun during the day and release it after dark. While these fixtures do not require a lot of energy, these systems are very convenient because there are no electrical wires to run or short out.
Panels have to face the sun to draw power. Remember that the energy comes from the sun, so naturally you will want to put your panels in an area that gets ample sun exposure.
Do you have a pool? You could save a lot by investing in solar panels. There are small solar energy systems designed to power a water heater or a water pump and since you only use your pool during the warmer months, your panels will work perfectly when you need them.
You should feel better prepared to start concocting your solar energy plan to help the environment and save yourself some money. With the tips that have been discussed, you should now feel like you have what you need to get started. Use the advice you’ve learned, and you will be reaping benefits sooner than later.