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7 tips for buying solar panels for homes

Elvis Elvis

I have seen many of my friends who felt buying solar panels for homes were a geeky thing to do until they bought one themselves. Of course there is a learning curve involved in understanding solar panels and deciding the best panels for your needs. But trust me it’s nothing geeky at all.

I believe, as a responsible home owner you should at the least give a careful look to the option of implementing solar energy systems at your home. There are many advantages associated with it. For starters you will be saving a lot of money that you would otherwise spend towards electricity bill month after month. Then think of all the contribution you will be making towards preserving the quality of environment by using a renewable and clean source of energy like solar energy.

One of the drawbacks which in my opinion, holds people back from going all out and using solar panels for homes is the high initial set up cost. But then with so many incentives, subsidies and tax relaxations that most state governments are coming up with, I don’t see the high cost to be much of a concern.

Well. Now that you know you should be looking at using solar energy for your home let’s have a look at how to go about buying solar panels for homes.

Buying Solar Panels for Homes

Here are certain tips that you will find helpful while buying solar panels

1)    The first thing you must consider is the location of your house. The idea behind getting the maximum benefit out of your solar panels is to expose them to as much of direct sunlight as possible. If you are located at a place where you do not receive a significant amount of sunlight throughout the year then investing in high cost solar panels may not be economically feasible as the payback time can increase drastically. However if you get a generous supply of sunlight in your region then there’s a great opportunity for you to benefit from solar panels.

7 tips for buying solar panels for homes

2)    The next big thing that you must look at is the architecture of your roof. For example in most part of America we get to see the Sun in the Southern Hemisphere for most part of the year. Therefore it is beneficial if your roof is south facing as that will expose the roof mounted solar panels to maximum amount of direct sunlight.

3)    Plan your alternative energy source for days with less sunshine and nights. For nights you may look at the electricity from the grid or batteries as a viable option.

4)    Calculate the square foot area of the roof on which you would want your solar panels to be installed. To do this first find out your per day energy consumption in KWH. Once you have done that have a look around at the various solar panels commercially available. You should be able to figure out the power generating capacity of the panels per installed square feet area. Now divide your power requirements by the power generation capacity per sq ft. of the panels for homes to get the required area of panel installation.

5)    Now that you have figured out your minimum energy requirement per sq ft. you will find it a lot easier to select the right panels. Look for good panels in nearby shops. Always remember that as a thumb rule new panels are better than old ones. Panels of different brands and make will vary in terms of their efficiency. Usually you will find more the capacity higher the price. Therefore make your decision by having a trade off between your energy requirement and budget.

6)    Please make sure that you take professional help while installing solar panels for homes. This is an intensive technical process that needs expert handling. Therefore please don’t be penny pinching at this stage. Proper installation will pay off big time.

7)    While planning you purchases keep an eye on various incentive schemes extended by the government to encourage usage of solar energy.