If you know of one decision that would save you money, improve the value of your home and benefit the environment, you would choose it, wouldn’t you? That decision is already here. Installing solar panels provides you with a cost-saving alternative to standard electrical grid energy. Solar power is inexpensive, renewable energy, and environmentally friendly. It also increases the asking price of your home if you need to move. Best of all, the switch to solar energy is a lot easier than you might think.
Get to know solar energy
Solar energy panels absorb rays from the Sun that are then converted into electricity. The panels are installed on the roof of your house where they have the greatest direct contact with the Sun’s rays. They are also connected to your home’s existing wiring so they can power the devices throughout your house. The more solar panels you have installed, the more efficiently the solar power works for you. Most homes need 20 to 30 solar panels for the best results.
Solar energy can be used throughout the year. This is true during cloudy days and through the night. As part of your solar panel installation, your installer will make sure the solar panels are connected to batteries that can store energy to be used even when there is no direct sunlight.
The benefits of solar power
There are two primary benefits to using solar power. The first is the impact on the environment. Solar energy is a renewable resource. Using solar power does not deplete fossil fuels. It does not create harmful emissions. Solar energy does not in any way contribute to pollution on the planet.
The second benefit to using solar panels is the cost savings. The initial investment can be recouped in about five to eight years because the overall cost of your monthly utility bill is significantly lowered. There are other economic benefits as well. Those who live in British Columbia may be able to take advantage of rebates and tax credits. Alberta residents might receive a one-time rebate as well.
Choosing the right solar panels
Before you install solar panels on your home you need to make sure you choose the right ones. This is a choice that is best left to experts. The company that handles your solar panel installation should be able to advise you on which solar panels to purchase. In most cases, solar panel installers will recommend crystalline silicon panels. These are more expensive than thin-film panels, but they are sturdier and perform much better than their counterparts.
The solar panel installer will consider the location of your home when suggesting with panels to purchase. They will determine the amount of sunlight your home sees. They will also ask how much energy you use and how much you wish to offset with the solar panels.
The solar energy installation process
Switching to solar energy means hiring a professional to perform all installations for you. There are some online resources that show you how to install your solar panels. No amount of online tutorials will prepare you enough to carry out such an arduous job unless you are an expert with significant training. You must have all installations done by a certified solar installer or a master electrician. These are the only individuals who have the training needed to ensure the solar panels are effective.
In addition to the install, the company you hire should offer maintenance services. They will be available if you have any issues with the solar panels. It is important to have access to an expert who can answer any questions you have.
Reap the rewards
You will begin seeing an immediate reduction in the amount of electricity you use once the solar panels are installed. Your first utility bill should be much smaller. This will continue as long as you live in your home with properly functioning solar panels.