The easiest way to reduce your electricity bill with renewable energy is to tap into the limitless potential of solar energy. However, solar panels installation can be a frustrating, costly exercise if you’re not careful. To help you avoid your solar upgrade becoming a major problem for your family, here are some installation and preparation tips.
Before You Install Solar Power
Before considering solar panels installation, first consider the factors that go into choosing a solar system and the cost of that installation. For the average home, operating on moderate electricity use, a solar system will cost about $9 per watt of production. If you use a lot of electricity but your bills are not that big already, this will be a major expense. Find additional information at these roofing tips.
Some regions, such as the Pacific Northwest already operate on relatively low electricity costs due to the use of renewable energy like Hydroelectric power. The cost of installing solar panels would far outweigh the benefits.
However, in other regions, such as the northeast where coal and gas are used to produce electricity, prices continue to rise year after year, and solar power is becoming an ever more viable option.
The Basics of Solar Panels Installation
Once you’ve decided how much electricity you need from your solar panels and whether the economics work out for your family, it’s time to start installing your panels. You’ll need a few parts first, including:
• Solar Panels
• Mounting Brackets
• Charge Controller
• Grounding Tools
• Junction Boxes
• Overcurrent Protection
Unfortunately, if you were looking for a weekend project, solar panels installation is a relatively complex, time consuming process, if only because of the complexity of electrical systems. Before you can truly start installation, you will also need to acquire whatever permits your local municipality requires. In some cases, you may need regular inspection to observe the installation process, or you may be required to hire a contractor.
The panels themselves should ideally be placed on your roof at a forty-five degree angle facing south. A southern exposure is best to optimize the amount of sunlight they receive throughout the year. In the winter especially a northern exposure will result in very little absorbance.
The batteries and generator are not completely necessary unless you plan on disconnecting your home from the power grid completely. In this case, you’ll need to back-up the power you’re generating from your panels. When the sun isn’t out, those batteries will provide backup power to your home, and when the batteries start to run dry, your generator can kick in and recharge the battery.