Installing Solar Panels on Your House
Installing solar panels on your house is one of the best ways to make your home more efficient and save you money on your monthly energy expenses. Solar power is one of the most popular, clean energy options available today. The power created from harvesting the energy of the sun is much less expensive then the energy purchased from your local energy supplier. With today’s economy, now is the best time to invest in installing solar panels on your house. But before you run out and purchase the first set of solar panels that you see, there are a few things you’ll need to consider before you start installing solar panels on your home.
The first step to installing solar panels on your house is to figure out how much energy your house requires per month. If your intention is to get completely “off the grid” you need an accurate figure as to how much energy you’re going to need to supplement. A lot of times this step is a real eye opener for people. Not ever knowing how much energy they where consuming on a regular basis, most people are shocked when they discover how much energy they are going to need to supply to meet their energy needs.
Many people are under the false impression that they need to purchase and install enough solar panels to cover all of their energy needs right from the start. The truth is that this isn’t the case. Start out by purchasing enough panels to cover just a small percentage of your energy needs. Once you know how much energy you’re using on a monthly basis simply figure out how many panels it would require to reduce your monthly energy bill by 25% or 50%.
Some people pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars a month to cover their energy costs. If you could reduce that expense by just 25% by simply installing solar panels on your house, you would be looking at a substantial monthly savings. Maybe start with enough panels to power your garage, then put away the money you save on energy until you have enough to invest in panels for your bedrooms, then your kitchen then on and on until you’ve successfully covered your energy needs.
The truth is that solar panels can be expensive. To cover all of the energy demands of a typical house you would be looking at a pretty good sized investment, maybe $30,000 to $50,000 depending on the panels. Even then it could be years until that investment pays for itself. But like I said there’s no reason you can’t just reduce your monthly energy bill by a couple hundred dollars a month. If you shop around and look for good deals, you may not spend much at all.
Another option to consider is a “Do It Yourself” program. There are several guides on the market that will walk you through, step by step in building your own solar panels for a fraction of the cost. Some people are even using these guides to build solar panels, then turn around and sell them for a profit. They also proclaim that you don’t have to be a skilled builder or electrician to build solar panels. If you’re considering installing solar panels on your house this may be a great way to go green and save money.
Whatever way you choose to go about installing solar panels on your house you will improve the energy efficiency of your home. But before you dive in take some time to consider the recommendations above. Realize that making a big investment right from the start, may not be the best move for you. Start slow and reinvest the savings until your solar power system pays for itself.