Solar-powered homes are becoming more common with the rise of companies the promote the money-saving benefits of installing solar panels. Solar panels work by converting sunlight into electricity powering homes with a more cost-efficient option. Energy harnessed from the sun is endless and provides green energy sans greenhouse emissions. Cost and eco-friendly, solar panels prove to be the best choice.
Just with everything else, there are some things to consider before getting your home solar-powered. Here are 3 things to think about when getting solar panels for your new home.
Is the Roof Ready for It?
Once the solar panels are installed, they are there for good. Make sure that your roof is sturdy and will not need repairs. You will need to remove the panels to make those changes and that will take forever! Have your roof checked before installing.
The panels will also need to be cleaned and checked regularly every couple of months to check on the battery and make sure that all is working.
Is Everything Clear?
Solar-powered homes only work if the panels gets sunlight. The more the better. Make sure that the panels get direct love from the sun. Cut tall trees, install the panels where there is no share, and check what kind of panels you will be installing. Some panels will not store electricity at all if it is in the shade.
Look around you to see where your roof gets the most sunlight between 10 AM and 2 PM where the sun shines the brightest.
Is All That Panel Necessary?
If you live where it is sunny, then you won’t need as many panels compared to hazy places like Seattle, for example. You can check your electric bill to see how much energy your home requires. Then look at how much power a solar panel produces. According to the US Department of Energy, an average home about 30 kwH a day. So in a month that comes roughly to 900 kwH. A typical panel produces 120 watts. You can use this cost calculator to see how many panels you would need and the money you need to invest. Also, how much you’ll save!
One last thing to consider is the money involved in making the change. Is it something that you can afford to make now or will your current setup suffice. Perry Homes Southern Utah can give you some great on adding solar-power to your new home. Our contractors are well-versed in the pros and cons of installing solar panels and can help you get that decision making process easier.