Are You Thinking About Switching To Solar Energy?

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Schmitt

Solar panels are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners. If you are interested in switching to solar energy, you should take a few minutes to read this article.

Start by assessing the resources available to you. You should know that the production of energy will not be optimal if there are a few clouds in the sky. If you live in an area where the skies are not always clear or if your roof is covered in snow during the winter, solar energy is not the best option for you. You should explore other forms of clean energy instead. The best place for solar energy is the southwestern United States or any other place with a similar weather. If you live in an area where solar energy is a good option, you will notice some houses with solar panels, and there should be a good number of vendors where you live. Keep in mind that you can improve your exposure to the sun by cutting down some trees on your property.

You should then assess how much energy you need and try cutting down on your energy consumption by improving your insulation and replacing your appliances with newer models. Get an energy monitor to keep track of how much energy you use in a day. Your energy needs will determine what kind of solar panels you need and how many panels you should get. Getting a large number of solar panels means you will produce more energy. Reducing your energy consumption might allow you to get a couple less solar panels and cut down on costs.

Take the time to compare different products before you purchase your solar panels. Photovoltaic are a popular option among homeowners because they are affordable and easy to maintain. There are two kinds of photovoltaic panels: mono-crystalline and polycrystalline. Polycrystalline panels are the most affordable but some of the energy produced is lost while it is transferred through the panel wiring because there are so many separate cells. Mono-crystalline panels are slightly more expensive but panels are made out of blended cells, which makes the panels more efficient because no energy is lost. There is also the thin film technology which is much more expensive but also a lot more efficient. Thin film panels are light, flexible and very easy to install, which makes them ideal if the roof of your house does not have a traditional shape or cannot sustain the weight of photovoltaic panels. 

If you cannot afford a full-scale system, you should consider getting a couple of photovoltaic panels to power one of your appliances. You will find a lot of vendors offering solar-powered water heaters, water pumps for your swimming pools, solar-powered outside lights and even generators and battery chargers. Using solar energy to power a few appliances is a good way to reduce your monthly bills, and you will benefit from your investment much more quickly than if you were to invest in a full-scale system.

Assess your resources, your needs and your budget before you contact a solar panel vendors. Take the time to research different products and technologies to make sure you get the best panels on the market.

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