When it comes to going green, there are a lot of options. Not only are there now a lot of solar panels for sale, but you also have to decide where you want to install them, the best setup for your house, to have them installed professionally or to do it yourself, etc. It can be a bit overwhelming.
The good news is that as solar panels are getting cheaper and cheaper. Th options for solar panels are also increasing giving you more options to suit your needs. Doing even just a quick search for solar panels on Amazon brings up over 6,800 options in different price ranges.
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Think about your needs
Are you looking to just save a little money on your electric bill each month or are you looking to get rid of it all together and be more dependent. You also need to consider your house, your landscape, and the climate. How many hours of sunlight do you get each day? What kind of house do you have and on what kind of terrain.
If your house is located on flat land, where the sun hits everywhere, then it will probably be easier (and cheaper) to mount the solar panels on the ground rather than on the house. However, if you live in the hills or mountains where the sunlight doesn’t hit for as long, then you may need to mount them on your home, or wherever they will get the most sunlight.
Climate is obviously another important aspect to consider. The amount of power that your solar panels generate is directly related to how much direct sunlight they get. If you live in a predominantly cloudy area, you will either need more solar panels, more efficient solar panels, or you may need to think about alternatives such as wind, water, etc.
What can you change
In addition to just getting energy from solar panels, you may also want to consider what energy you can stop using. Is there a better way to run your AC or heater. I was able to produce a solar heater using nothing but soda cans and some wood. You could use lower wattage lights and appliances. Not only will this save how much energy you use, but it lowers the number of solar panels you will need.
Find out how many watts of power you use, when you use the most power, and also how many solar panels you will need. This is the time to start researching individual solar panels and finding out their benefits. Cheap solar panels don’t cost as much, but they may also not provide as much electricity. Also find out what kind of refunds or discounts you can get from the government. There are a lot of green programs now days, and with the right paperwork you might be able to get your house running off solar panels without much money out of pocket.
You’ll also want to find out what companies sell panels and offer installation in your area. There are a lot companies selling solar panels online, but if you are planning to have them installed for you, it might be better to buy the panels from that company. Find out what your options are.
Professional installation or DIY
This all depends on what kind of person you are and what your budget is. If you can get the government to pay for your solar panels, then I say have it installed professionally (unless you want some kind of special setup. You are are looking to go the least expensive route, then you will want to think about doing the installation yourself. There are even guides that show you how to purchase slightly damaged panels at the fraction of the cost and work basically just the same.
I tend to be a DIY when I have the option. I guess I just don’t like to spend money when I can help it and I actually enjoy doing the work.
How much are you paying for electricity?
The higher it goes the easier choosing solar panels gets. And remember, it will keep going up. The longer you wait the more money you will loose. Summer is almost here. Don’t loose all of that valuable light.