There are a lot of reasons for wanting to switch your homes energy to solar panels. Getting rid of your energy bill, gaining independence from the local energy company, saving the environment, and getting power to a remote area are all good reasons, but it can all be a bit overwhelming, and you will certainly have a lot of questions. Where can I buy them? How much will they cost? Will they work in my area? How much power will they make? Where can I put them? Are there rebates and government programs available to lower the cost?
The internet is a great source of information, but it does have one problem: too much information. It can be difficult to find the right information and to tell if you are getting good information at all. Installing solar panels on houses, RVs, and now cars has just recently gone mainstream and there are a lot of false rumors that go a long with that. The “my friend’s friend” kind of thing.
On top of that, there are now more solar panels for sale than ever before. We are seeing solar panel companies come out of just about everywhere to get in on the profits in the industry. It is great that there are more options, but choosing the right solar panels and solar panel system for your house can be a bit confusing.
So what should you do?
First, read up. There is a lot of great info on the web, but don’t pass over books either. A few dollars spent on some good books might save you a lot when you buy the solar system for your home. Below, is a link to a free PDF put out by the US Department of Energy.
Once you have a basic understanding of what you want and need, get out and talk to your local solar companies and your local government. You will gain a lot of info and it should help you decide what solar panels you want to buy, what company you want to use, how much electricity you will needs, etc. You should also learn if there are any government programs that will lower the cost of installing solar panels.