Having your own home solar power system can be quite an advantage these days. Solar systems (a.k.a. Photovoltaic or PV systems) can give you protection from fluctuating and constantly rising energy prices. PV systems can also reduce your total electric bills significantly and need we mention the huge environmental benefits it offers?
Interested in setting up your own home PV system? Before you buy solar panel devices (a.k.a. photovoltaic or PV panels) and equipment do take note of the following six (6) important tips:
Tip No.1: Do an Energy Audit on Your House
It pays to know how much power your house uses. This will help you determine the type of PV system that would work to meet your household power needs. Click here to learn how to do a comprehensive energy audit on your home.
Tip No.2: Consider Making your Home More Energy-Efficient
You should also think about making your own house energy-efficient. This includes using energy-saving appliances, replacing incandescent bulbs with CFLs, patching air-leakages and improving insulation to minimize air-conditioning and heating costs.
Tip No.3: Shop and Compare Suppliers
You can save hundreds when you buy solar panel components by shopping around and comparing suppliers. The Internet is a good resource to get you started.
Tip No.4: Know the Type of Solar Panels that Suits You
The two most-commonly used types of solar or PV panels are Monocrystalline Panels and Polycrystalline Panels. The first is more expensive but has the highest sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency. The latter is cheaper but is slightly less-efficient. Those with space-constraints can go with the first, while the latter is more budget-friendly.
Tip No.5: Government and State Incentives Help Reduce Costs
Both the federal and state governments are actively promoting solar power technology. A lot of incentives are available when you buy solar panel systems. The Department of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency or DESIRE can help you find local, state, and government incentives available.
Tip No.6: Check for Certification and Warranties
Make sure you are buying from certified suppliers. This is necessary if you will claim for rebates and incentives on PV systems and other kinds of renewable energy alternatives.