Following A Greener Path: What You Must Understand About Solar Power
The promise of solar energy is something that far too many individuals have overlooked in recent years. However, the simple cure for that situation is knowledge. By spending some time acquiring detailed information about what solar energy can do for you, it is possible to start making smart decisions about concrete ways in which solar energy can improve your life.
Talk to your local government about doing any major solar installations in your home or business. You want to be properly permitted and within building, zoning and construction codes and regulations. However, you may also discover tax credits, rebates and other financial incentives. They may also have data and information about how well certain solar technologies work in your area.
Not every solar panel is created equally. Always buy from a reputable dealer that has been in business for a number of years. The solar energy marketplace is littered with businesses that do not succeed. Make sure the company you buy from will be around if you need help or have problems with your system.
Leasing a solar system is an option if up-front costs are prohibitive. In the long run, buying a solar energy system is always the better option, however leasing can still result in lower bills overall. Leasing a system will let you take advantage of the energy savings right away, however be aware that you can be stuck with your contract for up to 10 years.
If you are thinking about having a solar system installed, make sure that your home or business is suited for it. Sometimes the layout of the roof will not accommodate the proper angle for maximum energy production. Talk to more than one company to ensure the contractor is being honest about your solar situation.
If you've installed panels, keep an eye on the inverter. A solid green light is what you want to see. Call your technician if you see some blinking lights or notice some lights are off. Unless you are an expert, you may be unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. A visit from a technician should be free if you bought panels with a 25-year warranty, which is common.
Consider changing out your windows when you install a solar energy system. Installing energy efficient windows will help your home be easier to heat and cool, maximizing your energy savings. Since you will now be providing your own power, it is a good idea to save energy wherever you can.
Review how much energy you use each day. Prior to investing in solar energy, you should be aware of how much energy is needed to power your home. This is important to choose the right size solar energy system. Go back over the entire year to see how your energy usage changes throughout the seasons.
The best time to incorporate solar power into the design of a home or building is in the initial construction. Windows are best facing south to let maximum sunlight (hence greenhouse heat) in during the winter. Likewise, avoid windows facing directly into the summertime sun to keep things cooler, so less power is needed for fans or air conditioning. The maximum roof space, however, should always get sunlight exposure.
If you lease solar panels to save the upfront costs, check the contract for the possibility of transferring the lease. If you sell your home or building that panels are installed in within the lease period, you want to be able to legally transfer the lease to the new owners of the property.
Buying a small solar panel system is better than not having one at all. For many people, it is far too expensive to install a system that would power their entire home, but starting small is better than not doing anything. There are many options out there when it comes to size, so check them out.
Keep your solar panels out of the shade. It might seem obvious, but your solar panels do need sun. Make sure that you are not installing them in the shade. Trim back the branches on surrounding trees if you need to. Failing to do so could cost you more than half your energy output.
Set up time every few years to clean the areas around your solar panels. These panels don't take a lot of maintenance, but you want to upkeep the area around them so that you lower the potential for issues. Clean out leaves, remove any debris, and test all of the fittings to make sure all is well.
People often worry about space for solar panels or the panels becoming eye sores. However, most solar heating systems only require two to four meters of roof space and solar electric panels not much more. On top of this, panels can be designed to match your roof and blend in much better.
If the roof of your home has too much shade, no amount of sunshine will help your solar system. If a solar company claims you can still obtain a lot of power from panels that are blocked from direct sunlight, do not do business with them. This isn't true.
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