With the cost of energy going up as well as concerns about the energy resources we are using, now is the time to invest in an alternate source of energy supply. Solar panels are an easy, affordable alternative energy supply and the depending on the size of your system, you can use it to light as well as heat your home. The solar panel works by absorbing energy from the sun using photovoltaic cells.
Let’s have a look at the advantages of using solar energy. By installing solar panels you are not only reducing your energy bills but are also actively doing something to help our environment. Having solar panels installed is a sound investment because they increase the value of your home.
Check to see whether your situation is suitable for solar panel installation first. First see whether your home is in the optimal position. Ideally your roof should be south facing but if you have an east west roof that gets a good amount of sunlight then this is fine. It is important that the sun can reach your solar panels without any major obstructions such as large trees or an adjacent building. If you are concerned that your roof isn’t ideally located, you may want to think about getting a ground-mounted solar system installed.
Once you have identified a suitable position, you can get down to costing the entire project. When looking for quotes make sure they are for the panels themselves as well as for installation. The government should have solar energy incentive programmes which may be worth your while looking into. Next you will need to choose whether you will be using your solar system for water heating only or for a more extensive general power supply. If you choose the latter, you should save a fair amount on your general electricity bills. It is a good idea to calculate the costs of installing a solar system against the overall savings you will see from having it.
Contact your solar energy consultant and solar installer for more advice on which solar system will work best for your needs and budget.