4 Things You Should Know When Making Your Household Energy Efficient
When it is time to make your home more energy efficient, you might think that opting for a renewable solar power system is a great idea. With the great hype around it, one might easily believe that it is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
While the buzz behind solar power plants is justified, you should still have a realistic approach to it. Be informed about what the solar power system can and cannot do. Before you opt for a solar power system to make your home energy efficient, take the following into consideration.
Evaluating Your Average Energy Consumption
Be aware of the total amount of energy you consume and waste. Do you leave the lights or your electronics on, even when you’re not using them? Do you have old fashioned home appliances that are not energy efficient?
You should be able to answer all these questions to properly gauge the total amount of energy you consume. This will allow you to calculate how you can save more energy. It will also help you determine how large of a solar power system you will require to meet your energy needs, particularly if your home is already energy efficient.
It Can Take Some Time
You might believe that once you have signed your name on the dotted line, you will get the solar power system installed and will be living off the grid in next to no time. But this isn’t true at all. Not only can it take some time for the installation to take place, it can also take some more time for you to be able to live self-sufficiently.
During the first few months, you might not be able to be independent of electric utility and only gain a few hours of renewable energy. Slowly, you will be able to gauge the total amount of energy that your system produces. Also, you will be able to evaluate properly if you’re making enough to enjoy off-grid living. In some instances, you might have to make some additions such as a bigger solar battery.
Make Sure Everything Is in Order
Before you get solar panels installed in your home, make sure that everything is in order. Since they are going to be on the roof, you will have to ensure that the roof is strong and sturdy enough to take the additional weight of these panels. Moreover, you might need a license, certification or permission from local authorities and homeowner associations prior to installation. Without these, you might not be able to have a solar power system fitted in your home.
Getting a solar power system helps you save money but how much also depends on where you are situated. For example, if you are in an area where the sun doesn’t shine much, your solar power system might not make as much solar energy that you need to live off the grid.
In some cases, it might not even be a good idea to opt for a solar panel system if you don’t get much sunlight. On the other hand, if you’re getting a good 7-8 hours of strong sunlight, you should definitely opt for a solar panel system. Aside from producing a good amount of renewable energy, it will also be a better investment in the long run.
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