Solar energy is one of the greatest sources of power available. You can power your home with solar energy when you read the following tips.
The key to getting a good solar energy system is to know your seller. Since the increase in popularity in solar power, many sellers have arisen, creating a difference in price and quality with them. Many sellers will try to compete with each other by offering cheap deals on systems and using cheap parts to make a profit. Check any system seller for reviews and references. A simple review of word of mouth information could mean the difference between you getting a good system, and you getting a bad system that you’ll have to replace with another system in the future. Pay attention to contracts and certifications as well.
Believe it or not, the process of getting a solar energy system begins before the system is installed.
Some people who get a solar energy system opt to lease a system rather than buying one. Initially there is an advantage, as the installation cost is generally cheaper than a permanent system, meaning that home owners can break even. While this may be enticing, there is one catch that many home owners don’t consider. The lease requires home owners to sign a contract, which can last 10 years or more. If home owners decide that they don’t want the system anymore after a year or less, they can’t get rid of it because they’re locked into a contract. Buying a permanent system may not be for everyone, but be certain that you want to agree to a lease before signing up. It may be worth it just to buy a permanent system.
Believe it or not, the process of getting a solar energy system begins before the system is installed. If you want to get the most efficiency and energy from your system, you must make sure that your home is already operating at its maximum efficiency. If you already have energy efficient appliances, you have a head start, but even if you don’t there are still some ways to make the home more efficient. Install insulation in your home to trap heated and cooled air. Install double glazed windows and seal cracks to trap air as well. When cooled or heated air is trap in your home, you won’t need to use as much energy to heat or cool your home, as air won’t be lost.
Once a solar energy system is installed, it becomes a part of your home. Just like anything else in your home, the system will require regular maintenance in order for it to work properly. In this case, the panels will require maintenance. When the panels are operating at their maximum, they provide enough energy to power a house. Unfortunately, over time dirt and dust will accumulate on the panels, reducing the amount of sunlight they can collect and reducing their efficiency. Clean the panels once a month to keep their efficiency high and to keep the system working properly.
Solar energy is a wonderful power source, so prepare to use it with your home. You’ll love what it can offer you and how much you’ll save.