Have you been thinking about turning your home into a solar energy powered home? If so, there are some useful tips in this article that will help you get a solar energy system.
What kind of solar energy system you get all depends on your home. All home owners use different amounts of energy to power the items in their homes, so a usage estimate must be performed. Look at every appliance in your home and check the wattage for each of these devices. Determine how many hours these items are used during the day. This information will help you determine how much power your home consumes on under normal conditions on a daily basis and give you a figure to give an energy consultant so they can provide you with a system that has enough panels with a large enough size for your needs. Without this information, you might be sold a system that can’t fully power your home and you’ll be left in the dark, literally.
Never purchase a solar energy system that doesn’t have certification.
When purchasing items, cost and quality are key, and this same rule applies to solar energy systems. Many people try to get the cheapest solar energy system imaginable or get the cheapest installation, thinking that they are saving money in the beginning. Initially it may appear that they are saving money, but they’ll face expensive charges and frustration in the long run. Buying cheap solar energy systems can be disastrous, as the parts are poorly made, and most of the time can’t stand up to intense weather conditions, meaning that they could blow away easily in the event of a storm. Cheap systems are also prone to failure and will need constant repair, or need to be replaced all together. A cheap installation can cause the same problems, and often when there is a cheap installation, there is a short warranty, or no warranty at all, leaving you to fit the bill for repairs.
Never purchase a solar energy system that doesn’t have certification. Uncertified systems are not proven to be fit for use. This means that the parts could malfunction, or they could face trouble at the first sign of weather trouble. There are some companies that will offer their own certification, but this is not good enough, as their certification could be a complete lie, made just so that you can buy their products. Look for government certification on these products. Products with government certification have been inspected and proven to be usable. Those with government certified equipment may also get rebates for their purchases.
Don’t neglect the power inverter for your solar energy system. The power inverter is a device that converts DC power from the panels into AC power that can be used by the devices in our house. Without the inverter, your home won’t be able to access the power your system absorbs and stores. Power inverters differ between solar energy systems and sellers, creating some that are more efficient than others. Look for an inverter that offers an optimum efficiency level before buying a system. An efficient inverter converts energy in less time and wastes less energy as heat during the conversion process. If you can, stay away from generic inverters.
Use the information in this article to your advantage. Make the change to solar energy and enjoy free energy for years to come.