It is summer and electricity bill is through the roof. It is the right time to switch to solar energy and cut down on your electricity bill. It addition to the saving, you can cut down on your carbon footprints and contribute towards controlling greenhouse emissions.
How does a solar panel work?
Solar panels are made up of Photovoltaic (PV) cells, these cells convert sunlight into electricity. The solar panels used for homes are made up of several modules, with each modules made up of 40 solar cells. An average home will need anywhere between 10 to 20 such solar panels. The energy created is 100% green without resulting in any environmental harm like, water logging, pollution or emission.
What are the benefits of solar power?
For a long time solar energy was used only by those people who wanted to contribute to environmental protection, as the break even point of installing solar panels was very high. With falling costs of solar panel and improvement in technology, The U.S. Department of Energy says that most solar electric systems today usually pay for themselves in three to four years. In addition to this, there are several federal and state incentives, tax credits and utility rebates (not only in the US, several countries around the world offer subsidies) to make installing solar panels more profitable. The average life of a solar panel is around 30 years, and installing it can substantially increase the value of your home. Finally it is not just about money, your action will directly impact our environment in a positive way.
Choosing the Right Solar Panel:
There are two types of solar panels available commercially: the thin film panel and the crystalline silicon panel. Thin film panels are cheaper, however they produce less electricity. Therefore when you choose a type, do the price per watt calculation. That is, divide the price of a module by the number of watts it can produce. Price per watt is the ideal metric to decide on the type of solar panel that would suit you. Another important factor is your location; a panel that is ideal for New Jersey might not be the best module for Florida. So you should consider the average temperature, availability of sun light, duration of sunlight, budget and available space before choosing one.
Installing the Panels:
Most solar power enthusiasts would like to install the panels themselves, however experts say that installing a solar electricity system is not a DIY project. Installing requires a licensed electrician or a certified professional. If you live in the United States then you can consult with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) for a list of certified professionals who can do the installation for you.
It is also important to review the maintenance instructions, because proper maintenance of your system can prolong the life of panels. Switch to solar power today, save money and save the planet.