Nowadays, people are finding ways to save up electricity and to lower their monthly utility cost. There are a lot of options in the market with regards to what kind of equipment you want to use. Finding another source of power that is available to you without worrying about the cost. Such are, using turbines in places where the winds and water sources are strong enough to generate power and so on. But for most people, especially those who live in urban areas, solar panels are usually the option to go. Solar panels do not need any special requirements to use, just a place with direct access to sunlight is all it needs.
Solar panels have been around for years now. There are already some countries which are leading the revolution to become reliant on renewable energy. Not on conventional energy sources like fossil fuels. This does not just make them have a renewable way of acquiring energy, but also saving a lot of money. Switching to renewable energy such as using solar panels is a great long-term investment. Although the price of it is a bit expensive, it will greatly decrease your electricity bill. By using it with your power from the local electric company, or totally have no monthly electricity bills if you fully rely on solar energy.
Alright, so now you have decided to get one for yourself too, but you don’t know the basics or even where to start. Here are the important things you need to take note when planning to install one on your home.
Let us start first with the kinds of solar panels available in the market. There are actually 3 types which you can choose according to their material composition.
- Monocrystalline Solar Panels – it is made of a high concentration of silicon, which made this panel very efficient when it comes to converting solar power into electricity. It comes with a high price compared to the other two because of how complicated it is to make and the materials being used.
- Polycrystalline Solar Panels – most commonly used in residential areas due to their price. Although a bit inferior to its Monocrystalline counterpart. Recent technology advancement made it possible for Polycrystalline to almost reaching the Monocrystalline solar panel’s efficiency, at a lower price.
- Thin-film Solar Panel – is a second generation solar cell that is the cheapest option out in the market. Since it was cheaper, it degrades faster than the previous two panels and needs more annual repairs. Since they are not that efficient, they need more space and more cells in order to have the same output as the previous two solar panels.
It is important to know your budget’s capacity first. Then the power you need – it is either you want full reliance on solar energy or partial usage together with your existing direct power supply. In this way, you can effectively choose the best option for yourself and for your needs.
Installing solar panels in your home takes a process to do. Like filling up paperwork and compliance with legal rules. It is also best to consult with your solar panel contractor since they usually include installation. It usually takes weeks or even months before your solar panel is connected and ready for use.
Of course, during your conversation with your solar panel contractor or seller, they will be the one to provide you options which will suit your budget and needs. Your contractor will process all the equipment, orders and also the workers needed for the installation process and finalization of everything before contract signing.
There are also solar panel do-it-yourself kits available in the market that anyone can easily set up and install. You just need to know first its application, your budget range, and the size needed on how to use it. In order to avoid any unnecessary problems during installation and its further use. Always coordinate with the seller and ask all the questions you need to prevent misconceptions and issues in the future.
Solar panels are a great way to save money and to lessen the hassle of paying monthly electricity bills. (If being used for full reliance). It is safe for the environment and a quiet way of energy acquisition. These solar panels are also low in maintenance, but, depending on the brand and what kind of panels being used.