Get Solar Panels for your Home


          Solar panels for homes are becoming more popular during this era of environmental friendliness. Solar panels absorb the sun’s rays and convert sunlight energy into electricity. Solar panels are manufactured with a certain efficiency rating such as 15% for example. A solar panel’s efficiency is the percentage of sunlight striking its surface that is actually converted into usable electricity. Solar panels can produce enough electricity for your home so that you do not have to spend any additional money per month to buy electricity from the electric company. Follow the steps below to get solar panels for your home.

Step 1

Figure out how much electricity your household uses per month on average. This is an easy task. Just look at your monthly electricity statements at the amount of household electricity usage in kilowatt hours. Record the numbers for a full year and divide by 12 to get the average monthly electricity usage. This number will help you determine how many solar panels you will need.

Step 2

Calculate the amount of useful solar panel space you have on your home’s roof. Calculate the square footage of both the front and back of your home’s roof. Most of this surface area can be used to install solar panels over. You will need this information when pricing solar panel installation options.

Step 3

Find some solar panel installation companies that service your area. There are many ways you can do this. You can look in the yellow pages for solar panels installers. In addition you can search the internet for solar panel installation companies that operate in your city or town. Once you have found a few companies write down their telephone numbers.

Step 4

Using the numbers you collected in step 3 call each of the solar panel installers. Tell them you would like a price quote on a solar panel installation for your home. Tell them how much average electricity your house consumes per month and the square footage of roof space you collected in steps 1 and 2 above. Ask them to quote you a price for solar panel installation that includes all hardware such as solar panels and wiring as well as installation.

Step 5

Tell each solar panel installer that you want to have a transfer switch installed. A solar panel transfer switch will toggle the power from your solar panels and electric company on and off. In other words when you are consuming power from your solar panels you will not be using power from the electric company. When you run out of electricity from your home solar panels the transfer switch will start pulling electricity from your standard electric company connection.

Step 6

Find the lowest cost quote you received in step 4 from the home solar panel installers. Proceed by calling up that company and making an appointment for home solar panel installation.

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