There are many ways to utilize renewable energy resources for your home. One of the best ways to achieve this goal is to install solar panels on your rooftop. This is a great investment and is a step in the direction to make your home more eco friendly.
Investing into solar panels has a low ROI but is a safe investment. One of the ways to make your money back is to sell your energy credits or sell the extra power which is generated by solar panels straight back to the power companies. One of the most obvious benefits of this is that not only do your energy costs go down but you might even actually get paid by the power companies.
Solar panels can be quite expensive. One of the ways to offset the initial costs is to actually build your own panels, that is if you have the time to dedicate to the project.
There are a lot of well known manufacturers which make high quality solar panels. The prices vary quite a bit between these different companies and they are constantly changing due to market conditions. There are lists around the internet where you can find the different prices per kilowatt of power produced by the panels being sold.
It is also important to note that you should not invest into any panels which are manufactured in China. These panels are cheaply produced and there are many quality concerns in regards to service and warranties.
When you decided on a panel to purchase it is now time to install it. There are many different types of panels for different situations. Some of these can be for boats or even RV's. Here we will only be talking about panels for your home.
There are three areas which are typically used to install a solar panel. These are on a roof of a home, on the roof of another building or as its own standalone structure.
The most important thing to consider when deciding on where to place your panel is where on the property gets the most sun during the day. The more sun exposure your panel receives the more energy it will produce for you to use in your home. Also note the sun moves depending on the season so you should strategically place your panel where it is going to get maximum sun exposure for the entire year. You should also consider any obstacles to the light such as trees which can shade your panel and there before make it produce less energy.
When you decided on a location to mount your panel you will have to pick a special panel mount you use. There are three main varieties of solar mounts which you can use and these are pole mounts, flush mounts and roof-ground mounts. Each one of these mounts serves a specific purpose such as installing your solar panel as its own standalone structure or even installing it onto an RV.