Here is everything you need to know about Solar Panels. Have you considered investing in solar panels but need a bit of persuading to see whether they are for you? Well, not only is solar energy great (see out 17 points about solar power), but solar panels also environmentally friendly, fairly simple to have installed and could have an immediate effect on your bills. Here’s everything you need to know before you invest…
Solar panels are a long term investment – Though panels might seem expensive now, as the years progress you will see how much you have saved in the long run. Crunch the numbers before you buy.
You most likely will notice your energy costs decrease fairly quickly – As your regular bill is supplemented or entirely replaced with the solar energy you are consuming, you will quickly see that your bill will be lower than bills before installing panels.
Solar panels will require maintenance for optimized use – Regular solar panel maintenance will ensure that your panels are clean, properly connected and functioning well.
Solar panels are reliable and long lasting – They have no moving parts that can get broken so they should last many years.
You can sell excess energy back to the grid – If you can afford to invest in more solar panels, this may be a great way to make a long term investment. You will need to check with your state government to see what rate is currently going and do your numbers before you install to make sure you know what to expect.
You can store energy in a battery – You can purchase a separate battery to store your energy to use later and at night, just as you can with portable solar powered devices. You will need to add the cost of this to your purchase but it may be a good investment.
You can power your whole house with solar panels – As long as you have worked out how much you use and therefore how many solar panels to invest in, you may be able to get power for your whole home. You will need to speak to your installer to see if this is possible for you.
Solar panels need UV light not direct sunlight – Solar panels will still work on cloudy days, this means that even if the weather isn’t the best, they will still be working to produce energy. You will need to speak to your installer to get a good idea of when they will produce energy.
You can put solar panels on the roof whether it is flat or sloped – Solar panels can be angled with frames on a flat roof or attached directly to the roof itself.
You may be able to put solar panels in the garden – As long as they are secured and won’t get in the way it may be possible to put them in your garden but your installer should be able to advise if this is possible.
You can allow your animals to graze safely between solar panels – You can also grow crops too if they prefer shade. The solar panels won’t cause any harm and your animals won’t mind them either.
North facing solar panels get the most light – Through the day as the sun moves across the sky from left to right, north facing panels should get light from dawn to dusk.
You can charge an electric car using solar power – The idea of free fuel sounds great so hopefully in the future we will all have solar powered cars.
It would only take 0.3% of the world’s land area to provide enough electricity for all our needs – With major advances in technology, solar panels are improving all the time. Solar panels are paving the way for a viable and clean energy source.
Solar tiles may be a thing of the near future – Solar tiles are already available in the UK and the US, and they look just like a regular roof – perfect if you think that solar panels are less than appealing.
Solar panels are environmentally friendly – They produce no emissions once mounted and make no noise either.
15% of Australian homes have installed solar panels and the trend is growing – Australia is leading the world with the highest level of uptake for solar panels in the world! Consider if they are something that could work for you. Speak to your neighbours if they have them to see how much money they cost and how they are saving them money. Do your research and find out if they are something that could help you beat our rising energy bills! Now you know (almost) everything you need to know about Solar Panels but tell us what we’ve missed…