Residential Solar Energy Considerations

People's interest in residential solar energy has become a lot bigger since the price of PV panels drastically dropped. Solar has become a great way to save and the number of solar installations across the U.S grows with every new day. The technology is green, user friendly and simplified to a level where it is accessible to just about any household in the U.S.

Residential Solar Energy Considerations

However, there are considerations one has to make before going solar. The following information can help any homeowner decide if and how a solar solution is implemented on his or hers property.

Lower Your Energy Needs before Going Solar

The amount of residential solar energy you need depends on your home's monthly and yearly consumption. The more energy you use, the more panels you will need to install on your property. A panel costs money even when it is leased, so try to lower your consumption as much as possible before going solar.

There are loads of advice on how to reduce your home's energy needs, so read up, do a home energy audit and implement a few ideas that will make a significant change. Once you start receiving lower bills, reassess your yearly energy needs and plan the solar installation accordingly.

With an adjusted tilt, panels can be efficient even if directed 45 degrees east or west.

Conditions do not Need to be Perfect

Residential solar energy profitability depends mostly on your location. An ideal candidate would be someone living in the southwestern United States, with one side of the rooftop facing south in an area where neighboring structures, terrain and foliage do not cast a shadow over the roof.

However, conditions do not need to be that perfect. With the help of angle adjusting equipment, pole mounts and other accessories solar can be successfully installed in less than ideal places. The trick is to do the math right and calculate whether the investment is worth your while.

Grid-Independent is Probably Not the Way to Go

Solar and wind have different strengths and weaknesses, so combining them makes a better team.

Producing 100% of the energy you need sounds like a way to save the most money. However, when it comes to residential solar energy, this is rarely true. There are several good reasons to stay connected to the grid.

  • Solar panels only produce energy during the day, which means that you need to buy additional expensive storage battery units to stay off the grid.
  • Solar panels produce less during the winter and overcast days, which means that you will need more panels to meet your energy needs.
  • Drawing electricity solely from solar panels makes it hard to deal with sudden spikes in energy demand.

All of these problems are avoided if you stay connected. Grid solutions work best if you sell the excess energy you produce during the day and break even with the electricity you consume from the grid during the evening.

Increasing Home Value without Increasing Taxes

Residential solar energy solutions increase the value of your property, without increasing the property tax. Investing in them is smart because you get a resale advantage and a better price for your home while your upkeep remains about the same. The only expense that may become bigger is your home’s insurance, as the panels will need to be insured as well.

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