Individuals are becoming more aware of the many advantages associated with harnessing renewable energy in their homes and interest in solar energy systems in has grown.
When homeowners are able to produce their own electricity with solar panels, they can make huge savings and reduce their carbon print at the same time. Prior to making the switch to solar energy however, do your homework and make sure you are installing a system that is capable of meeting your requirements. Because we are now so dependent on the wide range of appliances and gadgets we use, the average home uses an incredible quantity of energy every single day.
It is not unusual in many homes for certain appliances to be left on for hours on end when they are not being used and lots of the electrical appliances we use consume large quantities of energy. Fridges and freezers have to be left on 24/7, but for them to be economical, aside from an efficient energy rating, these appliances should be defrosted on a regular basis and have doors that seal properly. It is easy to forget to unplug computers and they ca be left on for hours.
If you are serious about reducing fuel bills and your carbon print you will find there are many simple alterations you can make in your home for an immediate result. A simple change like changing all of your light bulbs to an energy saving bulb is an instant improvement. When comparing halogen bulbs with LED bulbs, you may be surprised to find that an LED bulb uses only 3 watts to provide the identical light output as a halogen bulb using 50 watts. If you imagine a ceiling with 12 halogen spotlights, it is easy to realise the huge difference that would be achieved, through replacing each bulb with an LED one.
Whatever changes you plan to make, be realistic and focus on changes that are easily achievable. There are plenty of excellent websites and energy calculators online for information and guidance.
Remember that the more watts a panel produces, the larger it must be and of course it will be more expensive to purchase too. Guarantee periods and brand have an impact upon the cost. Like any other product, you get what you pay for, but you ought to expect a good quality solar panel to have a 25 year warranty on it. It is a mistake to choose cheaper equipment which might not be robust enough to last.
Solar panels are fairly lightweight, but your roof should be a suitable size, preferably south facing and in sound condition to support the installation. A solar panel system is a fair sized investment to put your money into but they are capable of providing an excellent return in due course and will also increase the value of your home.
Are you investigating Devon Solar Energy Panels? Solar Systems was one of the first UK Solar Installation companies to be fully accredited to supply and fit domestic systems, we have installed hundreds of systems throughout the South West. We are a Devon Solar Electric Power company.