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Deciding Whether Or Not To Use Home Solar Power

If you are thinking of adding home solar power or installing home solar power in a new home, this article is here to help guide you through what you need to know.   There are many things to consider before you can know whether or not home solar power is right for you, so let’s start with the basics so you have somewhere to start.


Adding Home Solar Power To A Current Home

If you are thinking of adding solar power to your current home there are a few things you should do first.  The first is understanding how your home solar power works.   Sunlight is captured and converted into electricity.  This is either transmitted directly to your home or into a battery that your home can draw power from.   In most cases your home will also be connected to the local power grid.  Any excess power it needs it can draw from their.   Any excess it generates you can sell back to the power company at the same rate you pay for it.  This is pretty much how all residential solar power systems work.

The next thing you need to do before adding home solar power is determine what your energy use is.  For most people you will want to look at your average consumption for a year to come up with a monthly average.  I would suggest that you then try to conserve as much energy as you can over the next couple of months.  The first step to doing this is to replace all the regular light bulbs in your home with florescent ones.  These will significantly cut down on the amount of power that use.  Next, if you can afford it, I would replace all the old electric appliances in your home with new more efficient ones.  While this may seem drastic and very expensive, the bottom line is you will be paying this much and more for a solar system to support these out of date units, so before investing in that you need to make sure that you are using as little power as possible.  Next check your windows to make sure that you are using the most energy efficient windows that you can.  If not, replacing these will save you a ton in heating expenses.

After making those update check your energy consumption for the next couple months.  You now should have a good idea of how much power you are going to need from your solar system and can purchase a home solar power system that will effectively support your house.

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