What I Need To Do To Use Solar Power In My Home?
Using solar power to supplement your home energy is a great way to save on bills
and protect the environment. There are some steps you need to take before
implementing home solar power however. I am going to outline some of the
basics of what solar power is and things you need to know before implementing
Important Features Of A Solar Power System
The first thing you need to know is how your solar power system is going to
work. More than likely this system will not provide enough power to fuel your
entire home, but will be an additional supplement to your homes current
power. There are some systems that completely rely on solar power for
everything, but those can cost in excess of 50,000 dollars to set up. In
addition it is only advisable to set up a system like that when your home is being
built as you will need to maximize the energy efficiency of your home in order to
use the power effectively.
There are some advantages to being on the grid and using it to supplement your
power. The first is that you can be safe and secure knowing that you have a
backup to your solar power. The second advantage is that any extra power you
generate you can sell back to the electric company. This can help to offset
the cost of the installation of the system. In addition if you add a battery
onto your system you can also have power when the local system goes off line.
This is a great help for people that are in areas where losing power would prove
In addition to solar power, you can also supplement your system with hydro
power. Hydro power is a great back up to your solar system on cloudy days or
in the winter. If you are lucky enough to have property on a river than
investing in a hydro system to supplement your solar system is a great idea.
The next thing you have to consider before installing a solar system is how
efficient your home is. I would suggest replacing all of your light bulbs
with energy efficient florescent ones. In addition, replacing old appliances
with new energy efficient ones and replacing old windows with new thermal efficient
double paned ones will greatly reduce your power consumption. Before
switching to a solar power system, take the time to try to reduce the amount of
power you use by as much as possible.