With the price of gas and electricity rising there is more and more interest in solar power. The other major appeal of solar power is that it is considered to be on of the greener fuels and hence helps to protect the global environment.
Before you go green and swap to solar energy here are a couple of things to consider.
1. Is your roof suitable – The obvious place for solar panels is on the roof. Depending on the direction and angle of the roof you will get different amounts of exposure to direct sunlight. It is important to maximize your panels exposure so that you will have sufficient power during the darker winter months.
How will other weather conditions affect the solar panels? This is not really as much of an issue as you would imagine. Rain is fine, it actually helps to keep the panels clean. Snow, well this should slide off as the panels will be angled.
2. Choosing the best kit – The easiest way to convert your home to solar power is to buy a solar panel kit. It is worth investing in a good kit as you want it to be comprehensive, otherwise you may have additional, unexpected costs.
The cheapest kit available may look good, but do your research, as with most things you get what you pay for, so don’t skimp to much!
3. How much will it cost to change to solar power? Across the world governments are panicking about the effects of global warming, so they are doing everything possible to covert people to greener energy sources. It is worth researching to see if you qualify for any of the grants which are currently available.
So where do you start? A good place is the manufacturers of solar panel kits. It is best to try to find a regional office. The people in the local offices will be aware of the style of houses, the climate and will probably also know what grants are available in your area. These manufacturers want you to use there product so you will probably find them extremely helpful.
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