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The Facts About Solar Energy You Must Know

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1. Reduce the costs of energy consumption

Choosing solar energy can be one of the best ways to reduce the costs of energy consumption. It has been proven that energy costs double approximately every ten years. So investing in solar energy for either your home or business is a smart decision. Read this article for tips on using it to your advantage.

 

2. Position of the Panels

Position solar panels on the east or west side of your home or business. Since the sun travels from east to west throughout the day, placing solar panels on areas of your roof that face north or south is a waste. You’ll get much better energy returns by following the same path as the sun.

 

3. Min Charging Time

Your home or business should receive at least five hours of direct sunlight per day to get the most from solar energy. Obviously more sun is better when it comes to solar panels, however if you get less than this solar energy can still be a viable option. If you are in an area where energy bills are sky high, solar might still save you money even if you don’t have the optimal sun exposure.

 

4. Lease , Rent or Buy

Remember that leasing a solar energy system may be a good idea; however, you must be sure you can transfer the lease should you choose to move. This becomes important during the sale of your home. You might end up paying for a unit that you get no use from. Being able to transfer your lease will relieve you of your obligation and permit the new residents to take advantage of solar energy.

If you cannot afford a full-scale solar energy system, consider investing in a smaller one. Some vendors offer small systems designed to power a water heater or a generator. This small investment should help you save money within the next few years and you can easily expand your solar energy system by powering more appliances with solar panels.

 

5 Heavy User

If you are a business owner and you are thinking of changing your energy system over to renewable solar energy, see if you can get any tax deductions for doing so. Often times the government will offer incentives to companies who agree to switch over to a more green energy source.

 

6 Where is your sun??

There is really no reason to even consider getting a solar energy system if you live in an area that rarely sees the sun. This does not mean that a less than reputable company will not try to sell you a solar system though. If your roof does not receive at least 6 hours of full sunlight per day, you should not consider solar power.

 

7  Certification

Be sure mountings on solar energy panels are engineer certified for your area. For instance, if if you’re in an area that gets frequent cyclones, the mountings need to be cyclone rated. High-quality systems will be wind certified to ensure they don’t blow away in a huge wind storm. Mounting is an important part of the system and not all suppliers regard them that way. Stay alert when buying your system to make sure they have proper certifications.

Solar energy benefits everyone. Hopefully you have found that going green by using solar energy is possible and is a great decision. This article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to solar power, however it is a great start on your journey to renewable energy.

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