Solar power is expected to become less expensive than coal within about ten years. As a solar homeowner, you’re ready for the action! And with a quality DIY kit, the easy-to-follow instructions are just the beginning to save money on your monthly electric bill! In this brief article, I’ll discuss what you will do to set up a simple home solar power system and the advantages and disadvantages of the DIY system versus hiring contractors. After reading this brief article, you’ll be ready to consider the right home solar power system choice for you and your family.
What Are Residential Solar Power Systems?
Most people have heard about residential solar power systems. In general, the term refers to anything that converts sunlight into usable electricity for your home. In layman’s terms, it is any device or appliance that can capture, store, and then convert energy from the sun into electricity that your home can use. There are two types of DIY solar energy systems: stand-alone and grid-tie. A stand-alone residential solar energy system is designed to provide electricity independent of your local electric company. This means you don’t have to connect to an electric company’s grid. This solar power solution is best for people who live in rural areas far from the nearest electric distribution grid. The stand-alone system is often called a solar panel. Some residential solar energy systems include a solar inverter to reduce the amount of power needed from the sun during the daytime.
Grid-Tied Residential Solar Power System
A grid-tied residential solar power system connects to your local power grid so that you can sell it back to the electric company. Most people choose this type of solar power solution for grid interties where no available electric wires are running from the panels directly to the electric company. The system must be connected to your utility box, and you will need to pay for any excess energy your solar panels produce. Although many people believe that adding solar panels and a DIY solar power inverter will lead to significant cost savings when installed, that isn’t necessarily true. If your existing utility company doesn’t offer any rebate programs, you may be required to pay up to half the cost of your new solar energy equipment. Depending on your location, the cost savings could be even more than that.
Can You Install Them Yourself?
Another myth about DIY residential solar energy systems is that you can install them yourself. While you certainly can learn how to do some of the simpler projects, such as installing and wiring solar panels, you should avoid attempting to do any more complex projects unless you have plenty of experience and knowledge. Many homeowners want solar energy systems but don’t have the experience or skills to do the job themselves. However, there are excellent do-it-yourself kits available that are designed specifically for inexperienced do-it-yourselfers. Skilled do-it-yourselfers can also install DIY solar energy systems if they have the proper training and equipment.
Want To Shop Online?
If you prefer to shop online for your DIY solar energy system, the two most popular brands are SolarBotanic and Sunforgery. There are other well-known brands, but these two brands tend to be well received by the residential solar energy market. Most of the time, the kits that come with these DIY solar panels and kits for installing solar panels will include all of the materials you will need to put together your solar panel system. They will also include detailed instructions for putting together your solar panels to complete the project, even if the most inexperienced homeowner can complete it.
Installing a day residential solar power system can be an inexpensive way to reduce your energy costs dramatically. But it would help if you were very careful not to try to install too many solar panels on your home. Doing it yourself is the best way to go.