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Home Solar Panel Basics

Many people are “going green.” They are taking care to recycle more, bring reusable bags, and plug out any electronics not in use. Installing home solar panels is a big step in the direction of reducing your family’s energy usage.

Large Investment

Home solar panel installation is not for the faint of heart. Installing solar panels on your roof can range in price from £3,000 to £40,000. It is truly an investment into your future, but the long-term payoff includes a significant savings in your home electricity costs.

Decisions, Decisions

Prior to hiring a professional to install your home solar panels, you should take a number of things into consideration.
For starters, you should think about how much of your home you want your solar panels to power. It is important to consider this because depending on the size of your home, you may need to install more than one solar panel in order to power the whole house. If using multiple solar panels to power your home is not financially feasible, decide what is.

Solar Panel Options

There are three types of home solar panels available for purchase:

  • Monocrystalline
  • Polycrystalline and
  • Amorphous panels

In regards to price, monocrystalline can be the most expensive, but the most efficient. Polycrystalline is the second-most expensive and efficient, followed by amorphous home solar panels. Amorphous are the cheapest and most popular, but also the least efficient.

Grid Savvy

Home solar panels can either be “grid-tied” or “off-grid” in regards to power. Off grid solar systems are usually reserved for homes in remote areas. Grid-tied systems are connected to the local power company’s grids.
There are many items to consider when going solar. Be sure to hire a knowledgeable professional to install your solar panels and you will be well on your way to reducing your carbon footprint.

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