Looking to install solar energy in your home, but don’t know where to start? Having trouble figuring out which solar power products will be good for you in your small house? Having trouble just understanding solar energy in general?
Making the decision to convert to solar power and change your whole electricity system is a big move—but one that will benefit you completely. However, there’s a lot of information out there, and it’s easy to feel lost and confused by everything you read. For smaller homes that are looking to go solar, there are ways to install your materials to bring the most benefit to you and your everyday life.
But sometimes, it’s hard to find that out all you need to know about solar panel installation.
That’s why we’ve decided to bring together a little solar panel installation guide, full of products and tips to make your home solar-friendly. Below, is a full manual on what you need to do if you’re looking for clear, to the point tips on solar energy installation for small home grids. These tips will be full of products that you need, easy ways to find help to install them, and overall tips and tricks to make your conversion to solar energy a good, efficient one.
First, find out what size you need
One of the main aspects of this guide is finding out size solar panel you need to create the right amount of renewable energy. These panels which house the photovoltaic panels (PV panels) are the most important and usually the most important part of all solar energy systems. For most small houses, putting the solar panel on the roof isn’t really recommended. A lot of people in smaller houses prefer to put these solar panels on the ground where the sunlight isn’t obscured by trees or other shadows. Of course, this normally means they have a bit of land that they can use for this purpose.
The size of the solar panel also depends on the amount of energy you need. For the most part, smaller houses don’t use as much electricity as larger houses, so you should be fine with a few solar panels. It’s important to make sure you know if you need a lot of energy or not, though. Even though you live in a smaller house, you may still use a lot of energy and not even realize it.
Plan, plan, plan
For the most part, everyone will tell you that, before doing anything else or buying any equipment, you need to plan. Planning is everything. You may really want to convert to using just solar energy as soon as possible, but you’ll regret it if you don’t plan ahead.
Planning also gives you time to properly finance for converting to solar energy. While, in the long run, you’ll be saving a ton of money by switching to solar energy, you still need to make an investment in the beginning.
While you plan, you should always take into consideration the materials you would like (cheap or high-quality) and the size of the materials (as mentioned above). Make sure these fit into your financing. Also, make sure you find out how you want your solar panels placed, where, and when. Again, planning is everything—so make sure you do it efficiently.
Make sure you buy all the products you need
A common component many people forget about when buying all the products for a new solar-powered home are the inverters. Inverters are the tools that are needed to convert your energy from DC to AC meaning that you can’t use regular appliances or electricity without this inverter.
The great thing is, nowadays, inverters are easy to find and as cheap as ever. You no longer have to go searching in zest for all these products. All you have to do is talk to a solar installer to make sure you have all the right items pertaining to your local regulations and codes and then get to work.
To keep things simple and fresh in your mind, create a checklist of essential items that you need before you begin installing anything.
The installation process
We’re sure you’ve heard or read of people trying to DIY their solar panels themselves, to unsuccessful or successful results. Unless you have prior experience in wiring and know more about solar energy than the average person, we recommend you ask for help from a professional.
While it will cost money to have a solar installation guide come out to your house, it will be well worth it. Sometimes, people try to wire their own solar panels and end up having to spend even more money than normal because they mess up somewhere along the way.
With this in mind, we highly recommend calling a professional to help you out. That way, you get everything done right and quickly. Plus, a solar installer may just have some of their own tips and tricks to help you out or to steer you clear of any disasters that might happen. You should always take their advice and always ask them questions if you have them!
Decide whether you should be on-grid or off-grid
This is a big one and it should be decided before you do anything else. Deciding whether you’re off or on-grid is vital to the success of your new solar energy installation. However, a lot of people probably don’t even know where to begin or what the difference between these two things even is.
To put it simply, on-grid solar energy systems are hooked up and connected to a larger grid or utility that is shared among a common area or neighborhood. An off-grid solar energy system is great for people who live in more rural areas, on farms or are far away from the closest utility that powers energy. Off-grid is just that: off-grid. Your solar energy isn’t hooked up or connected to anyone else’s. It’s just yours.
Now, once you decide whether you should be on-grid or off-grid, you can begin planning and setting up the installation. Again, this decision should be done first. If you live in a residential area, you’re probably going to be on-grid because of local regulations and such. However, if you live quite far from others, off-grid is definitely going to be your best bet.