Interested in Solar Panels for Your Home?
Over the last few decades, we have seen a gradual increase in the interest in solar panels for domestic and commercial properties. As the technology has matured, the methods of installation and the efficiency of the panels have improved. Now, solar is an excellent and cost effective way to generate power and heat the water for your home or business. However, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the adoption of solar and in this article, we will dispel some of those myths.
The Limited Number of Full Lifecycle Users
Because of its relative newness, we don¡¯t really have a lot of full lifecycle users around to use as an example. The earliest adopters that are nearing a decent amount of time to make comparisons are now using equipment that is very out of date. That being said, solar is fairly easy to maintain, there are no moving parts, and solar panel repairs are fairly rare.
Even the earliest adopters of this technology may not have the most efficient systems, but they still work fine, and an upgrade is a fairly simple process. All that we can really do to see if a system is viable is look at the technology available today and extrapolate those energy saving across a period of time. This is usually a period where you would recoup the cost of the equipment and installation through your energy savings. This can vary a great deal depending upon the size of your solar system, but here at iBreeze, we can help you to crunch the numbers when you¡¯re making your choices.
Can Your Roof Support the Necessary Solar Panels?
This is extremely important. Not every roof is strong enough to support the weight of the solar panels and the associated infrastructure. Also if the angle of your roof is less than optimal, you may have a solar window that is shorter because your roof is in shade. This could be especially true if you have an apartment and you need to route a solar panel setup from a shared or flat roof.
It¡¯s also important to evaluate your energy needs and choose your solar system to suit them. It can be tempting to cover every square metre of the roof with panels to generate the most energy possible, but this is a waste. Every solar panel represents a significant investment, and you want the most bang for your buck. This means that you really want the smallest number of solar panels to suit your needs. For water heating, you can always install a solar boiler that will heat or preheat your water to save energy. Often a water boiler plus a modest number of solar panels is more than enough for an average home.