This article has been designed to give you Solar Tips & Tricks to help you begin learning about all the things you need to know before installing Solar. Joining the solar power movement can be daunting, especially when you’re trying to figure it all out on your own. Sometimes research can be a little hard to comprehend and can leave you searching for answers. Well look no further, with a few points to consider, we’ll guide you through the selection process on your personal solar journey.
Installing a PV system into your home can lead to many benefits. It’s a fantastic way to reduce your pollution production, can reduce your expenses on electricity bills and increase the value and of your property. Plus, the average PV power system can save you enough over a 2-3-year period, it basically pays itself off creating both short- and long-term benefits. Now, choosing a PV power system ideal for your home situation requires some consideration. There are three key questions you should ask yourself prior to making a concrete decision.
- Will your electricity consumption change?
- How much space does your home have to accommodate the PV system?
- What is your budget?
Will your electricity consumption change?
Think about it, when it comes to your living situation anything can change! You could expand and renovate in three to five years leading to more energy consumption. Other factors such as growing families will need to be considered, or even new home appliances which require higher energy consumption are factors you need to keep in mind.
Prior to settling on the cheapest and most affordable PV solar system, it is important that you consider your home living situation for the duration you will be living in the home. Plan 10 years ahead, consider all possible changes then think about the system and what size your home requires.
There are some PV solar systems larger than others, which can produce more electricity that in the initial stages may feel like an expensive investment. Try not to see it in that light, as you wouldn’t want to make the mistake of installing a smaller PV System, which could save you money short term, but 3-5 years later leaves you with no choice but to spend more money and upgrade as your energy consumption changes over time.
When deciding on the size of your PV system, write down a list of possible changes that may occur over the years, create a cost-effective strategy that ensures you have a system large enough to accommodate all your electrical consumption needs, and go from there. Listing any possible changes in your future will allow you to estimate the ideal PV system for you, rather than going in blindly and purchasing a system that doesn’t work out. If in doubt have a look at your electricity bill and figure out how much your home uses on a monthly basis. Cross the monthly consumption amount against a mixture of PV systems and sizes and see which correlate with your unique situation best.
Just remember, the average monthly electricity bill is approximately $100 which becomes an annual fee of $1,200. Over a 20-year period that same electricity bill accumulates to $24,000 paid on that utility. This is prior to factoring in rate and price increases, if you’re considering to install a PV system, this will remove you from this ongoing cycle and keeps more cash in your pocket!
How much space does your home have to accommodate the PV system?
Ok, this point is important to consider but don’t get too caught up on the physical space of your roof and around your property. A PV Solar system comes in varying shapes and sizes so there will be a perfect system out there for you. Any accredited CEC installer and designer can create and draft the perfect solar system to suit your home, so the space that you have can be accommodated for. Considering the roof space, measure all sides and figure out the total surface area, this information will help your CEC accredited designer to begin drafting the perfect system for your unique living situation.
What is your budget?
The budget you have for your prospective PV System is important, as it will determine whether you are investing in quality grade products that will last you up to and over 25 years, and not settling for unknown brands which will effectively last you only 2 years and cause you to spend money replacing them. Another point to consider with your budget are the sizes of the PV systems, as per the previous point depending on your 10-year plan within your home consider any changes in the house then determine how much you are willing to invest on your PV system. Ensure when you are researching solar brands that they are quality and trusted brands. As an Australian consumer, when choosing solar panels for your PV System either monocrystalline and Polycrystalline will be suitable to withstand the harsh climate we have here in Australia, but consider trusted brands known worldwide.
Another point to consider are the inverters. Inverters are important in every PV system as this is where the power from the solar panels go from AC to DC and fuel the home with power. Inverters are constantly running daily and can be the first to give out, so it is important to invest in an accredited and well-known brand with a great warranty.
The savings you make from your PV system vary depending on the Australian State or Territory you reside in. The consumption behaviour of your home can impact your annual savings too. Solar systems are a great investment in the long run and produce a positive footprint in our environment. Consider these three key points when starting your solar journey and your annual savings on electricity will continue to grow!
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