Solar panels are becoming an increasingly popular option to generate clean energy and reduce your electricity bills. It can also shield you from the rising cost of coal-generated electricity. With this promise, many homeowners are enticed to buy their own system hoping to lower their expenditures at the end of each month.
But what most people do not know is that whether they save money or not, it all depends on a string of factors that affect the efficiency of their solar panel system. So before buying your own solar equipment, get your facts straight first.
The truth about cutting your energy bills in half or more
Money saved by going solar depends on how much electricity you use and how much you are paying for it as well as how much energy your solar panel can generate. All these elements point to how efficient your system is, how many panels you installed, where they are mounted or faced and which retail company you entrust your investment with.
How it works
Rule of thumb, solar panels should face north to get maximum sun exposure so they can generate more electricity. And of course the more panels you install the greater the energy you will be able to produce as well.
As a guide, a typical 1.5 Kilowatt (kW) solar panel in Adelaide can produce up to 1/3 of an average household’s daily energy consumption. This means that each month 1/3 or your energy bill is taken off. There are also higher kW panels available to accommodate household’s more demanding energy needs. But please note not all solar panels system work the same. There are various types of solar panels composed of different materials that dictate their energy output.
A larger inverter does not increase a solar panel’s system energy output
Beware of some retailers who offer a larger inverter for your system. They may suggest a 3kW inverter for your 2 kW panels to boost solar output but this is not true. No matter how large your inverter is, it cannot increase your panel’s capacity to generate more energy. If it is a 2kW panel, you will get a maximum of 2kW energy as well.
What should you do to get the most of your solar panel investment?
Get enough panels, consult with an expert and find out how many panels you would need to meet your daily energy requirements
Know where your roof faces. If your roof is angled south, you will get less power but if it faces north, your panels can generate more.
Consider how energy efficient your appliance are. If they are, you will be able to keep your power usage down and therefore more likely you can save more money in the long run.
Do the math. Calculate how much electricity you consume each month and how much you pay for it so you will know what type of solar panel system you need. Also, if you plan on selling your property in the future, know how much your property will be worth with a solar panel installed.
Go wholesale solar. There are a number of solar panel providers in the market that offer reliable solar panel system at wholesale prices. Take advantage of them.
Talk to one of the most reliable family-oriented wholesale solar retailers in the market today to know what option will work best for you. Call Fortends Solar at 1300 789 244 or visit them at http://www.fortendssolar.com.au/