Solar Heating Systems

Things to consider as you switch to solar energy

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Electrical contractor, Installation, Solar Heating Systems | Comments Off on Things to consider as you switch to solar energy

solar-panelInstalling solar panels at home has numerous benefits from reduced energy bills to protecting the environment. Nonetheless, opting to install solar panels is not exactly a walk in the park. There are few things that you must take into consideration before you install solar panels.

Cost

The initial investment for installing solar is significant. However, the benefits of free unlimited supply of electricity from solar will reduce your monthly energy bills massively. You can also opt to purchase cheaper electricity generated from solar instead of the expensive main grid power.

How soon will you begin saving?

Solar panels allow homeowners to make huge savings in energy bills. If you own the solar system you will incur a huge initial investment and save in the long term.  Leasing, on the other hand, allows you to start saving immediately by offering you cheaper solar energy at an agreed flat rate. However, you do not own the system.

How much power will the solar panels supply?

The electrical energy generated by the solar panels will depend on several factors including the solar panel efficiency, the size of the panels, roof orientation, the angle of tilt, latitude, potential obstructions such as trees etc. A professional installer should be able to provide a solution that will guarantee optimum performance.

Selecting the best type of panels

The quality of solar panels varies from one manufacturer to another. Your contractor should help you determine the best panel for your situation. You should consider how the solar module is manufactured and the material used. According to this Winnipeg solar company you need to find out the positive power tolerance, temperature coefficient, the PID & LID resistance, and efficiency of the solar panel. Check the warranty of various solar panels and learn more about the different brands.

Financing

Check out the various solar financing assistance options and take advantage of incentives and rebates provide by the local authorities and state. Government tax credits can reduce the cost of your solar installation by almost 30%.

Reputable Installer

It is recommended that solar panels are installed by a qualified and certified installer. Finding a reputable installer can be difficult since there many self-proclaimed solar installation experts without professional training. Make sure you check out their reviews and check with the local authorities.

When will the panels start generating electricity?

When you invest in solar panels you want to start enjoying cheaper electricity as soon as possible. Immediately you sign the contract for solar energy, you expect the system to be up and running in the shortest so you can start saving. However, solar installations can take between 1 to 6 months depending on your installers. Ensure your contractor takes the shortest time to minimize costs.

Sunlight Hours

In order for your solar panels to have maximum electrical energy output, they need direct sun exposure. South facing roofs are believed to receive the maximum amount of sunlight. However, the way you arrange the solar panels is important even in the east and west roofs. Your installer should be able to assess the amount of sunlight light hours you receive throughout the year and offer the best solution.

Building Permits

You solar installation contractor should help you get the necessary building permits to avoid trouble with the authorities.

An experienced installer will have your solar system up and running in no time so you can start saving from reduced energy bills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Conserving Energy Using Solar Water Heaters

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Solar Heating Systems | Comments Off on Conserving Energy Using Solar Water Heaters

Solar Water HeaterThe off-grid solar systems such as solar water heaters are a great way to conserve energy. The solar panels normally use solar energy to produce electricity however solar water heating systems heat water directly using solar energy. The popularity of solar water heating systems as a clean energy source has increased all over the globe especially in remote areas.

Utilizing solar energy to heat water can be extremely rewarding in very many ways. The following are some of the reasons you should install a solar water heating system:

Energy Independence

Solar water heating systems rely on the sun’s energy, with no dependence on utility or other energy sources like fossil fuels. It contributes to energy efficiency by reducing reliance on external energy sources. It provides energy as long as the sun shines. Once you have solar water heater system installed the utility only comes as a backup. It can be a fulfilling experience getting hot water supply without incurring any utility bills from a clean energy source.

Environmental Protection

Fossil fuels have been the major source of energy for a long time despite the negative impact they have on the environment in terms of pollution and increasing carbon footprint. Environmental pollution leads to climate change and other health effects. The risks associated with nuclear energy are dangerous as was witnessed during the tsunami in Japan. Therefore, clean energy sources like solar water heating systems that rely on the free energy from the sun offer an ideal alternative. Solar water heating systems do not have any negative impact on the environment, they capture the heat from the sun.

Costs Savings

Apart from the initial costs of purchasing and installing solar water heaters which make up the biggest investment, you get hot water supply for the rest of your life incurring any utility bills. Solar water heating provides even greater energy savings than solar electric panels. Within five years of installing water heating systems, you can get back your initial investment depending on the cost of utility energy and the availability of the sun’s energy. Installing water heaters usually comes with tax credits and utility refunds to encourage more people to invest in it.

Solar energy is green and renewable, even though the initial investment is expensive it eventually pays off along the way. Installing solar water heating systems is different from installing solar for electricity. Mounting the solar hot water collectors is complicated because their weight and fragile nature. The installation of the controls, pumps, thermostats, hot water storage tanks, heat exchangers and plumbing is not your typical DIY job. Therefore when setting up the solar water heating systems it is critical that a plumber checks it out especially if you live in a remote area that doesn’t have a plumber open 24 hours. The last thing you want is to spring a leak in the middle of the night and have a full on flood before the plumber comes in the morning.

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