About Solar Panels

There are two main kinds of domestic solar power - solar panels connected to a battery system for energy collection and storage, and solar panels attached to a hot water cylinder for direct heating of water. The latter is slightly more efficient in terms of energy collection and use, and solar hot water pays for itself faster, but both types of solar panels will undoubtedly save you money over time. With the style of solar panels attached to a battery bank, some people living in eligible areas are able to bypass the need for batteries, and instead feed any power they collect back into the “grid”. The grid is the name for wired-in, paid electricity to which the majority of homes are already connected. If you have a battery bank, you can run your home’s electrical system “off the grid”, meaning you can operate it independently of the paid system. This obviously has long-term money-saving potential. Solar panels and inverters (the part of the solar power system which converts the sunlight into electricity you can use) are being made more and more efficiently these days, meaning that your solar panel investment pays for itself even sooner than older systems. Many areas also offer rebates or government incentives or promotions for solar panel purchase and installation, so check out what’s available at the time in your area before committing to buying from any one provider. Solar panels reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and may increase the energy efficiency rating for your home. They are best installed on parts of roofs which are not shaded, have plenty of space for the system to be installed, and get sun all day or nearly all day.