In an effort to reduce energy bills, both homeowners and businesses are looking to solar power as a viable alternative. You can easily add this type of renewable energy to your system by purchasing a DIY solar power kit. However, there are five important things with which you should be familiar before you make such a purchase.
Dimension of the Solar Panels
The exact measurements of the solar panels should be indicated on the DIY solar power kit, which will help you determine if your roof space is sufficient for the solar module. Be sure you also know the weight of the solar panels, as that information will be necessary to determine if your roof can support the solar panels if you have roof tiles installed. If you know the weight and dimension of the panels, you can determine whether your roof is structurally sound enough to handle the added load.
Total Power Generation
You should calculate the amount of power you use in your home before you install any DIY solar power kit. Additionally, determine how many appliances you want to connect to the solar power system. Once you’ve come up with a figure, buy the appropriate DIY solar power kit. Kits of a variety of sizes are available; further, some kits can be interconnected if one alone is not sufficient.
Because they are outdoors, solar power panels are constantly exposed to harsh elements like hail, rain, snow and sun. Due to this exposure, the frame should be constructed of aluminum or another durable material, while the solar cells should be covered with tempered glass.
The return on investment or ROI for DIY solar power kits can take years. As such, it's advisable to take into consideration the length of a product's warranty prior to purchase. Most experts recommend getting a 20- to 25-year warranty on new solar panels.
Installation and Maintenance
Select a DIY solar power kit that has easy installation. There are kits available on the market that contain all the components needed to start your own solar power system. Additionally, you should also consider one that will require only minimal maintenance over the years in service. The best choice is solar panels that require, at minimum, scrubbing once a year to have the panels work at maximum efficiency.
Anna Vera Williams helps others understand how to utilize solar power to live cleaner and more economical lives.
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This article was originally published on Anna's blog, at 5 Things to Consider When Buying DIY Solar Power Kits.