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Things to Know Before Installing Rooftop Solar Panels

June 29 2018

The number of solar panels to be installed depend upon your daily energy usage

Your decision to go off the grid and rely on solar power is not only environmentally friendly and sustainable, but also economical in the long run. It’s a simple way to effectively reduce your carbon footprint as well as your electricity bills. Here are a few things you need to know before installing rooftop solar panels.

Trim Your Energy Consumption

The first step to undertake before you go off the grid is to trim your energy consumption. You don’t need to cut down on your energy utilization, only make sure that you are at an optimum efficiency level and have zero wastage. Undertake an energy audit and check all the appliances at your home to determine if there’s anything you could be more efficient in. Also check if you’re using energy star rated equipment.

Space Requirements and Conditions

The amount of unobstructed space you have on your balcony or rooftop is key in determining how many solar panels you can fit. In addition to having enough square feet for installation, the panels also need to face southwards. This direction is optimum for receiving and absorbing sunlight.

Determine Your Daily Energy Usage

Determining your daily energy usage and needs is essential in selecting the right kind of solar panel to fulfil those energy requirements. A 2-3-bedroom house that uses conventional appliances including a microwave, requires around 15,000 watts of energy per day. Multiple solar cells make up a solar panel and more the number of panels in the array, more solar energy can be generated.

Financial Implications

In the long run, solar power will significantly cut down on your electricity bills. However, initially it is an investment in terms of the solar panels and their installation. Depending on the size of your house, appliances used, energy needs and quality, the cost varies between ₹40,000 to ₹6,00,000.

Opt for Durable Battery

The four main components of a solar power installation are the solar panels, the charge controller to convert DC to AC, the battery charger for storage and the main equipment. Opt for a good quality, durable battery from a known brand and keep it in an airy space. The battery will get heated if it’s not stored in an airy space, thus reducing its lifespan.

Maintenance and Servicing

Once the solar panels are installed, there’s not much you have to worry about. The solar panels have a life of about 25 years and need to be cleaned with a simple wash cloth monthly. While buying the panels, make sure you buy them from a certified supplier that provides you with a genuine warranty.

Now you know everything you need to for installing rooftop solar panels and have an energy conserving home, that also protects the environment. But, you also need to protect your home from the uncertain nature of life, and for that, a home insurance policy is a must.

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