If your utility bills are getting you down, you may want to consider an alternative energy source that will save you money and be easy to maintain. Putting up solar panels on your home can be exactly the solution you are looking for. Even if you’re not in an area that has invested in solar as an energy source, you can harness the power of the sun yourself with the help of residential solar panels. You have probably heard that solar power can be a great alternative energy source. But you may be wondering how solar panels work, whether they are reliable, and what you need to do if you want to get started on installing some. AMPWRX has all the answers.
Will solar panels really save you money?
Putting in solar panels does involve some up-front expenditure, but this is an investment that will pay off over time in significantly reduced utility expenses. In fact, some homeowners have managed to eliminate their electric bills completely, thanks to solar panels. How much you will save depends on a variety of factors, including the quantity of direct sunlight per day, the size of your roof, and even its angle.
If you are concerned about the cost of installation, research whether you might qualify for an FHA program such as the Energy Efficient Mortgage Program, which allows you to do an energy-efficient refinance and roll the costs of installation into your existing mortgage payment.
What’s the best kind of roof for solar panels?
Before installing solar panels on your roof, it’s important to be sure your home is equipped to sustain them. While most roof materials can easily hold up solar panels, homes with wood or slate roofs are not great candidates for solar because these materials can be brittle, and a wooden roof with a solar panel could be a fire hazard. But if you have shingle or tile roofing, you are good to go. And if you have a metal roof, this is probably the best-suited of all to solar.
Bear in mind that solar panels need to be slanted, but not too steeply. If your roof is flat, then the panels would need to be set up with additional struts or brackets. And if your roof is too steep, solar panels probably would not work well and might be almost impossible to install.
How do solar panels affect the environment?
You’ve probably heard about some concerns associated with some sources of alternative energy. Are wind turbines dangerous for birds? Does hydroelectric power adversely affect fish and other river life? When it comes to solar energy, the benefits are enormous and the risks, few. There are almost no greenhouse gas or carbon emissions associated with solar power, and, obviously, its source is not likely to run out any time soon. Unlike energy sources dependent on fossil fuels, no environmental destruction or pollution is associated with solar energy. The only environmental risks appear to be associated with the materials and processes involved in the manufacturing of the panels – far less environmentally dangerous than fossil fuel energy.
What do you need to do to have solar panels installed?
It’s important that you have your solar panels installed by trained and experienced professionals from AMPWRX who will treat your home with care and make sure everything is up to code. Our team will evaluate your home’s solar capacity as well as the condition of your roof and electrical panel to make sure everything will be safe and efficient. They will also make sure you have the necessary permits and other paperwork. Having this done professionally is especially important if you are concerned about voiding a warranty on your roof. While there are some companies that will lease you solar panels, the savings when you purchase them yourself are far greater.
Putting in solar panels is an excellent choice for any homeowner who wants to save money while also reducing their carbon footprint. Getting them installed correctly is important, however. So don’t try to do it yourself. Instead, contact AMPWRX for a free quote.