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Use Solar Energy Efficiently

Oct 12

 

Over my 15 years in the solar energy industry, I have developed a strong passion for helping others gain access to cost-effective solar energy. After all, with summer heating up in Northern Arizona, it’s easy to see why people are turning to solar panel systems as a quick, easy, and affordable way to reduce their monthly electricity bills cut their monthly CO2 emissions, and go green!

 

Before considering solar panels, research how much electricity you use

Before you even consider solar panels, it's important to research how much electricity you use. This will help you determine what size of solar panel installation you need and how much it will cost. For instance, if you have an average electric bill of $100 per month, a solar panel installation for your house should be about 7 kilowatts. If that's too expensive for your budget (or if the roof on your house is not in the sun enough), then solar lights are an excellent way to get started with solar energy! Solar lights give off just enough light while only costing around $30 or less each. These can be placed inside or outside your home as needed.

 

Once you know how much electricity you use, you can calculate your savings potential

If you're in the market for a new solar system, the first thing you need to do is figure out how much electricity you use.

You can determine this by looking at your utility bills.

For example, if your monthly bill averages $100, that means that each month you use about 10 kWh of electricity (since 1000 kWh = 1 MWh).

To find out how much power your house needs, divide your energy usage by the average daily hours of sunlight in your area.

 

Consider all the costs of installing solar panels

When it comes to solar panels, there are many costs involved, and it's important to understand them all before you decide whether or not solar energy is the best option for your situation. The first step is going over your budget and deciding how much you can afford in upfront costs. Solar panel installation costs vary depending on some factors, so you must know what your budget will cover before you get too far into planning. Solar panel installation prices typically include things like labor, equipment, and material costs, as well as government fees.

Solar panels do eventually wear out after years of use, but with good maintenance, they'll last much longer than other options like wood or metal siding. A solar panel cost calculator helps figure out exactly what your solar power system will cost based on size and quality level.

 

Now that you know all the costs, decide whether it makes financial sense for you

One thing that always frustrates me is when people say solar power is so expensive. It’s not! If you do your research and take the time to find out what it costs and what your energy usage looks like, you will see that solar panels are a great investment. And in the long run, they will save you money on your energy bills. So if you’re thinking about installing solar panels at your house or business, don’t let cost get in the way of making this decision for yourself. The costs may be more than you think but remember: after all those initial expenses are paid off (usually over 10 years), you'll never have to pay another bill for electricity again. And yes-this includes air conditioning during the summer months too!

Choose a company to install your solar energy system

Flagstaff Solar Panel Company is a great choice for the installation and maintenance of your solar energy system. They have many years of experience and are the only company in Arizona that is certified by the National Electric Code. They can also help you with any questions or concerns you may have about using your solar energy system. Stuart McPherson has over 20 years of experience as an expert in home improvement, repairs, new construction, remodeling, and landscaping. He's on the Board of Directors for NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) and on his team at Flagstaff Solar Panel Company.

Whether it's commercial or residential, Stuart McPherson will take care of everything from start to finish!