If the world at large doesn’t change the way it consumes energy, it won’t be long until our fossil fuels run dry. The latest projections estimate that we have just over 50 years left of natural gas and oil reserves and 110 years of coal. What’s going to happen if we run dry before the world makes a serious effort towards green energy?
The more we invest in sustainable and renewable energy now, the better off our world will be in the coming years. However, change does require adaptation. For example, there are many things to think about before installing solar panels.
Things to Consider Before Installing Solar Panels
With coal reserves running dry, do you really want to contribute to depleting this rare fossil fuel? Additionally, as coal becomes more sparse, you can bet energy costs are going to soar.
The best thing we can do as a race (of humans) is to make a global effort towards large-scale renewable energy. You can start by installing solar panels in your home. However, solar energy isn’t as powerful and seemingly infinite as city power, so you’ll have to make some considerations.
1. How Much Power Do You Want to Pull?
First, how much power do you want to generate from your solar panels? Are you going to power your entire house or start small?
It takes about 16 solar panels and an equivalent battery bank to power an average home of 1,500 square feet. You can invest upfront or start slow and build up as you go.
2. What is the Climate of Your Location?
Next, what type of weather and climate does your area experience? There are only so many hours of usable sunlight for solar panels in the day, which varies depending on your location. It also changes drastically during the winter.
Proper solar installation means anticipating weather factors such as cloudy days, fewer sun hours during winters, etc.
3. How Big of a Battery Bank Do You Want?
Your battery bank needs to coincide with your solar panels, which coincides with how much power you’ll need for the home. You need to think about high energy pulling appliances such as anything with a heating element.
Microwaves, electric ovens, and dryers may all be too much for a modest battery bank. You may want to consider non-electric powered appliances for anything that produces heat.
This includes maintaining a comfortable temperature in the winter and summer months in your home. Air conditioners require a ton of energy to keep a home cool.
4. What is the Shape of Your Roof?
Next, before installing solar panels, consider the shape of your roof. Is it slanted or flat? And how is it oriented in relation to the movement of the sun through the sky?
These are important factors in terms of pulling the maximum amount of energy from the sun as possible on a day to day basis.
5. What’s Your Budget?
Finally, consider your budget. While solar systems aren’t as expensive as they used to be, you’ll need to make sure you account for all of the expenses.
We highly recommend never installing solar panels, batteries, converters, inverters, or wiring on your own. It’s a complex system and just as dangerous as working with traditional electricity. Additionally, any small mistake in wiring could fry expensive components of your system.
Therefore, consider the costs of the components and professional installment.
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