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Solar Panels For Your Home – Which Panels To Buy

By David Thorpe

There is a lot to consider when deciding which solar panels for your home. The investment is important as it is going to provide cheap energy for your household and save you money on energy bills. However there are new technologies and factors such as the location of your house which all affect how the system will work and whether the investment ends up being worth it. This is not a decision to be rushed.

When you start looking into the different types of solar energy you will see that the systems broadly fall into two categories. You will have to choose whether to install a system to heat water or generate electricity. There are advantages to each type of system.

Solar heating panels or solar collectors will heat water so they take over from the boiler during the day. They convert solar radiation into heat and so do not need direct sunlight. These systems are cheaper to install and can cut household energy bills by approximately fifteen percent. However they cannot be used to heat the house or generate electricity but they are smaller than the other panels.

The other option is panels with photovoltaic cells which can change sunlight into electricity. The space needed is larger than for solar heating panels and they need some direct sunlight. They are also more expensive but some of the cost can be met by Government grants. The panels are modular so it is possible to have some installed and the inner parts of the system and then add panels later. If you live in a place with a lot of sunlight there is a good chance that you will generate more power than you need. In this case you can sell the excess electricity to a power company. This type of system should save your household around thirty percent of electricity costs.

Recent advances in solar power technology have made both systems more efficient so that the amount of heat or power they create from the sunlight is more. For solar heating systems there are now evacuated tubes which collect more heat. If you live in a cold climate you can get them insulated to prevent loss of heat as the day gets cooler.

Photovoltaic panels are now available with three different types of cell. Each new type has become more efficient at generating electricity. Monocrystalline cells are the most efficient with a rating of about fifteen to twenty percent efficiency. However they are of course the most expensive to manufacture and therefore buy.

There are many considerations when choosing solar panels. The number of hours of sunlight, direction of your house, size of the roof will all have a bearing on which system you can have. You will also have to look into your average electricity needs and work out how to meet them. Solar energy will not take over altogether but you should assess whether the savings are worth the investment by working out the likely output.

You will find there are many things to think about when choosing solar panels for your home. It is a good idea to spend some time researching and getting advice from different vendors to make the most of your investment.

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