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Preparing Your Home for Solar Installation

November 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Home & Garden, Top Picks

solarSolar panels will provide you with free energy for your home. However before you get them fitted it makes sense to ensure you’ll get the most out of them. Here are some pointers to ensure you can do just that – and reduce your energy bills in other ways too.

Check the energy usage of your home

solarSome people manage to generate all the power they need from their solar panels, whereas others need to top it up via conventional means. Before your solar panel installation, make sure you become aware of how you use – and lose – energy. Seal gaps around windows and doors; don’t leave things on standby and use as little energy as you can. Becoming more aware will reduce your demands on your energy supply – wherever it comes from.

Make sure your roof is ready for the installation

If your roof is fairly new and in good condition, you should be fine. But if you know it’s on its last legs, it will probably be worth replacing the roof first. If you don’t, you’ll end up having to get the solar panels taken back off and remounted again when the roof is replaced – all of which costs extra money.

solarFind professional solar panel installers to ensure the job is done well

Take your time to find a company that has extensive experience in installing solar panels. Make sure you shop around for a good price too – this can make a big difference when it comes to the price you’ll pay.

Ensure you have the ideal roof space to install the panels on

You need a south facing roof to get the best results. While the panels will still work when facing east or west, they won’t produce as much power as they will when south facing. You also need to consider how big that area of roof is, in order to get the maximum number of panels to generate more power for you. South facing means you’ll get the biggest amount of sunlight possible to hit your panels and provide you with free power.

solarSo you can see there are a number of things to think about before you consider having solar panels fitted. Once you have focused on all the pointers given above, you will find it much easier to look forward to your solar panel installation so you can enjoy your free energy source.

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