Installing solar panels is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while reducing your monthly utility bills. The first step to take when planning a solar energy project is to calculate how many panels it will take to power your home. This calculation is the key factor in determining how much you need to invest to convert your home to solar power. You can easily determine how many solar panels your home needs by using an electric bill to answer a few simple questions.
What’s your current wattage usage?
Use your electric bill for December to calculate your daily average electricity usage in watts. Look at the usage for each month on the bill, total up the kilowatt-hours used for the year, and divide by 365 to calculate your average electricity usage. Multiply that number by a thousand and you’ll arrive at your watts per day.
A key factor in your energy usage is how energy efficient your home is. Keeping up with routine maintenance prevents things like air leaks, water leaks, and roof damage, all of which can affect how much electricity your home consumes. Plenty of common household repairs are weekend DIY projects, such as the installation of shelving in the living room or laying a tile backsplash in the kitchen. Larger home improvement projects may require the help of pros, such as roof repair.
Tony Clifton offers homeowners advice on three home maintenance needs to keep up with to retain the home’s value, and one of them is roof repair. Replacing a roof is expensive but it’s worth it, especially if you live somewhere with high winds, heavy rains, or hurricanes. Missing shingles could result in costly water damage. It’s a good idea to invest in a new roof if it’s showing signs of age, requires too much repair, or hasn’t been well maintained.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and investing in upgrades is a great way to increase the value of your home. Liven up the kitchen with fragrant indoor floor plants in decorative pots. Get crafty with the layout of your drawers and utility space to maximize the usable space. Improve your landscaping by laying new mulch, planting shrubs, decorating your walkway with moss accents, and ensuring your yard is clean of debris.
What are the peak sunlight hours in your area?
Solar energy systems rely on the sun to capture electricity. The amount of sunlight your home receives is another key factor in determining how many solar panels you need. Divide your daily watt usage by the number of daily peak sunlight hours you have to calculate the amount of energy your solar panels would need to capture during each peak sunlight hour.
A great way to increase home value in a location with ample sunlight is to improve your outdoor living space. Routine maintenance keeps your home in good shape, while home improvement projects are a good way to get a higher asking price when you’re ready to sell. Veralyn Media suggests several easy ways to improve your curb appeal and make a great first impression on potential buyers. Rid your rain gutters of debris, paint the front door, fix any cracks in the driveway, or install new lanterns on the porch.
A great way to upgrade your backyard and be the envy of the neighborhood is to build a pool. You can create an attractive outdoor living space that adds usable square feet to your home. Build a deck or patio, install a pergola, hang some string lights, put up a hammock, install a fire pit, or get ambitious with an outdoor kitchen. Remodeling the kitchen or bathroom is also a great way to create a new aesthetic appeal to your interior.
How many solar panels will you need?
You can determine how many solar panels your home requires by dividing the watts you need to generate per sunlight hour by the rating of the panels. Different panels have different watt ratings which determine how many panels you need to generate enough solar energy to power your home.
You’ll want to hire an expert contractor to install your solar energy system. Switching to renewable energy is a great way to save on your utility bills, reduce your home’s carbon footprint, increase the value of your home, and take advantage of solar incentives and tax credits. Intelligent Design Air Conditioning & Plumbing has years of experience providing solar system installation, plumbing, and HVAC services to homeowners. The solar energy contractor of your choosing will have the expertise to bring your solar technology plans to fruition.
Once you can answer these questions you move forward with your solar roof project, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve made a great choice both for your home and for the planet.