Davis Canning says his power bills have dropped $100-$150 a month since installing solar panels in his home, two years ago. He says that his bills are always lower and in some summer months they don’t have any bill at all. However solar power does not automatically mean the end of power bills.
Here are some important things to consider before switching to solar:
What are your expectations?
Solar sytems have decreased in price in recent years and are continuing to do so. Solarcity chief executive Andrew Booth says that if paid for outright, homeowners could expect to cover costs of installation within nine to ten years. After this point you could expect to have free daytime power and your power bill should decrease by roughly 30%.
What solar power system will be suitable for your home?
It is important that you find the right system for your home. Contrary to popular belief, its not about have the maximum number of panels on your roof. If you have too many panels then you wont be able to use all the energy you have generated – therefore you will be spending more than you are saving. If you have too few panels then you wont be maximising your solar potential.
How much power could your home produce and how much does it use?
Those with grid-tied systems can sell back excessive energy to their power company for the price they would pay other wholesale power generators. Real money saving occurs only if you are able to use the power as it is generated. Canning says that solar power works well for his household as he and his wife are both retired, and someone is always at home during the day. They make the most of this by setting their washing machine, dishwasher and dryer to go one at a time during the day.
It is important to buy a high quality system, installed by a qualified installer. It’ll take many years to cover the cost of installation so you will need to invest in a system that is going to last for at least that period of time.
Lucky for you, we have created a system that combines all of these factors, and will help you find the perfect system for your home. Simply click here, and use our system calculator to find out what will work best for your home.
Information supplied by Susan Edmunds, The Dominion Post