While many people still rely on electricity for power, more and more people have chosen solar power panels. Solar power panels come with many benefits, but they may not be the right choice for everyone. If you would like to know more about solar power panels and if they are good for your home, keep reading.
What Are Solar Power Panels?
Solar power panels take sunlight and turn it into electrical energy. They use photovoltaic panels, which absorb light, which creates energy that goes to batteries or thermal storage. You can use this energy to power your lights, run your appliances, or heat and cool your home.
What Are the Benefits of Solar Power Panels?
Solar panels are a major investment in your home. However, they offer many benefits. For starters, in the long run, you will save money by installing solar power. Depending on how much power they generate, you may even be able to become energy independent, spending nothing on your energy bills. If you have excess energy, you can even sell it back to make money off your solar panels.
In addition, solar power panels are a green energy. This means they do not negatively impact the environment like gas and coal. In addition, solar is a renewable energy, so you do not reduce limited resources and can lower your carbon footprint.
Is Your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Power Panels?
For your solar panels to work, they need plenty of direct sunlight. Luckily, Texas has lots of sunny days, but if your roof has lots of tree coverage or shade from taller buildings, solar panels may not generate much energy, making them a poor investment. Do not forget to consider your current energy bill. If you already have a low energy bill, solar panels may not be the best option.
If your roof is old, consider roof replacement first to prevent further damage. Similarly, solar panels work better on certain roofing materials, like asphalt shingles. Solar panels do best when installed on south-facing roofs. This puts them in the best position to capture the most sunlight.
How Much Do Solar Power Panels Cost?
The exact cost of your solar power system depends on the number of panels and the size of the system. A small system, which probably will not provide enough energy to become energy independent, costs about $10,000 to $15,000. If you want to become energy-efficient, you may need to spend closer to $45,000 or more.
However, some tax rebates are available so you can recoup some of the money quickly. Depending on how much energy you use and how much the system generates, you can recoup that investment with energy savings. Plus, if you sell back some of the energy, you can recoup more money faster.
How Do You Maintain Solar Power Panels?
Solar panels should be left alone once they are installed. Luckily, this means they do not need much maintenance. Typically, you just need to make sure they are clean and clear. If the panel gets too dirty or debris falls on it, it absorbs less sunlight. If they need repairs or major maintenance, contact a professional so you do not damage the system further.
Solar power is a great option, especially in a climate like Texas. It is expensive to get started, but once you generate your own energy, you may be able to fully cut your energy bill. If you would like to know more about solar power panels or get a quote on a system for your home, contact us at STX Roofing today. We look forward to helping you!