Is Solar Right for Me?
Mar 01, 2010 | Solar & Renewables
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A solar photovoltaic (PV) system can be a cost-cutting addition toyour home. Installing a solar PV system to generate electricity isa big go-green step that also insures a fixed price for your futureelectricity bills. Read on to learn if a solar PV system can workfor you.
You're a good candidate for solar if your electricity bills arehigh and your house has a southern exposure - southeastern orsouthwestern is fine, too. Don't worry if your weather isn'tperfect. For example, San Francisco's notorious fogginess mightseem like a deal breaker, but Bay Area homes are excellentcandidates for solar power. Most of the country gets greatsunshine!
Solar PV systems are usually installed on the roof. You'll needabout 100 square feet per kilowatt, and most homes need a 2- to4-kW system. So look for 200 to 400 square feet of southern roofexposure to get the energy of our long summer days. The preferredarea will have very little shading.
Your solar installer can also help you evaluate your roof. Someroofing materials are better for installation than others, butinnovations in solar technology mean more homes than ever beforecan go solar. Older roofs might benefit from a re-roofing beforeinstalling the solar panels. If you need to re-roof once the systemis installed, simply have the panels removed, re-roof, and thenre-install the panels.
If your roof isn't a good candidate, you may be able to do aground-mount system instead.
Not every home is ready for a solar PV system, but don't bediscouraged. Solar hot water systems need much less roof area, and bettertolerate shading.
Thinking of going solar? WattzOn can help. Here are your steps:
1) Check our solar calculator tolearn how much you can save with solar.
2) Read "SixReasons to Go Solar" for more information
3) Call WattzOn! We're happy to talk through solar with you, andconnect you to a qualified and vetted solar installer.
Want to talk about solar in your home? Have questions?
Speak with a WattzOn Solar Energy Consultant. It's free. Call1-800-314-5997
WattzOn is your free source of independent, expert information onsolar and other ways to save energy. We don't sell windows,furnaces, solar systems,.... or anything else for that matter. Whatwe do provide is informed and unbiased guidance on your best solaroptions. We can also talk with you about other ways to save energyand money, and how to make your home more green. Call us! -- we'reready to talk about how solar might work in your home. WattzOn hasa network of Preferred Solar Installers -- let us introduceyou!
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