Residential solar energy systems utilize a clean and renewable resource, the sun, to provide a reliable alternative energy solution for you and your home. The systems convert direct sunlight into electricity, which is then used to power the home and its various appliances. This technology has made some pretty outstanding leaps over the past decade or so, and all signs point to the technology continuing to get better and develop over time. What was once a commodity is now a viable option. It is time to take advantage of it.
The systems have become much more efficient and have begun to save homeowners much more money, even in areas which are not known for their sunlight or on properties which do not have a ton of room to install larger solar energy systems. The question becomes, then, is a residential solar energy system a viable option for you and your home?
The answer is almost always, at least in the present, yes. The number of homes which are not ideal for residential solar energy systems like the ones seen are decreasing all the time. While the initial cost of a PV (photovoltaic) can sometimes scare homeowners away, it should not if you see the system as an investment. The money spent will be money saved down the road, which makes this a viable investment.
Many other homeowners will look at the various and often significant rebates and tax breaks being made available to homeowners by local, state, and federal governments in exchange for purchasing and installing residential solar energy systems as added benefits, as well. Furthermore, many energy providers are willing to provide you with credits for these installations, as it will lower the drain on their own grid. They are also often given additional incentives from the various levels of government for an increase in the number of alternative energy systems being added to homes on their grid. This does, of course, require you to have a professionally installed solar energy system and not one you attempt to install on your own. The energy companies do not trust or rely on do it yourself systems, and you should not, either.
Many factors will need to be taken into account when determining if your home is right for a solar energy system. One of the simple questions to get the answer to is “Do you live in an area where (assuming you own your home, of course) you are even allowed to have a residential solar energy system installed?” This might sound crazy, but some Home Owners Associations have actually blocked homes from installing these systems in the past. This might not be the case for much longer however; government action has already been taken to prevent these associations from blocking such environmentally friendly moves in the future.
Another question to answer is “Do I live in a region where it makes sense to install a solar energy system?” The answer to this question is probably yes, but it is important to be sure. You do not have to live in California or Florida any longer, but you should probably not live in an area which sees little to no sunlight for extended periods of time. Also, you should ask, does my home have the required space for the type of residential solar energy system that my home will need? While these systems are not nearly as large or space consuming as they used to be in years past, they still do need a certain amount of space. And if you have limited roof or other space with access to sunlight, you want to be sure of your options.