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    Is Your House Suited For Home Solar Panels?

    If you are interested in home solar panels, you should check if your roof or property is suited for an installation. Check if there is enough sun, if roof orientation and pitch are adequate and if you need planning permission.

    First of all, you need a sunny place to place the solar panels. Areas which are constantly overshadowed by other buildings or trees are not suited for home solar panels. If there is only little shade from time to time you can still buy solar panels for your home although they will generate less energy.

    Solar Panels For Your Home Require An Adequate Roof

    Before you install home solar panels on your roof, you have to consider if it is suited for them. The ideal roof should face within 90 degrees of south. A roof that is too steep might not be adequate for solar panels for your home and you should definitely make sure that your roof is able to take the weight of home solar panels. If you have doubts consult a professional installation service- they will recommend you the right solar panels for your home.

    Planning Permissions For Home Solar Panels

    Furthermore you should check if you need planning permission for the installation. Usually you will not need permission if you just want to install a small array of solar panels but it is always best to check first. For certain buildings or bigger arrays check with a local planning officer.

    Size of Home Solar Panels

    To calculate the adequate size of solar panels for your home it is not enough to only take location into account. You must also know how much power your building consumes on average.
    Solar panels for your home can generate enough electricity to power the refrigerator, lights, computers, TVs and similar appliances. You would require home solar panels measuring about 285 square feet to produce enough solar power that would cost around $16,000. As the sun does not shine all the time, you would also need to buy a solar battery and a solar inverter.

    Reduce Your Energy Consumption and Save Money With Your Home Solar Panels

    Solar panels for your home which are able to power a small room air conditioner would have to be even bigger. But you can reduce electricity consumption in order to cut the size of your home solar panels and save costs. For example you could use a laptop computer instead of a desktop computer and monitor, use fluorescent lights and a smaller, but more efficient refrigerator. Adaption of your energy needs could reduce power consumption significantly in the long run and reduce the size of solar panels necessary to provide power for your home.

    Written by: Christian Märtel, Editor