Buying solar panels and building the system should be as easy as counting 1, 2, 3. That’s a possibility if you’ve got all the information you need to complete this task. However, for a newbie who’s just sparked their interest in the future of energy consumption, there are a few things that are considered the usual mistakes made when switching to solar energy. In the video below, it will discuss the Top 7 Mistakes People Make When They Install Solar Panels Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHOulpxI4Us
1. Confusing Daylight Hours with Sun Hours A Sun Hour is a specific unit of measurement used in solar that defines the period in a day where the solar panels are at its highest efficiency. A daylight is not to be confused with this because longer daylights does not mean that it equates to the amount of sunlight your solar panels will absorb.
2. Underestimating Your Power Consumption Not a lot of us know how much energy is consumed by your appliances or gadgets. Knowing your electricity consumption, either through manual computation, through an energy guide or even with the help of a professional, will help determine how big your solar panel system should be and whether it would be able to compensate your home’s energy needs.
3. Not Managing Your Energy Usage First Sometimes, people would think that switching to solar power will help them increase their energy usage without adding an extra to their electricity bill. However, this isn’t the responsible way of doing it. Installing a solar panel energy system should not be used as a mask for your bad habits when it comes to energy consumption. As simple as checking on your appliances and making some conservative upgrades like switching to inverter-technology home equipment should show a significant decrease in your electricity bill, leaving you with no reason to spending outright purchases of solar panel system altogether.
4. Setting Unreasonable Expectations Whatever your reasons are for switching to solar energy, consumers should really have a good understanding of how it works and whether it would be able to support your home’s energy needs. A 100-watt solar power kit will not be able to supply electricity to a 600-Watt refrigerator, given that your fridge runs 24/7 and your solar panels only work when the peak sun hours is available. Best to start with something small like lights and go your way up as you learn more.
5. Bad Solar Panel Installation Not giving enough thought to how you are going to mount your solar panel system in your home greatly influence its effectivity. Where you mount your system play a role in all of the considerations that would go into how your solar panel will work and if it will work efficiently.
6. Taking A Deal That’s Too Good To Be True Sales personels who are after the money and commission they would get with every solar panel sales would have the tendency to go overboard with the offers that they can provide you. From a simple promise that using solar panels would completely eliminate your electricity bills up to giving you your “free” solar panel system, these ridiculous offers would often come with a fine print. Chances are if you give in to their very enticing offer, you’d get tied up with an offer that would end up costing you more than you have saved. Always remember “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.”
7. Buying Before Defining Your Load Buying your solar panel system without a clue on how you’re going to use it will make you lose more money if you don’t get to resolve that problem. Even though the deal that they offer is legit and budget-friendly, it’s still best to put off buying at a later time and investing more on studying and researching on important things that you need to learn once you have actually decided to switch to using solar panels. Seeking professional help and asking people who has undergone the same experience will also help in answering your questions faster. While these mistakes would almost make anyone not want to switch to using solar panel systems altogether, it is given as a precautionary step to ensure that your decision to “going green” will not be put to waste and with yield a more positive outcome.