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Solar panels have quickly become one of the most popular forms of renewable energy nationwide. These sustainable devices can now be seen in use at a variety of businesses, school districts, and other public locations striving to keep their energy consumption at a healthy level.

Now, even home owners can implement solar panel technology into their homes, utilizing solar energy to power household appliances in lieu of standard electricity. This practice is a great way to lead a “greener” lifestyle, but at the same time, it can be intimidating and uncomfortable to approach if you are unaware of its basic fundamentals.

To aid you in your handling of solar energy technology, here is a quick FAQ grounded in this exciting environmental resource.

 

Why should I switch to solar energy at home?

There are a variety of benefits to installing an at-home solar panel system, ranging from direct personal benefits to benefits impacting the world around you. For starters, solar energy will significantly lower your monthly electricity costs. In some cases, solar panels can produce more electricity than what might be needed in a month, bringing your net electric costs to 0 (though you will likely still incur a minor connection fee to remain in the overall electricity grid). Your at-home solar system will also give you peace of mind knowing you are powering your home without added environmental harm. If you are new to sustainable living, perhaps this lifestyle decision will put similar actions into motion down the line.

 

How will installation work?

A typical residential solar system installation process takes roughly 50 hours to complete, with about 40 hours dedicated to roof-based work and another 10 hours spend on work inside the house. This duration may seem like a drawn-out hassle, but it is a necessary process that will ensure your solar system is functional, effective, and protected against potential bugs down the line (remember, if you commit to a solar system and it malfunctions, you will be left without power, past a certain point, until you spend more money to have it fixed).

The cost of your solar installation will depend heavily on the size your desired system and the size and location of your home. Luckily, there are a variety of websites where you can quickly get a solar energy quote.

 

What about long-term maintenance?

Once you have installed your solar system, maintenance of this system will likely also vary depending on your home’s location. If you live in an area with excessive snowfall, for instance, you may need to take unique measures to keep panels free of accumulated snow. Luckily, most solar panels are designed to endure a variety of extreme weather conditions.

Otherwise, solar panels should not require too much regular maintenance (outside of periodic cleaning and protection from other environmental factors and hazards, such as felled trees or nesting animals). For good measure, you should inspect and clean your solar panels at least once per year.