Switching over to solar energy is something that everyone should do, but one thing that holds many people back is the fact that they believe it is something that is too expensive to get going with. While purchasing solar power panels will be one of the costs that you will incur when switching to solar power, there are other things which will have to be purchased and there are ways to save cash. In this post we are going to be checking out a number of the different expenses involved to switching to solar and also how you can save money while doing this.
The initial thing I would like to mention is you can actually buy complete solar panel products that will include almost everything you’re going to need in order to get started. One thing I ought to point out is that when you invest in these complete systems, there’s one thing that is not included and those are the batteries to be able to store the energy you don’t use. The quantity of batteries you’re going to need is going to be depending on the size of the solar panel system you plan on building and the quantity of electricity you wind up using every day. You’re going to want to invest in deep cycle batteries and you’re going to find that you’ll be able to find these just about anywhere and the cost is about $100 each.
If you choose to purchase the complete system, you are going to discover that it is going to run you anywhere between $500 and $20,000 with regards to the size of the system you purchase. With regards to purchasing the solar panels themselves you are going to find that you can actually buy a 100 W panel for about $300. For those individuals who are just looking to cut their electricity costs or power their home if they have a small home and they are the only ones living there, 3 or 4 solar panels should be more than enough panels. As for people who have a larger home and a larger family, in order to create all the electricity you need you may need between 15 and 20 solar panels.
Once you have your solar energy panels and batteries you will need a few other a items in order to make your system complete and that will be a power inverter and also a charge controller. Something I ought to point out is that I can’t actually supply you with a precise cost for a power inverter, mainly because according to what size power inverter you need, will depend on exactly how much you have to pay for the inverter.
Normally, you can set up a little solar panel system, if you buy everything separately for about $1500 in order to get started. In relation to installing the system you may possibly find that if you have to hire out to have this done there is going to be more money involved, but you can find information on the internet to show you how to hook this up yourself.