Why should I switch to Solar?
There is no doubt that solar panels can have multiple advantages to the average homeowner.
Alongside their various positive effects; in helping to provide an alternative to fossil fuels and adding value to homes and commercial properties, another key benefit of using solar power is the potential to save significant amounts on your annual electricity bills.
Size, Space and Savings
A few things to consider when researching how solar panels can best save you money include:
- the size and space that you have available
- how much energy the solar system that you install will be able to produce
- the expected amount
Doing your sums
The unit used for measuring electricity consumption (and production) is kilowatt hours (kWh). Although there are obvious variations with seasons (including factors such as air conditioning or heating) as well as family size, homes generally use approximately 20kWh per day (solar power consumption and approximate wattage cost calculations generously provided by Adelaide solar company, greenlifesolar.com.au)
If you want to do some initial research without consulting a specific engineer, it’s simple to calculate how you can make solar panels work for you by inputting details including your current electricity bill per quarter into an online solar calculator.
You can then gauge an accurate idea of the exact amount of solar panels you’ll need to reduce your bill as well as learning the size of the inverter you will need.
Start Saving with Solar
Estimates for savings are usually based on a household consuming 30-70% of the solar produced over a year. However the remaining solar is not wasted, moreover it can in fact be sold back to the grid.
As a rough guide, a 2.0kW system (requiring 8 panels) could produce up to 14kWh per day in Summer – resulting in annual savings of over $500.
If this was increased to a 5.0kW system which would require 20 panels, production could increase to 35kWh per day in Summer months with annual savings rocketing up to over $2000.
The majority of homes would require, and reap the most benefits, from either a 2kW or 4kW system. For larger homes or more commercial properties, this could be increased to up to 6kW.
The Bottom Line:
By harnessing the maximum amount of solar power possible, the amount available is always kept at an optimum level for usage throughout your home.
This will quickly lead to substantial savings and it is likely that solar systems will pay for themselves efficiently longer term.