As society becomes more environmentally friendly and socially aware, the popularity of alternative sources of energy has soared, no more so than solar power. Solar power doesn’t just save you money; it is a renewable source of energy and an eco-friendly alternative to fossil fuels. This is the reason that many homeowners are installing solar panels in their homes and are now reaping the benefits.
Here are some handy tips to guide you when installing solar panels
Get the information
Like anything, it’s best to know as much information as you can, so do your research before starting this project. Ask yourself if this project is right for you and your home, research websites and forums for more information, and discuss the project with any friends or family who may have installed solar panels.
Pick the correct spot
When you have decided on the most suitable solar panels for your home, choose the area in which you would like to install them. Making sure your desired area has an uninhibited amount of sunlight is vital so rooftops are usually the best location
When it comes to the installation, follow these handy steps to make your project a success:
- For roof installation, firstly, find the rafters of your roof using a stud finder and align the mounts of the panels. Make sure you have aligned the panels evenly across the roof
- Attach the mounts to the roof with steel lag bolts. Use a drill to do this.
- Now it’s time to attach the solar panels. To do this fit them into the mounts and again attach with steel bolts
- Attach each cell to the combiner box through their respective circuits
- Complete the job by attaching both the negative and positive combiner cables to the AC/DC inverter
Get the best deal
If you decide that you don’t want to carry out the project yourself there are companies who will do it for you. Although the concept of solar panels in the home is relatively new, there are many companies out there that specialize in this kind of project. It’s always best to get at least three quotes before deciding to sign a contract, so shop around. Remember to check if the company you decide to use is a member of the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MSG); this is the governing body for companies who carry out alternative power installations.
Bio: This article was provided by MyRedlandRoof, a UK based roofing company with over 90 years’ experience