Choosing the Right-Sized Solar-Energy System for Your Home

| 4/14/2016 9:17:00 AM

Tags: solar power, home energy, energy efficiency, Simone Garneau, Quebec, Canada,

Solar Panel Size

Solar energy is growing in popularity, especially as solar equipment prices fall and the cost of electricity continues to rise in most parts of the country. In a previous article, I discussed how to determine if switching to solar energy makes financial sense for you (while solar energy will save many homeowners money in the long run, it is not necessarily a good economic decision for everyone just yet).

Let’s assume that you have decided to go solar. The next question you may be asking is “how do I choose the right size solar photovoltaic (PV) system for my home?”

In addition to determining how much solar energy you can produce where you live, there are a number of other factors to consider, such as the amount of electricity you use, the size, orientation and design of your roof, and the state/municipal/utility policies that affect the cost of going solar.

Ultimately, a qualified solar installer will need to come to your home and go over the particularities of your situation with you, but it’s always a good idea to have a better understanding of the situation before this stage, so that you can follow the discussion and ask the right questions.

Electricity Use

One of the first things to consider is how much electricity you typically use, and how it varies with the seasons. For example, do you have an air conditioner that runs at full blast in the summer, or do you heat your home with electric baseboard heaters during the cold winter months?

4/16/2016 1:08:09 PM

There's no question about whether a solar panel system will save you money over the long term. It's not an "if" it's a "how much". How much you save largely depends on which solar installer you use. It definitely pays to shop around. Nick Tedesco

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