It is possible for the person possessing moderate do it yourself skills to install the necessary equipment for solar energy panels and help take some of the power load off outside sources. A full home changeover to complete solar power might be well out of the price range of many homeowners especially when including the price of installation into the figures. However, the beauty of do it yourself packages is that the handy homeowner is not limited to just options offered by the installer.
There are various ways to approach the self installation of solar panels. A person who is very skilled might choose to design their own system and install it from the ground up, ordering their parts as they choose. A person with medium level skills might choose a solar energy kit with all the parts included. This can be the best option for those who are unsure about the exact parts needed for the job.
In addition, some segments in the installation will include working with electricity and it is usually wise for the do it your self person who is not a licensed electrician to have one look over their design before they pull that switch. However, in most cases the installation can be handled by a competent artisan with moderate skills. The electrician might be called in after all is set up and ready to go, just as a safety precaution.
If starting out with a small set of panels or panel, the homeowner should consider whether the inverter unit is expandable. Many less expensive ones are not, but then again they can get the homeowner started on the push toward self-sustaining energy. The placement of solar panels is crucial in two ways if they are to be installed on a rooftop.
The first is when installing the panels they must be secured to a rafter or joist. Panels that are improperly secured risk blowing away and the loss of the system. Any item meant to remain stable is attached to a joist or secure portion of the frame and solar panels are intended to remain in one position. A laser sight or chalk line will provide a guide to keeping the panels in a straight line as they are installed.
Positioning of the panels is crucial and they should be facing the direction which has the most sun during the day. Anything that might obscure the sun from the panels such as tree branches should be cut away. If buildings shade the panel during the day they lessen the efficiency of the solar unit. If nearby buildings might shade the solar units then the homeowner should inspect the other side of the roof for possible placement.
There are initiatives and rebates available in many states for those who choose to install renewable energy sources in their homes. To make the solar panels more affordable a homeowner considering these renewable energy sources should investigate both state and federal options for financing or rebates. There are some programs which offer to spread out the cost of solar installation over 20 years.
Not every homeowner can or even wants to install their own solar panels, it can make these short term expenses much more affordable and allow a family to take the plunge into renewable energy. Installation costs are not the majority of the expense to solar panels but the extra savings can help with tight family budgets. The last point to make is that though self installation is possible, a homeowner should be confident in their ability to do it correctly, because any errors will not be reimbursable by the installer.