Six Mistakes That Could Detract From The Effectiveness Of Your Solar Design

Posted on: 20 December 2019

A solar panel installation in your home can save you a lot of money over time when it comes to powering your home. However, there are a lot of potential mistakes you can make when switching over to solar that could detract from the effectiveness of your system.

The following are six mistakes to avoid that could detract from how effective your home's solar panel system is at powering your home and saving you money:

Running appliances on standby mode

If you want to have all of your electricity needs met by your solar panels, you should eliminate any unnecessary electricity.

Appliances and electronics put in standby mode will still consume electricity even though they're not being used. You should completely turn such devices off rather than running them in standby mode to make electricity consumption in your home more efficient.

Sizing your system improperly

Numerous factors impact what the appropriate size is for a solar panel system in a home. These include how efficient the individual panels are, what the square footage of the home is, and what type of climate the home is located in. 

Discuss system size with your solar panel provider and make sure you arrive upon a system design that is appropriate for your size needs. 

Not crunching the numbers regarding consumption

Some households consume more electricity than others. You need to do an energy audit of your home before having a solar system installed.

An energy audit doesn't just give you an idea of how much electricity your household consumes; it can also show you opportunities to reduce consumption and make your home more efficient.

Consuming a lot of electricity at night

A solar system obviously produces more electricity during the day when the sun is shining. It's, therefore, a good idea if you're going solar to start focusing your appliance use during the daylight hours and avoiding excessive energy consumption at night. 

Not cutting back on electricity consumption for a time after your system is installed

It's always a good idea to temporarily reduce electricity consumption in your home right after your solar system is installed. This allows you to get a feel for how much power your system is going to produce before you put heavier demands on it. 

Being unaware of solar subsidies

If an important reason you're switching to solar is to save money, then you should do your research on solar subsidies. 

The government wants to encourage people to switch to solar and other alternative energies for the sake of the environment. Therefore, there are various tax credits, rebates, and Department of Energy incentives that save households a considerable amount of money when they switch to solar.

Make sure you research all federal, state, and local incentives you can take advantage of to get back more money for the investment you make in solar.