Provide Better Lighting for Your Entire Home Using Solar Panels

Interested in utilizing one of the greenest, cost-effective forms of energy production to light up your home? Solar energy has come a long way and it is now an effective mainstream power supply option. When you’re determining how to best power your home’s lighting system, solar energy should be at the top of your list.

Why Solar Energy?

Solar energy is renewable and saves you money in the long run.

After installing solar panels, you will see an immediate drop in your electricity bill. Not only will you save money, but you can also make money. There are many government energy incentives out there that pay you to install solar panels. The availability of these incentives depends on where you live in the US.

Also, solar energy increases your property value. Homes with solar panels sell for more which makes your investment worth it.

Finally, you will no longer depend on the electric grid in your area. No matter what, your home will always be lit up!

Solar Energy To Light Up Your Home

Solar Panel Installation

Installing solar panels can be complicated. Here is a brief overview of what the process entails.

  1. Ensure that your roof receives sunlight during 10 am – 2 pm (when the sun shines the brightest.)
  2. Acquire a permit for the installation of solar panels on your home.
  3. Search for the right solar installation company. The company should install the panels themselves. Also, it should be licensed and offer a great warranty.

The average cost in the US is currently $17,000. Solar panels can also be leased to cut down on the initial investment.

How Much Solar Energy Will You Need?

An average home in the U.S. currently uses 45 light bulbs.

45 is a large number, which is why it’s so important to use LED light bulbs as opposed to traditional ones. Why? Because LED light bulbs use only 1/6th of the wattage as an incandescent light bulb.

You don’t have to compromise on your home design while using LEDs. There are light fixtures manufacturers who make stylish light fixtures with built-in LED bulbs.

One LED light bulb uses around 8-12 watts per day. This means that an average home uses 360 – 450 watts per day of energy for lights. A solar panel can produce 250 watts per hour. If the solar panel is powered by the sun for four hours, that means that it produces around 1,000 watts a day. This means that an average American home only needs one solar panel to cover its light usage.

Typically, a 2,000 square foot home will install between 12-18 solar panels if they are powering their entire home. If you are only interested in using solar power for your home’s lighting, then 1-2 panels will typically suffice. This number varies widely, however, depending on energy usage and the environment. Contact solar power companies to determine the exact number of solar panels you will need.

Solar Panel Batteries

Batteries are needed for solar panels because the weather is always changing and on cloudy days, you’re still going to need a source of energy.

To determine how many batteries you will need for your system, determine your solar panel output as described in the step above. Once you’ve calculated the output, multiply this number by three to determine the size of your battery bank.

Store batteries in a dry place, such as a garage.

Alternative Solar Powered Lighting

Solar power LED lighting fixtures are another smart option if you don’t want to invest in solar panels.

LED lighting fixtures come in both outdoor and indoor varieties, so you can pick which option works best for you. These lighting fixtures have tiny solar panels on them that absorbs the sun’s rays during the day and convert it into energy that illuminates their bulbs at night.

There are even light fixtures available that are skylights during the day, and regular indoor lights at night through the usage of energy it has collected during the day. Keep this option in mind when picking out lighting fixtures.

Return on Investment

The installation of solar panels will save your home tens of thousands of dollars. Many homes will spend much less on solar panels than if they were buying electricity from the grid.

The average solar panel savings are around $30,000 in three of the most inhabited states in the US. Hawaii, District of Columbia and New York are the states that offer the highest return on investment. Indiana, North Dakota, and Mississippi offer the worst ROI.

Solar Energy Cons

Solar energy is expensive, however, the installation prices have come down in years recent.

Power from the sun is also not consistent. Some days are just not sunny which is why backup battery systems are needed.

With solar panels installed, you may also need to go up to check your roof more often than usual. Check our tips for doing so safely.

The pros of solar energy far outweigh the cons, however, and solar panels are still a smart investment in your home.

Tesla Solar Power

Tesla solar roofs are a new way to utilize solar energy. The panels are sleek and resemble a normal roof. However, Tesla requires the installation of a whole new roof.

A Tesla solar roof costs $21.85 per square foot, and an average American roof is 1,500 square feet. It gives us an average price tag of around $33,000. Meanwhile, the average solar panel installation cost is just $17,000.

Therefore, Tesla roofs are for those who have larger budgets and in a need of a new roof.

Final Words

Light up your home with solar energy! We at Reilly Roofing and Gutters, a roofing contractor in Denton, TX, know that solar power is clean and renewable, and the sun is a great source of energy. Solar panels are expensive to install, but, you will save money in the long run. Light fixtures with built-in LEDs will help you to use solar power effectively and in style.

Solar power is the future!

 

Nadya J. is an entrepreneur and a blogger behind a popular blog about Allen+Roth brand by Lowe’s. She and her husband Brett tell their readers about home improvements they do at their home that is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. In the blog, Nadya and Brett share styling tips along with home renovation tricks using their favorite brand.

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