Solar Roof Panels

Solar Panels on House RoofSolar roof panels will not only save you money on your electricity costs, but if you install them yourself, you can save even more money.

The installation process is not that hard. You will want to have some help, but otherwise, you can do this project for the cost of materials and the panels. You can attach the solar panels while roofing the home or you can do it to a home that is already roofed, but it will take a little more time.

Things you will need:

    • Solar panels (the number will depend on how much room you have on the roof)
    • Installation kit (lag bolts, conduit, metal rails and 3/8 inch steel bolts)
    • Ladder or scaffolding
    • Tape measure
    • Stud finder
    Drill (pilot drill bit)
    • String or laser light

Before placing the solar panels on the roof, hook up the solar converter in the home. Follow the directions from the manufacturer for installation,

    Step 1

    Determine the type of mounts you will need to install the solar panels. Pick a location that will receive the most sun for the day. In most cases, the sunniest side of the house should have direct sunlight without any obstructions.

    Step 2

    Use the stud finder to find the roof rafters. This is where you are going to place the solar panel mounts. The rafters need to be in good condition to hold the solar panels. Before finding the studs, you should have already checked in the attic to make sure the rafter are in good condition.

    Step 3

    Measure the panels and see where to mount the panels. Use a laser light or string to make your marks. These marks must be aligned and in the right places on each rafter. The solar panels on a sloped roof made be a little harder to keep in place while securing, so two or people will be needed to perform this project.

    Step 4

    Use the drill bit for a pilot hole. This is gong to be where the mounts will go. Then attach the solar panel mounts to the rafters. Use the lag bolts to make sure the mounts are secure. With the 3/8 inch bolts, attach the rails for the solar panels. Make sure that the lag bolts and the 3/8 bolts are tight and secure.

    Step 5

    Place the solar panels on the rails and make sure they are aligned properly. Secure the panels and test for stability. This is the most important step. You do not want to let go of the solar panel until both sides are secure.

    Step 6

    The converter in your house should already be set. Run the conduit from the panels to the converter. Make sure to secure the conduit so that it does not come loose in any weather conditions.

In most cases, this is an easy installation. It is wise to use scaffolding so that the solar panels can be lifted to the roof safely. Any type of roofing work can be dangerous if you do not use caution and utilize safety measures.

Solar roof panels are one way to reduce utility costs, but if you have problems with the roof, you may want to use solar panels that can be used on the ground or the side of the house. You do need to have enough sunlight in order to use solar roof panels as well as ground and side mounting solar panels.

Solar Roof Panels and Eco-friendly Energy

Recently been a huge increase in interest in solar roof panels. Regardless as to how many solar roof panels you are able to fit on your property they will help you to reduce your energy bills and will help the environment by making your home more energy efficient - using the ultimate in renewable energy sources, the sun; and reducing your Carbon footprint.

The two eco-friendly methods of obtaining domestic energy are either by a wind-turbine or solar roof panels. Others do exist, such as wave generated energy supplies, but these are either unattainable for most of the population or prohibitively expensive.

Both wind turbines and solar panels are dependent on the weather to enable them to work at their full efficiency. However, in a battle between wind and solar supplies - in all but the most constantly windy of places, the solar option will win.

Solar powered energy production depends on sunlight, but the weather doesn’t have to be sunny 24/7 to generate power from solar roof panels, simply being exposed to daylight will suffice. However, for a wind turbine - no wind means no power. So, whilst it would be true that living in one of the polar regions during winter would be great for wind power - it would be hopeless for solar, but then again not many of us live in polar regions with 24 hours of darkness.

Economics of Solar Roof Panels

Anyone fitting solar roof panels will immediately see a reduction in their energy bills, reassuring them that they are saving money by having fitted solar roof panels. But, how much did they cost to install and how long will it be before they’ve ‘paid for themselves’? There’s no point in trying to be evasive about the answer to this question as it is a perfectly reasonable and correct one to ask. So, as a rule of thumb, the answer at present is likely to be 15 years.

However, you need to look at this from several different angles. We all need to reduce our energy consumption, we all want cheaper fuel and energy bills, we all want to stop global warming and clean up the environment - all at the same time as maintaining our current standards of living. The fact is we can’t do all those things without our energy bills rising; and chances are in the future our fuel and energy bills will rise significantly.

So, what might seem expensive now - could, in a few years, never mind 15 years, have already paid for itself; and then you’ll really start saving money. Also, even if you’re not planning on staying in your present property for all that long, solar roof panels will add value to your property.

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