You’ve just had solar panels installed on your roof and they’re paying for themselves — but is that enough? A solar power system expansion is a great way to maximize your return on investment, but it’s not always necessary. Here are some key factors you’ll want to consider before you make the decision to expand.
Your home uses electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Whether it’s an appliance, a piece of equipment, or the lights in a room, your home uses energy 24/7. But have you ever wondered how much electricity your home uses?
In the US, 14.5% of electricity is generated from renewable sources, like solar, wind, and geothermal, and another 15% comes from internal combustion sources. Then, there’s the remaining 65% coming from fossil fuels.
Since average residents in the US use between 5 and 8 hours of electricity per day, a shelf-life of 24 hours per year, and a demand of 66,000 GWh per year, we arrive at about 50 GWh per day. Wow! So, did you know that your home uses 3300% more electricity than a phone battery?
If you had a private energy company come to your home right now, they could determine your exact electricity bill by adding up every cost factor that is included in your electricity bill.
But that’s not all. They could also determine how much extra electricity your home uses throughout the day by adding up every household component and dividing by the amount of energy used throughout the day.
If you plan on living in a location with more sunlight throughout the day, considering installing solar panels will improve the efficiency of your AC system.
In fact, many solar energy systems perform better than an AC system when the sun isn’t shining. Because penetration is easier when the sun is shining.
So, you’re essentially paying cash for solar energy on your roof. You are practically laboring to pay your electricity bill and paying your utility a profit for the privilege. The best way to impress upon your romantic partner (if you still have one), like myself, the cost of solar power is likely reserved for people who have plenty of sunlight throughout the day.
When deciding whether or not to upgrade to a newer, better model or to keep your current model, you should ask yourself if you’re saving enough money to justify the upgrade. For example, if you’re saving $50 a month on your car insurance by switching to a new model, then it’s probably worth it to upgrade.
However, if there are other savings you can make, such as the ability to work from home, storage in your house, or peace of mind knowing you’ll have at least a three-year warranty on your components, then it doesn’t make financial sense to upgrade.
Your lifestyle is important when it comes to skin care. For example, if you live in a place where you get a lot of sunlight every day, you don’t need to be as diligent about sunscreen as someone who lives in a place where they don’t get as much sunlight.
But if you’re at a place where it’s hard to get outdoors often, sunscreen is a must. By the way, this is an issue that affects all brands of sunscreen, not just sunscreens from chemists.
A solar power system can help you maximize your return on investment, but solar panels aren’t enough by themselves.
That’s why it’s best to consider other options. For example, if you need more space to store your belongings, consider an additional off-grid home storage unit. That way, you can use your excess solar energy and store extra bedding, miscellaneous electronics, odds and ends, and more.
Remember, if you need more space for storage, consider a second off-grid storage unit. This way, you can store more clothes and cell phones and anything else you might need for your future off-grid lifestyle.
A home is one of the first things most Americans buy after getting their driver’s license. Architecture matters, too. You can find yourself feeling cramped in an apartment by spending good money on a loft or an upper floor bedroom. When buying a new home, think about the important features your chosen home will have:
finishes, flooring, equipment for heating and cooling, and how to organize your kitchen.
Your electric bills are huge, right? I mean, you can’t be making money if you’re paying that much in electricity. Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably not paying enough.
Suit up, move over, and let’s look at the essentials of a complete energy management system before considering whether it’s worth the cost of entry.
Your biggest purchase has always been the roof. Adding solar to your roof isn’t a necessity anymore because of state solar investment tax credits and the growing consumer acceptance of solar, but it’s a great place to start, especially if you want to take advantage of federal, state, and local tax deductions for homeowners. If you decide that solar is right for you but you don’t have the space to install it, you can upgrade to a power inverter; while this will probably reduce your monthly solar bill, it’ll make sure you have plenty of juice on hand to run any appliances that come with your home.
The roof is a great place to start, but you can go further. If you have the space, you can build your own energy storage and delivery system.
Energy storage is the next big thing in the energy industry.
Energy storage systems allow you to store electricity when it’s cheap and then use it when it’s expensive. This means you can save money when you use power from the grid and also potentially sell excess power back to the grid.
Most energy storage systems fall into one of two basic categories — lithium-ion batteries and solar panels.
With a solar panel, you’ll get a lot of power from the sun during the peak hours of the day. Typically, you’ll get most of your power from the sun between 10 am and 3 pm.
Since the tilt of the sun will vary during your week, this is when you’ll need the most power storage. That’s where batteries come in.
Lithium-ion provides an energy store for the grid but also your phone. The downside to using lithium-ion batteries is that they lose capacity over time. Most batteries also need to be charged several times each day; that can lead to them getting broken down over time and needing to be replaced.
The question then becomes which is the better option — an energy storage system or a solar panel?
The answer is obvious. There is no question that solar makes more sense for widespread deployment. All you need to do is think about how frequently you need to be able to use the power from the sun. Using an energy storage system results in flexibility at the most opportune time.
One of the biggest drawbacks to using solar panels vs an energy storage system is that if you use solar panels, you need large panels because solar power is just too thin to be placed on a roof. It would be best if you installed panels across the entire roof. This increases the overall size of your system, but most importantly it decreases your space available for installing other systems. Size is also expensive.
It is important to us that when you're making the decision to help change the world by opting into renewable and sustainable energy that you know exactly what's involved.
At Lunex Power, we try to find out where the shortcomings are in our process from qualification through installation. We strive to be the best provider of solar power in your area.