In modern times, it is becoming ever increasingly important to be both eco-friendly and independent, but that brings in the question: how do you install your own solar panels? And more importantly, should you?
By installing solar panels for your home, you will be helping towards a greener, cleaner planet. This means that you will be reducing your use of fossil fuels, and also the amount you take from the National Grid.
You will not only be helping to save the planet, but you will also be saving on your energy bills.
Solar panels can be very beneficial to your home, from producing free energy for you, to increasing your property value. There are also many great incentives that can help homeowners to make the most out of their solar system.
If you’re interested in getting solar panels for your own home, then you should follow this guide for how to DIY your own setup:
1. Be sure to design your system first!
Before you start making changes to your home, it is incredibly important to plan out what your system is going to look like, and where it is going to go!
Make sure that you take into account all of the variables (such as roof size, condition, direction). You should make sure that the panels you get are the right fit for your roof.
2. Don’t Do It On Your Own
You may be great at DIY, but solar panel installation isn’t something that you should tackle alone unless you’ve had the correct training.
You don’t have to bring in a team of professionals – though this is advised – but you should have a group of friends to help you. We advise that you choose friends that have experience in both DIY and with handling expensive equipment.
3. You Might Need Planning Permission – CHECK!
Fortunately, most homeowners will be absolutely fine installing solar panels on their home. Sometimes, however, you might need to get planning permission.
If your property is a listed building or located in a conservation area, then you will likely need planning permission. If you are unsure whether or not you should get it, we advise that you check anyway. It is better to be safe than sorry!
4. Decide Upon Your Solar Panel System
When it comes to choosing your solar panels, you have a few options to choose from.
The most common options are solar PV (photovoltaic) and thermal.
Solar thermal is used to heat up the water supply in your tank. This means that you don’t have to worry about running out of hot water, or spending lots of money on your energy bills to heat the water up. Solar thermal power works better on sunnier days, and are nearly useless in the winter months.
Solar PV is effective all year round, and works by absorbing energy from daylight. They are the most common, and the most effective form of harnessing solar energy. They are a great way of powering your home, and taking a step towards being incredibly energy efficient.
5. Now You Know How To Install Your Own Solar Panels, Enjoy!
There we go, that is how you install your own solar panels.
You are now all set to reap the benefits of your new system.
Want a solar quote for your home? Get in touch with us today, and we will get back to you with a quick, free quote!