Not every home has enough sunlight to sustain itself with solar electricity. Most of us need to continue using an electric company such as IDT Energy to supply us with our electricity and gas. For some, however, solar electricity might just be a great answer. Solar electricity involves placing PV panels on the roof or walls that create electricity from the rays of the sun.
They cut down on the carbon footprint as a green, renewable energy source. They certainly cut down on the electricity bill since the sunlight is free. Once you’ve paid for the installation, the electricity costs are going to be vastly reduced. While the PV system doesn’t produce all of the electricity for the home, it can produce about 40% of the needed electricity for the year.
Some people can even store electricity they generate for future use. If your home isn’t connected to the national grid, you can actually store your excess electricity in batteries and then use it as you need it.
Before jumping into using solar electricity, you need to have your home evaluated. You’ll need to see if you have a sunny place to put the PV panels and see if your roof is strong enough to hold the panels. In some places, you’ll need planning permission as well.