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Build a Solar Power System for Your Home

Are you considering a DIY solar power system for your home? More and more home owners are as energy costs increase and solar energy systems cost are reducing. Imagine converting freely available solar power into electricity that can be used to power your home. The amount of electricity that will be generated depends on the number and wattage of the solar panels and the number of direct sun light the solar panels receive.

The technology required commonly known as solar panel are a collection of solar cells called photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic cells come in a different sizes and produced different voltages but the standard output is 12V.

If the solar panels are producing more electricity than is needed to run your home, the excess solar power can be sold to the electric company. Solar panels produced the most power during the day when you’re at work and not using much electricity but don’t worry, it won’t be wasted. It can be sold to the electric company or stored in batteries to be used later.

In order to recoup the initial investment you need to determine how long it will take. You don’t want to move out of the house before having recouped your investment.

Do you have a large enough space on your roof where the solar panels can be installed on that receives at least six hours of direct sun light each day? Solar cells work best in direct sunlight. If most of the south facing roof space is covered by trees a photovoltaic system is not going to produce much electricity.

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Pitch of your roof. Are you comfortable walking on your roof? Is it too steep for you? When installing a do it yourself solar power system you will be spending some time on the roof installing the solar panels and wiring them together. If you are not comfortable working on the roof for a day or two you might want to consider hiring someone to install the solar panels for you.

You will also need to run cables from the solar panels, into your house to be connected to the electric circuit. You will need a qualified electrician to make the final connection to your electric system but you can do the majority of the work yourself.

To find solar resources you can either use the internet or yellow pages. Another option is to search for solar retailer sites with the search phrase DIY solar power system. Check out the result sites. Be sure to verify that the site is reputable and secure.

Before purchasing a do it yourself solar power system from a retailer be they local or online there are a few questions you should ask them. Will they help you determine the load of your home and size the solar power system to your home's electrical needs?

Will they allow you to review the installation instructions before purchasing the solar power system?

Do they offer telephone technical support?

How long is the warranty on the equipment?

Who do you contact for warranty work?

Look for forums on the internet. They are excellent resources for help and advice.

You are now ready to find the right retail outlet that will provide you with the best do it yourself solar power system and great customer service. Even if you decide not to install a solar power system yourself, consider hiring a local company that specializes in installing solar power systems in homes. It will be more expensive, but in the long run the cost savings will be well worth it.