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Residential Solar Panels for Energy Savings

Using residential solar panel systems is now becoming very popular as a way to save money on energy and help save the environment. Building a solar panel system is easy and it can give power to your home saving you up to 80% of your energy bills.

There is abundant energy in the sun. The country will be less dependent on fossil fuels if every home uses the sun’s energy to power their homes through residential solar panel systems.

You can actually build three different types of solar panel systems. It is important to determine the system that will work best on your home before installing the panels. Described below are the three types of solar panel systems to help you decide which one is best for your home.

The Utility-tie system is the simplest system that you can build. Your home sits on a power grid that is provided by your city. This supplies electricity to your home. The utility-tie system takes your solar electricity and funnels it into your DC panel. An inverter changes the DC current into AC current which powers your home in return. The AC power from the inverter offsets the power that you would consume from the power company. This solar power will then slow down your electric meter since you are now using energy from your solar panels. Since it does not use batteries, this system has become very popular. This system functions only with direct sunlight which means that at night, it will not work.

The second system is the utility-interactive system which is quite like the first since it also links to the power grid but it has a battery and extra control. This system will feed the utility meter and will allow you to operate fully off the grid. With this type of system you can actually power your whole house or the appliances that you need depending how big your solar panel system is or the energy requirements of your home. this type of solar panel system is more expensive because of the presence of batteries but it can store solar energy in batteries to use during night time or at a later time.

The stand alone system is ideal when you do not have direct connection to public utilities. Additional power generation sources like wind power and conventional gas generators come with this system. This system has absolutely no interaction with the power utility grid. The overall solar energy requirements of your home determines the number of solar panels and components you need. If you live in a remote home, cabin, or RV, then this solar panel system is ideal for you.

You can either install these solar panels yourself but if you want it done properly and safely then you should contact your local solar installers to do the installation job for you.

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