Best Time to Go Solar
If you’re not already planning your solar power conversion, you’re thinking about it. Solar power systems for homes are the energy source of the future, but you don’t have to wait for the future, you can go solar now.
Solar power industries are growing exponentially as consumer demand increases. Along with small-scale hydro and wind-power, solar is part of the alternative energy solution that will see increasing numbers of householders generating their own energy, saving money and saving the planet at the same time. We cannot continue to rely on fossil fuels for energy. We owe it to ourselves, our children and our fragile eco-system to do something about it now.
The most important question facing anyone who is considering a solar conversion is “Where do I start?” We created this website to answer that question.
Can I afford to go solar?
The biggest factor preventing the move to solar is undoubtedly the problem of up-front cost. The installation cost of a full-scale solar installation is beyond many household budgets. Does this mean you have to wait until your financial position improves? Not at all. You can protect your budget by starting small, and you can save money by taking the Do-It-Yourself road.
We start with low-budget options that will get your solar future on the road, and work up to full-scale independent solutions that will secure your family’s energy future for generations to come. We incorporate the DIY options. Almost every solar retail product we examine can be replicated by buying the parts and putting the system together yourself. We show you how to do this.
You don’t need a lot of money to start your solar journey. You don’t need to put solar panels on your roof. You don’t need to pay technicians for installation. For a small investment, you can have a system that works out of the box and starts saving you money from day one.
The portable solar solution has other benefits, too. When disaster threatens, or you need to “get out of town” quickly for your own or your family’s safety, your portable system goes with you. It will provide you with power no matter where you are, as long as the sun is shining.
Match your choice to your budget
Here are four off-the-shelf systems that work out of the box. If you’re into DIY you can save money by building an equivalent version in your workshop. We’ll show you how.
You want to go solar now, and you want to cut down on power bills. You want fast action and you’re prepared to invest in a system that will install quickly and be productive from day one. The grid-tie system is the answer. It’s the most popular option at the moment, and the industry is itching to get your business.
What happens when the grid goes down? Your grid-tie system has limited capacity to power your house on a continuous basis. Depending on the system you have installed, it may not be possible to use it at all if the grid fails. The answer is off-grid storage. In an emergency, your system simply switches to battery power and keeps your home running.
There are other reasons why you should consider making provision for battery backup when you install your system. Read our article on the danger of an impending corporate backlash against solar home installations for more information.
For total energy security now and in the future, this is the best option. Yes, it involves careful planning and a considerable investment in equipment, but the alternative energy industry is exploding with new, cheaper and more efficient technology. If you’re in a position to plan a new home from scratch, or to convert your existing home, you should certainly consider the advantages of a fully independent off-grid solar solution.
The beauty of an off-grid system is that it can start small and expand. You can add more panels, more batteries, as you wish.You can add a wind-generator, or a small-scale hydro generator if you’re in the right situation. You control your system. It isn’t subject to the complex regulatory system associated with grid-tie systems, and it is immune from attack by corporate greed or political expediency.