It is indeed possible to run your whole house using solar power. This “off the grid” lifestyle, as it’s sometimes called, is very attractive to some homeowners who want to limit their reliance on traditional electrical sources and be as environmentally friendly as possible. Most power companies rely on non-renewable fossil fuels for energy, which has many negative effects on the environment. But, before you do anything drastic, it’s important to do your research to determine if your home and your lifestyle are conducive to running your whole house on solar power:
Where Do You Live?
Consider where you live and how much sunshine your city sees in an average year. Northern California homeowners are lucky, as they often see more than 250 days of sunshine every year on average. You’ll also want to make sure your roof can support solar panels (and you’ll probably need more than the average if you want them to power your whole home) and that there aren’t any shady spots that could interfere with the solar panels’ efficiency.
How Much Energy Do You Use?
Do you love to blast the air conditioner or keep your home lighted throughout the day? Now’s the time to start looking at how much energy you use on a daily basis and limiting your output. You may also want to switch your appliances to high-efficiency models. All of this will ensure your house will be able to effectively run on solar power.
After you’ve spent some time learning about your energy output and inspecting your home, you’ll be ready to discuss having solar panels installed. The team at Byers is standing by to do exactly that! We are experts in solar products and proudly install SunPower® solar panels that offer world-class power in a streamlined design. We’ll be glad to help you with the switch to solar. Contact us today to learn more.