Your Questions About Solar Panels For Home

Helen asks…

Anyone know if solar pannels are worth to buy for the home?

I am looking to find out the cost and reward for a home solar panel and the amount of energy it can produce. Maybe some web sites that can give me detailed info.

ssadmin answers:

Read about solar heating for you home. If you have the money to invest in it then in the long run you will be glad you did. I read about a guy that got his housing costs down to nothing using that and other methods. Its worth it.

Nancy asks…

Where can I learn how to install and use solar panels on my home?

I'm very interested in putting solar panels on my roof or in my windows because of all the sunlight i get. Where can I find information on how I can actually hook things up to use solar panels for real electricity from start to finsih?


ssadmin answers:


this site should give you all the information that you need to learn about solar panels

How to Install Solar Panels

this site is great for many of DIY environmentally sustainable projects

Joseph asks…

Solar Panels on Home?

Has anyone done this? Is it complicated? Are there websites with directions? And where do you recommend that I buy solar panels?

I don't want to go crazy with it. Maybe just do a few for the smaller rooms in my house to conserve some energy.

ssadmin answers:

They are expensive to purchase and install but, the real savings comes over a period of a few years. If you decide to install, make sure you install enough so that when you are not using any electricity, that you can sell the excess electricity back to the electric co. That way the system pays for itself.

Paul asks…

can I easily build my own solar panels for my home?

Is it really possible for me living in Denver to build and install and setup my own solar panel to help make electricity for my home?

ssadmin answers:

It's possible, but not as easy or cost-effective as the sites selling information suggest.

You can build your own solar panels from individual cells or broken cells. Possibly you would end up with a panel that costs less than a commercial one, but it would not have the UL safety certification, and thus would not legally be allowed to be connected to the grid in any place that I know. So you would have to go with charging a battery, and that alone doubles the cost of the system. It could be a fun and educational thing to do, but would not be a money saver.

You could also build a solar water heater – plans and videos abound on the web. However, Denver gets hard freezes in winter, so you would need to drain your home built system during those months. There are solar water heaters designed to take sustained freezing temperatures, but unless you're an engineer, that type would be really hard to make.

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George asks…

Can we use solar panels at home for air conditioner?

ssadmin answers:

You better have a lot of solar cells to power an a/c unit. And you will need other equipment as well. When that compressor comes on are tries to come on,your solar cells may be in a another state or melted.

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