Your Questions About Solar Panels For Your Home

David asks…

Using Solar for your home?

We are thinking about the future…if something ever happens where we aren't able to use electricity…how would be cook, heat, etc. Do you know anything about Solar panels? How much would it cost to put on a 1,000 sq ft house? How does it work? Any information for us would be great because we are starting out not knowing anything about it as of now…

ssadmin answers:

Well basically, you're getting power from the company as normal, but you're also selling them the solar energy you produce. This makes your bill less, or can even make you a profit. By law, energy companies are required to buy your surplus solar energy, so conserving energy will still be good for your finances.

Solar panels can be quite expensive initially, but eventually you'll get the money back in energy savings. Depending on your state/country, you may also be eligible for subsidies which will reduce the cost of solar panels.

Chances are, you're not going to cover your entire roof in solar panels, so the size of your house doesn't matter. What matters is how much energy you use. Http:// offers the following way of calculating how much making all of your energy solar will cost you:

“First, take number of KWH shown on your bill. Divide that by 30. That gives you your average daily usage. So if you use 700 KWH, that is 23.3 KWH per day.

Take that number. Divide it by the number of full sun hours you get per day on a yearly average. Multiply it by 1.15. That will give you a pretty close estimate of how many watts of solar panel you need. So if you get 5 hours per day, divide 23.3 by 5 – that gives you 4.66 KW, or 4,666 watts. Multiply that by 1.15, which gives you 5,360 watts of solar panel needed.

Average installed cost of solar electric if you do it yourself is around $7 per watt, or $9 if you have it installed by a licensed contractor. That includes the cost of the panels, inverters, wire, mounts, and other hardware. It does NOT include anything else you might need to pay for, like inspections or extra watt meters by the electric company.”

Depending on how much money you've got to spend, you might not be able to make all of your energy solar. This is fine, because any saving is a saving, and all solar energy means reduced environmental impact.

You can find information on subsidies and rebates available to you if you live in the United States at

Robert asks…

If you want to use solar power in your home will you lose power in a power outage?

Ok, I'm kinda playing around with building my dream house. Nowhere neare actual construction, but I am thinking of living a little greener. I also live in a very small town that tends to lose electricity over a dozen times a year, anywhere from a few minutes to several hours at a time. I was just curious about how the solar panels might benefit me in that area. (I'm also kinda trying to sell my husband on the idea.) Thanks for your help in advance in this matter!
You guys are all awesome. Thank you for being so quick in replying. I'm kinda new to all this, and this is kind of a in the pretty distant future plan for me, but I like to have accurate info while I'm dreaming things up. This way when I do get to put my plans into action, I don't have something major like put just the panels up and expect it to work all the time. ;D

So I need to get panels to collect, and battery storage system.
Does anyone know a “green” building material that I could use on this dream house? And I've heard of people collecting rain water… What things can you use that for?

ssadmin answers:

It depends on what capacity storage batteries you have. Because solar only works in the daytime if the sun is shining you have to be able to store the power you generate so the lights will go on at night. You would have to be able to store to convert to alternating current to run conventional appliences anyway. It is not as simple as putting up some solar collectors. Solar collectors for hot water systems, either home heating or just water heating work well because the water actually stores the heat for you. Do a little more research, there are ways to do this but some are more complicated and expensive than others.

James asks…

Whats the abbsulote best Home (roof) solar panels For power produced to price?

Like the kind u put on your roof looking for a good balance between cost and power produced while still making it worth the time and effort were defiantly getting some but wanted to know the best preferably by experiance of the answerer. Thanks in advance

ssadmin answers:

Experience of an answerer is not likely to tell you the “best” solar panels. All they will be able to do is give you their overall satisfaction with there system. Their satisfaction will depend on a lot of things, like the opinion of their contractor, the inverter equipment, the location with respect to angle from the sun and presence of shading influences, and their original expectations.

Probably competitively priced panels are very similar in quality. One measure that may be of value would be the watts per sq ft of panel area.

Do a lot of studying, including searching for solar panels in the upper right corner of this page.

Lisa asks…

solar energy?

how much does it cost to get solar panels for your home? where do you find it, is this available everywhere?

ssadmin answers:

On average, a turn key photo voltaic system will cost you about $4 per Watt. There may be some incentive rebate offers by your state, local government and possibly your electricity provider to help ease the cost of installation.

As to solar energy being available everywhere, for the most part, it is. However, different areas have a better solar production level than others. Arizona often rates as one of the best states for installing PV systems. Florida is also a good state too. On the other hand, areas around Seattle might not do so well.

Check out the link below to learn more about solar energy.

Laura asks…

Solar Panels?

I need to find out more information concerning solar energy for single home use. If you have solar panels or have had in the past please informme if they are worth the cost to lower my ultilty bill?
I live in the state of Texas and my current rage is 11. per kWh.
Thank you for your time and help

ssadmin answers:

It cost .7 per kWh here. I added up the cost of my system and I insalled it will take me almost 40 years to get my money back. I should be dead by then. Maybe I will sell the house and make it back becaue it does increase the value of a home.

I just went in to a 2 page posting on how to wild guess what it would cost in one of the last three postings.

Check back through my post. There is no need to repeat the same information.

Read up on solar energy at

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