Enjoy the Benefits of Using Solar Power in your New Home

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Solar energy for homes is innovative technology available to homeowners across Australia.  Residential solar panels are a justifiable investment that generate renewable energy for your home and potential financial gains for your pocket.

It’s not surprising that solar systems for houses are growing in popularity. The financial and environmental benefits far outweigh the initial investment and, with low maintenance costs and high efficiency rates, homeowners can reap the rewards of switching to renewable energy almost immediately.

What are Some of the Benefits of Solar Panels for my Home?

  • Renewable solar energy will never run out: Residential solar panels convert the sun’s energy into usable power for your home.  Sunlight is a renewable and natural source of energy and will never run out.
  • Savings on household energy bills: Rising energy costs can put a strain on household finances but, with residential solar panels, you will rely less on energy from the grid and more on energy generated by your panels.  Less reliance on the grid means you see a significant reduction in your energy bills.
  • Increase the value of your property: The financial benefits of solar panel installations extend to the value of your property too.  Solar power systems are becoming increasingly popular and one of the main reasons is the ongoing reductions in energy bills.  This is not only attractive for  buyer’s but is equally appealing to renters too.  High demand is sure to drive up property prices.

Are there Other Financial Benefits to Investing in Solar Systems?

When making the decision to invest in solar panels for your home be sure to discuss your options with solar specialists who can advise you on a number of financial schemes and incentives you may be eligible for, including:

  • Selling unused solar power back to the grid: If your panels generate more power than your household uses, you may be able to sell the excess power back to the grid. However, each state and energy provider has different rates and it is not necessarily mandatory for service providers to compensate you for any excess energy.
  • Government financial incentives: The Australian government endorses cleaner, greener energy sources and has funded a number of financial incentives that could help you meet the cost of investing in solar power for your home.

How Many Solar Panels Will I Need to Power my Home?

To determine the number of panels you will need to efficiently meet the needs of your household will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The angle and direction of your roof
  • The number of people living in the house
  • The amount of sunlight you get in your area
  • The average energy consumption of your household

Studies show that the average household consumes approximately 9,048 kWh per year.  When divided by 12, this gives you a monthly average consumption rate of 754kWh.

We can extrapolate this even further to work out the average daily consumption rate by dividing the figure by 30, i.e.,  754kWh / 30 = 25.13kWh per day.

If we work on the assumption that your area averages 9 hours of sunlight per day that works out at 25.13kWh divided by 9 = 3kWh or 3,000W (it’s actually 2.79kWh but we’ve rounded up for the sake of brevity). 

An average 72-cell solar panel can generate 350W, therefore 3,000 / 350 = 9 panels (rounded up).

From this example, and with the average assumed figures, this household would need 9 residential solar panels to comfortably meet the household’s daily energy needs.

Always Get Expert Advice

The team at EOC Energy is highly experienced in solar energy and dedicated to providing advice and information on site appraisals, design, manufacturing, installations and support for all your renewable energy solutions.