By: PVPower.com Staff Contributor - February 1, 2010
For the person who has a mind to go green, but maybe not the funds, how do you begin to go about the transition to green energy? First of all, research. Second of all, research. Third of all, research. There is a wealth of material online and in libraries and in book stores. You have to be educated if you're going to go this route. It's not hard, but it does take a little effort.
Now when you research, you don't have to know the exact year that solar panels were invented or anything like that. You don't have to have a bookshelf dedicated to solar power. But you do have to know the basics and how they apply to you. Most of your research will be about your own house. Find out how much energy your household consumes on average for a monthly basis. Find out how much sunlight your solar panels will be exposed to on average. Think of ways to cut back on your energy consumption, this'll help you save a lot on your renewable energy system. Find out about net metering in your area, it's a really important factor that is often overlooked. Net metering is a process in which, given you have a grid-tied solar power system, the utility company pays you for your excess solar energy that your system creates. It's also important to research the incentives your state has in place for people installing new renewable energy systems. You may be able to afford more than you thought.
Once you research and evaluate your unique situation, you'll be able to make your individual choices. For instance, knowing what you know, would you rather just live off the grid all together? Because you can do away with the power grid if install the right system and have the desire to do so! Solar energy is all about what works for you.
Now, assuming you want to install this system yourself, solar kits are the way to go. Buying a solar kit is basically like buying all the parts with an assembly required tag on them. So all the research you've done goes towards making sure the solar kit you've purchased has all the right bells and whistles to meet your needs.
There are plenty of manufacturers of quality solar kits that help people save money on expensive installation costs. A solar kit will have a step-by-step manual to help you through the process. It's also very common to see how-to videos included in the package. Some solar kits even tell you how to make your own solar panels and save even more money.
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