Can Solar Panels Power a Whole House?
Can solar panels power a whole house? It depends on a number of factors, including–but not limited to–the size of the house and the quality of the system. Whether solar panels can power your home depends on all of these considerations, as well as, your electricity usage habits. Keep reading to learn how powerful solar panels can be!
Can I Run My Entire House on Solar Energy?
Solar power is free. There are no transmission lines, no delivery charges, and you don’t have to pay for fuel. But can solar panels really power your whole house? A modern solar energy system with power storage can be used to power a whole home entirely on solar power. It is now cheaper than ever to run a whole home entirely on solar energy thanks to high-efficiency solar panels.
Since the widespread introduction of solar energy, both residential and commercial solar panels have seen their prices drop in the last two decades. Despite the fact that tax credits and rebates from local and federal governments continue to decrease, as well as incentives offered by utility companies, this is a good sign. Partly due to increased solar adoption at a national and international level and partly due to the rapid development of solar energy system technologies, the major drop in solar cost is due to this.
Assessments to Help You Determine the Cost-Effectiveness of a Solar-Powered Home
Solar power comes at a cost, but in most cases, it is cheaper than the cost of non-renewable resources. If you want to assess the cost-effectiveness of your solar-powered home, you should take the following assessments into consideration.
1. Calculate the Amount of Electricity You Use Each Month
Determine how much solar power you will need to power your entire house with 100% solar energy. You will need to know your average monthly electricity consumption in order to do this. This information will allow your solar contractor to calculate how much power your panels must generate each month to power your entire house.
Both the potential for solar power generation and monthly usage can vary throughout the year. Today’s residential solar battery storage has the capacity to provide a reliable power supply. You can store the excess energy your solar panels generate during longer, more sunny days to use later when you require it.
Solar batteries can be used to provide power for your home during periods of less intense, direct sunlight.
2. Assess the Solar Energy Production Potential of Your Climate Region
Your climate can make a big difference in how much solar energy you can generate to power your entire house year-round. To ensure that your house is powered continuously, you need to assess the potential of your local climate.
Living in regions that are colder and more cloudy than others may make it difficult to run a house completely on solar power during the winter months. People living in the southwest may see less sunlight than residents for a few weeks. However, they may see more sunshine for a few weeks.
These climatic variations, as well as factors specific to your household and lifestyle, can make a difference in whether you are able to use the public power grid completely or continue to draw electricity from your utility company.
3. Assess Your Solar Production Environment Based on Your Home’s Surroundings
Based on the environment around your home, assess your solar production environment.
Take into account the size and location of large trees near your home, as well as the heights of other buildings and houses nearby. Large trees or tall houses located close to your home can affect the productivity of your solar energy system.
How to Run Your Entire House on Solar Power?
It is possible to run your home using solar energy much more easily than you ever thought possible. ESD Solar has completed thousands of solar installations across the country so our estimators are familiar with all the factors that will be involved in helping you transition to solar energy.
The key to solar energy for your home is how many panels you need for efficient energy storage and production. Based on several factors, our highly skilled professional solar energy estimators can determine the number of solar panels needed to power a house off-grid. These factors include the size of your home, average historical usage, family size, and expected future increases.
ESD Solar: Maximize Your Home’s Solar Production
As seen here, solar panels can indeed power a whole house. Over 15,000 homeowners in Florida have benefited from our expertise to get the best price on their solar panel purchases and installations. ESD Solar’s system design specialists can create a home-sized solar energy system that best suits your energy needs and budget.