Friday, 25 July 2014

Beyond The Mains Newsletter

Hello all my dear Sirs and Madams! Today I would like to introduce you to a great service written by the same people on this blog, Beyond The Mains Newsletter.

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I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Are Biomass Boilers worth it?

Photo Credit: Pooja Chaphalkar
Biomass boilers offer a great heating solution that really does pay for itself and then some. Combined with the great savings to be made with biomass fuels and the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), it really does make sense to look at biomass for your home. It's an exciting bit of tech to get on and I strongly recommend it. As you can see from the picture on the right, it's not as big as you would expect.


First things first

Biomass boiler systems are not suitable for every property, small urban and suburban properties (especially flats) are highly unlikely to be able to accommodate a larger biomass boiler, hopper and buffer vessel, and are therefore better suited to other renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and solar thermal or even a wall mounted air source heat pump. Even with those urban and suburban properties that do have enough space for the biomass installations, there may still be access issues when it comes to taking delivery (and more importantly storage) of the wood fuel, normally delivered on a standard sized pallet.
Photo Credit: Stéphanie Kilgast
For homes and businesses with the requisite space, however, biomass boilers are likely to be suitable and can provide substantial financial savings, as well as a significantly lower carbon footprint. Biomass systems with an output of 5kW to 500kW can be used in a variety of settings, both residential and commercial, from a small office building to large buildings such as hospitals, schools and prisons. Biomass boilers are also a particularly attractive option for properties with no mains gas supply.


Biomass Boiler

For those off-grid properties, biomass is a much cheaper fuel to run your heating on when compared to heating oil or Calor gas. Even when compared to heat pumps, the closest renewable competition, biomass generally wins.
While you can install a heat pump (air source or ground source), there is a difference when compared to biomass (heat pumps operate at much lower temperatures), which will mean that you will have to slightly change how you distribute your heat – by increasing the size of your radiators and / or consider installing underfloor insulation (the latter is not mandatory).
Therefore the big advantage over heat pumps is that you can install a biomass boiler with your existing radiators and hot water system as they operate at high temperature and do not require as big an output to provide the same volume of useful heat.
Even if you are on grid, you can still benefit from a biomass boiler – as long as you have the space and are not in a clean air zone (it is very restrictive to use in urban areas of London). Even comparing the cost of gas to biomass fuel can be favourable, especially when you factor in the RHI payments.

Insulation isn't as important?

As mentioned, heat pumps are the other way to get RHI funded heating, but because they produce lower grade heat, they don’t tend to work well with a traditional radiator system and you will probably need to install additional insulation to bring the heat demand right down to be worth it.  Insulation is cost effective if you have a cavity wall property, but if it is of solid wall construction then you will need to consider getting expensive insulation, and the costs will start to add-up.
Biomass has the added advantage of not needing a super insulated house – although we advise on always trying to get the best possible insulation. Where heat pumps rely on high quality insulation to function effectively, costing thousands of pounds, biomass will work well in any home, with just your basic loft and cavity wall insulation as always, recommended. In fact, you will actually get more money as part of the RHI when your property requires more heat to warm it – but loft and cavity, if recommended on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), must be installed!

How much can I earn with Biomass on the RHI payments?

The RHI will pay you 12.2p/kWh and the amount you get will depend on the heat demand on your EPC. A typical property with a heat demand of about 20,000 kWh will receive more than £2,400 a year; or £17,500 over a 7 year period. That’s a lot of money and will cover the cost of the installation well before the end of the life of the boiler.
To demonstrate how the RHI payments can work with real properties out there, we have selected a range of property’s we have assessed and have summarised the typical heat demands and therefore the expected payments.
 In reality to see how much your property will get, you need to look at the last page of your EPC. Look at the heat demand combined with the water heating requirements then multiply by the tariff (12.2p/kWh). Generally speaking, smaller terraced properties are unlikely to have the space required for one of these boilers, but for larger properties, the returns are very generous. 
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I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

TOP 5 wacky solar inventions! #4 killed me!

Solar Panels are spreading like wildfire right now, they are EVERYWHERE an in the most oddest of places. Mainly because you can go pretty much anywhere in the day and you'll be under the sun (obviously). The human attraction to solar power is growing by leaps and bounds over the past 4 years because the technology is finally being realised. You nay sayers, blowing down solar panels about their efficiency are stuck in the past. Germany are running on 50% solar power and we all know how efficient they are! Without further adieu here are my top ten solar panel locations, proving how versatile the technology really is.

1. The Solar Power Fan Cap

Probably not the pinnacle of solar power's potential, but wacky indeed. Obviously choosing practicality over fashion this really does make the most of your head space. It's designed to cool the face by using the fan mounted on the ridge, running on the solar panel above the head. It wouldn't be a bad idea too if it didn't look a tad ridiculous. The best thing is these can be bought on Amazon! I enjoy it don't get me wrong. Part of me wants to buy it, but I'm more of a Sombrero 'fan' myself. 

2. Solar Moon

Not to be confused with the popular anime, Sailor Moon. This is a project being developed by Japan and the USA and it's not as far fetched as you might think! Tokyo-based Shimizu Corp. wants to lay a belt of solar panels 250 miles wide around the equator of our orbiting neighbour and then relay the constant supply of energy to “receiving stations” on Earth by way of lasers or microwave transmission. 

The “Luna Ring” that is being proposed would be capable of sending 13,000 terawatts of power to Earth. I guess the only appropriate reaction to that is...

It's a massive amount of power seen as in 2011 the USA alone generated 4,100 terawatts. Shimizu have yet to put a price tag on the construction costs involved, but given adequate funding the company believes construction work could get under way as early as 2035.


3. Floating Solar


This floating solar power plant technology was developed last year by a team led by SP Gon Choudhury, Chairman of the Renewable Energy College. With the total estimated cost of Rs 35 lakh ($63,600), the first pilot project is scheduled to be commissioned this year in October at a lake in the outskirts of Kolkata in West Bengal. The funding for the pilot project was provided by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Solar panels will be installed on floating platforms which will be anchored firmly to avoid undulation of the panels around the surface of the water. Capital cost for this floating installation is approximately $1.18 Million per MW with power generation cost of Rs 7 ($0.13) per unit. 
Enough of the technical malarky, they are odd. No denying it, can you imagine swimming out to sea and see those giant circular monstrosities! I do like the concept though. Make most the space we have, although less of the solar fan cap space saving!

4. Donkey Solar

Now we've all wanted our solar panels portable, but on a little donkey? I'm pretty sure if it had the speed it could take off with those wings! Donkey's are famed for carrying heavy loads, Pregnant women, the unborn messiah now it's renewable technology; I guess the best animal to carry important cargo is a donkey! Its not just this donkey though...
 A 3rd world version of an eco car, a Toyota Pri-asinus?

5. Solar Fashion

Well I'd hardly call it fashion lets face it, it's sort of hideous. It's called 'wearable solar' and it's purpose is mainly to charge your phone and other devices while on the go, guess we know what iPhone users will be wearing... Obviously something like this would never catch on, but still it's a step forward! Lose the 80's shoulder pads and the Tron style look and it could look pretty good! 

Oh, it's not the only wearable solar either, introducing the solartie! Again for charging our phones (seeing a pattern yet?) and again, hideous. Guess we are just solar power mad! Just imagine the get up you will have with a solar fan cap, tron solar suit and a solartie! Would you get beaten up? Probably. But think of the positives, you would be able to taste defeat with a cool face and enough battery to call an ambulance.


I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Cleaning Your Solar Panels Saves You Money!

Solar panels are generally self cleaning, but in particularly dry months and summers, or where panel tilt is minimal, dust and other substances such as bird droppings can build up over time and impact on the amount electricity generated by a module. Grime and bird poop doesn't need to cover an entire panel to have an effect. Even something the size of an inch across can have a detrimental effect on your electrical generation.
Photo Credit: Len Matthews


Tips for cleaning solar panel glass


Safety first - follow the procedure in your manual for shutting down the system before commencing cleaning.

For safety reasons, it's also wise to clean your panels from the ground if possible. A good quality soft brush and a squeegee with a plastic blade on one side and a cloth covered sponge on the other coupled with a long extension can make for the perfect tools allowing you to stay on the ground. Use a hose with a suitable nozzle to allow the stream of water to reach the panels.
   
NOTE: If cleaning your panels from the ground is not possible, do not attempt to access your rooftop unless you have the appropriate safety equipment and training. If you don't; hire a suitably qualified professional instead. Although we are combating this by developing our own type of solar panel cleaning product, with chemicals specially designed for maximum output for your solar panels and a long extension rod to get to those high to reach places, 25-30 footers this means you won't have to be forking out, paying for the clean up when you can do it yourself easily in 10 minutes!
Photo Credit: Jesse Wagstaff
TOP TIP: Clean your panels on an overcast day, early in the morning or in the evening. If the sun is beating down on the panels, any water used can quickly evaporate and dirt will become smeared. 
Early morning can be a particularly good time for cleaning as dew that has settled on the panels overnight will likely have softened grime; meaning you'll need to use less water and less energy to clean your solar panels.If the panels are dry, before tackling the modules with water, brush off any loose materials first - this will make cleaning easier and faster. Don't use metal objects or harsh abrasive products for removing caked on materials - scratching the glass on a solar panel can affect its performance as scratches will cast shadows. Avoid using detergents if possible as these may streak the glass of the panel. Use of abrasive powders also risks scratching the panels.  
Given the nature of good quality solar panel glass, clean water and a little scrubbing with a coarse cloth covered sponge or soft brush should remove the most stubborn grime.  Plastic scourers may also be used.
If your mains-supplied water is hard (mineral-rich) and rainwater is available; use that as a final rinse; then squeegee dry. If hard water is all you have, just be sure to squeegee well as mineral-ladened water can form deposits on glass as it dries.
  

Dealing with oily stains

Oily stains can occur in some installation scenarios, such as if you live near an airport and are under a flight path or if you live adjacent to and downwind of a major roadway frequented by trucks. If oily stains start appearing on your panels; isopropyl alcohol can be used as a spot-cleaning substance.
Photo Credit: Brlan Kusler

The final word on solar panel cleaning

The old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies - in most residential installation scenarios, solar panel cleaning just isn't worth the bother - or the potential danger if accessing your rooftop. Unless dirt is clearly visible or performance is noticeably impacted; simply let nature do the job for you

I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

UK hits it's own record, but is smashed by Germany's

The UK hit a new record recently as sunny weather boosts solar power generation, providing estimated 7.8% of UK electricity in daylight hours of solstice! This is good news for the UK as year ago it was producing half that total, but thanks to the increase in domestic installations we are hitting it home with that 7.8% with 4.7 gigawatts.
Photo Credit: Steve Jurvetson

Why is solar taking off? 

The main reason for the big increase in domestic installations is the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) ran by the government letting you sell back the remainder of your free solar generated energy to the grid earning you up to £750 a year!

Solar power is all the rage right now with multiple projects getting into solar. Most recently are the solar roadways, although it had major flaws it still got $2million worth of funding, thats how excited people are about solar energy! Even this years world cup (2014) is powered by solar panels round the stadiums which produces more solar power than 11 of the 32 competing countries!


Video from Yingli's Youtube channel

It's not good enough

Sadly, the UK are far behind when it comes to solar power, especially when compared to Germany. They generated over 50% of their electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on 9 June (Maybe that's whats powering their team in the World Cup?) This is an outstanding achievement, giant leap forward for solar power indeed! A measly 7.8% seems an age away, but  Ray Noble, a consultant at the UK National Solar Centre says "We think that this is likely to double again within a year. There is nothing to stop it getting to 30-40% of UK electricity at this time of year," which is hopeful to say the least, but I too am hopeful as a part of the UK, England; may not of been able to beat Germany in the World Cup, but we sure can rival them with solar power if we stick at it!
Photo Credit: Elliott Brown
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I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Paint on solar panels is a 'Breakthru' for technology

'Breakthru' by Queen 1989.
(Look at that smirky deacy in the background!) 
Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a final breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells. It  could be used by millions of people around the world due to the nature of the design. The team developed nano-particles called colloidal quantum. The colloidal quantum dots are able to absorb so much sunlight because the researchers developed a material that keeps the electron-rich n-type semiconductor from turning into the electron-poor p-type semiconductor when exposed to the air. The n-type material makes the solar cells more efficient, isn't that clever?

Photo Credit: Good to be Green
The new material achieves solar power conversion efficiency of up to eight percent and can be painted or printed on surfaces such as roofing shingles, especially handy for those underdeveloped countries who I'm guessing will be their target audience if funded for production. The breakthrough also ensures better sensors, infra-red lasers, infra-red light emitting diodes and satellites so winners all round.


I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

New type of battery answer to world's energy crisis!

The Vanadium redox battery could be the answer to the world's energy crisis. Vanadium's alloying properties have been known for hundreds of years. Most famously when Henry Ford used it in 1908 to make the body of his Model T stronger and lighter. For the same reasons - and also for its heat resistance - it was used to make portable artillery pieces and body armour in the First World War.


But vanadium's history seemingly goes back even further. Indeed, mankind may have been unwittingly exploiting the metal as far back as the 3rd Century BC!

So why are we just hearing about it now?

Vanadium is the 22nd most
 abundant element in Earth's crust
Well the main reason is their relatively poor energy-to-volume ratio, and the system complexity in comparison with standard storage batteries. BUT the Vanadium redox battery is an exciting technology because they can be discharged and recharged 20,000 times without much loss of performance compared to the Lithium ion battery, and they are thought to last decades!

What does that mean?

It means its PERFECT for renewable technologies that are producing too much power but with no place to store it! Countries like Hawaii, New Zealand and some states in the U.S are losing a vast amount of power due to no storage space. New Zealand aren't even allowed to use their solar panels at peak times because they are  producing too much energy and they are like "Well... what do we do with it?" Oh the irony! 

Vanadium redox batteries nevertheless provide the answer to a lot of problems we are now starting to face and will be in the future; as the incredible advancements in solar technology being made even during this year by MIT, various companies (Apple are even putting solar screens in the iPhone 6!) and sole inventors means we are pushing ourselves towards a more renewable energy dependent planet which is great, but where are we going to put it when we have this almost abundant amount of energy, Vanadium Redox Batteries of course!  
Photo Credit: BBC Laurence Knight

When are we going to see a change?

According to the BBC the problem Hawaii are facing right now could very well be a problem the whole world will be facing in the next 10 years or 2 world cups and a half from now (how I measure time.) Although some people argue that fossil fuel companies might take advantage of this kind of technology I think that it is needed to make renewable energies more efficient and reliable, we have to think about our future. 

Find more on Vanadium Redox Batteries and how they work on this Wikipedia page here

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I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Monday, 16 June 2014

How to Attach Fascia Board on Gable End Trusses




  • Measure the depth of the truss ends (use a tape measure to do this) to get the width of fascia needed; The majority will by 1-by-6-inch lumber, but 1-by-4 can be used if the truss rafter is a 2-by-4. Fascia boards can extend below the truss end and usually do if a soffit covering is being installed. Get your tape measure and measure the length of the roof to figure the number and length of fascia boards needed; a single board usually will not cover the full length.

  • Use a circular saw to cut a square edge on one end of the fascia board for a gable roof. Cut a 45-degree miter for a hip roof, no not 'cool' sadly, if only all 45 degree miters could make your roof cool! Mark the other end of the fascia board to end at the centre of a truss end and cut a 45-degree angle across it, facing away from the house front. Do this on either gable or hip fascia, to make a connection with the abutting board.

  • Nail the end of the fascia to the end truss with a hammer and 8-penny nails. Place the square edge at the end of the roof and the top of the board flush with the roof sheathing. Put the inside edge of the miter on a hip roof fascia at the end of the corner truss tail. Have help and ladders for this installation. Lift the other end of the board in place and nail it to the centre of the truss. Drive two nails through the fascia into each truss end.

  • Cut a matching 45-degree angle across the end of the next fascia board, to overlap the end of the first one installed. Measure it and cut it to fit the other end truss; cut it square and flush with that truss end for a gable roof, mitered for a hip roof with the inside edge of the miter flush with the side of the end truss. Install it with two nails in each truss. Put two nails through both boards at the mitered joint.

  • Repeat the process on the other side of a gable roof, always working from back to front, so the overlapped seams form a smooth joint. Make similar installations on the other three sides of a hip roof, with the mitered ends making 90-degree corners. Drive two medium finishing nails through each side of the miter to secure the corner.

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  • I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

    Thursday, 12 June 2014

    How to remodel your kitchen on a low budget

    We've all been there, looking at our old, out of fashion, hag-ridden kitchens and giving a great big sigh when you can't do anything about it. Well hopefully you won't have to any longer with these easy ideas and tips to remodel your kitchen on a low budget. Whether you just do a few or all these helpful tips will instantly boost your kitchens appeal, so lets get crackin'!

    Wall Paint 

    Simply just changing the colour of your walls is an easy way to update your kitchen's look. Just pick up a tin of paint for £10-£20 and you've almost got a new kitchen! Neutral tones provide an excellent, easy on the eye backdrop for décor. If you plan on using the 'in' trend of colours on your kitchen wall try to minimise the amount you use because once that trend has gone your kitchen will look outdated and you will have to be doing it all over again with more effort! I recommend just highlighting certain features or bits or the odd pattern.
    Photo Credit: Aditi Rao

    Accent Shelving

    A simple but effective way of remodelling your kitchen is removing your cabinet doors. This creates an open space feel and makes the room feel more spacious and free. Plenty of options are available, like painting the back wall in a bright colour, using in-cabinet accent lights or installing glass doors.  Whatever you choose, keep your display items simple and streamlined for an attractive, eye-catching display.





    Crown Moulding 

    Across the top of your cabinetry, crown moulding lends a custom look to stock cabinetry.  If you paint your moulding, don’t forget that you can be creative for a look that shows your unique style. A cabinet fit for a king!
    Photo Credit: Nancy Hugo, CKD 


    Paint Cabinetry

    A fresh lick of paint on the cabinets changes the entire look and feel of the room.  Use paint with primer to reduce the number of coats you’ll need for coverage.  Also, consider a washable finish to make cleaning your kitchen easier. 

    Hardware

    In the same way jewellery can change the look of an outfit, new hardware can transform a kitchen.  Switch out knobs and pulls for a dramatic update without spending a lot of money or expending a lot of effort. Even giving them a splash of colour will give it a better feel to your kitchen.

    New lighting

    Enhance an often-overlooked space – the kickplate.  Run rope lights around the base of your cabinetry for ambience and to create the right mood and atmosphere for parties or family dinners.  You can even use them as a nightlight, so children and guests can navigate easily after bedtime after their midnight snack or yours, cheeky. Make your kitchen a warm and inviting place to be.  Illuminate dark corners and enhance workspace with puck lights installed underneath the top cabinets.

    New Taps

    A new tap is an easy way to update your kitchen. Hundred or below and you've got a brand spanking new tap! Before you shop, note the number of holes on the back of your current sink and select your new tap accordingly.
    Photo Credit: SilverStack

    Backspalsh

    By adding or changing the backsplash, you can completely change the look and feel of your kitchen.  Plus, today’s peel-and-stick options make getting a look you love easy and most importantly NO GROUT so it's even easier!
    Photo Credit: Eileen O'Shea

    Countertops

    Changing your kitchen’s countertops may be one of the most obvious ways to change its appearance. But, what you might not know is that today’s options are more affordable and better looking than ever. Also if you have a laminate countertop, peel it away and you will be left with a fresh new look as shown in the picture below. Whether you choose laminate, solid surface, granite or quartz, you can find a finish that suits your style and your budget. 
    I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams

    Tuesday, 10 June 2014

    Accessorise, Accessorise, Accessorise

    Accessorising the bathroom is one of the most affordable ways to place a personal stamp upon this room where the big items come with a big price tag and an equally big renovation headache. If you take the time to shop with care and have an attitude toward letting your personality take shape inside this most utilitarian of rooms in your house, you can transform it almost into a centrepiece.


    Toilet Seats

    The first thing to get down is the toilet seat. Toilet seats are not what they used to be because they have become a bona fide bathroom accessory. Today’s toilet seats and toilet seat covers are made in a variety of styles that have transformed them from the merely useful to the truly decorative. You can get toilet seats made in the shape of guitars or pianos as well as those are tabbed so that each person who uses the toilet has their own private seat. Toilet seat covers also are available in an array of styles.
    Photo Credit: maxually


    Sink Accessories

    Photo Credit: April Killingsworth
    Accessorising a bathroom really takes on the personality of its owner when you focus on the toiletry props that will adorn the top of the sink. Go into any just about any shop that sells items for the home and you can find toothbrush holders, soap, Cats, (kidding) dishes and tissue dispensers that match. More importantly, you can find bathroom accessories that reflect your taste in colour or pop culture.

    Mirrors

    Mirrors are essential accessories for the bathroom. You use them for shaving, applying makeup and getting an idea of just how effectively your diet is coming along. Mirrors can also be utilized to give the illusion that a cramped bathroom is much bigger.

    Linens

    Towels and washrags are useful inside the bathroom, but they should also be considered aesthetic accessories. A bathroom just looks cleaner and more attractive when time is taken to carefully accessorise, using matching towels hanging from the shower or on the wall. The colours should ideally match the overall design of the décor.

    Shower Curtains
    Photo Credit: Judy van der Velden

    Shower curtains have also become an important accessory in the bathroom. If a see-through vinyl curtain is not what you want, you can buy a shower curtain that replays in silhouette the famous shower scene from the movie “Psycho.” Curtain décor ranges from pop culture like this to animal prints to geometric designs.

    Tap Fixtures

    Tap fixtures are a good way to accessorise a bathroom by lending it a sense of style. If your taps are currently mounted to the rim of the sink, consider renovating to allow you to create a greater sense of elegance by installing wall-mounted taps. If you don’t like your current chrome taps, accessorise to match your desires by replacing with gold, red or black taps.

    Plants

    Plants that thrive in humid conditions not only can be used as accessories in the bathroom, but provide much-needed oxygen when you step breathlessly out of a hot shower. Plants can infuse the sterile conditions of the typical bathroom with a sense of life as well. 
    Photo Credit: el_finco
    I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

    Tuesday, 3 June 2014

    Is My Home Solar Panel Ready?

    Photo Credit: eltpics
    The popularity of solar panel installations has increased among home-owners considerably in recent years. Financing options have given more and more people the opportunity to turn the idea of solar energy into a reality, allowing them to cut down on electricity bills, reduce energy waste and increase their home’s value. Unfortunately, even if solar panels are something you can afford and really want to invest in, not every home meets the criteria required to really benefit from them. There are several factors that solar installers consider before determining if a property is a suitable candidate for installation.

    Enough sun exposure

    One of the first things that needs to be assessed is the amount of sun exposure your roof receives. Obviously, solar panels will only generate enough electricity to power your household if they are able sit in direct sunlight for the majority of the day on a year-round basis. Roofs facing south tend to produce the best results for solar energy. Homes with roofs that are covered by shade are generally not recommended for solar panel installation.

    Ownership of the property

    It’s important to think about ownership of the property as well when looking into solar panels. Solar installers aren't authorized to perform work on any type of building that is being rented unless the job is commissioned by the owner themselves.

    Average amount of electricity used in your home


    Your lifestyle, the age and design of your home and your appliances all contribute to the amount of electricity you use. If you are already living very energy efficiently and your monthly electricity bill is fairly low, it may not make sense to spend the money on a solar panel installation. Also, you must consider if you consume quite a bit of energy on average and if solar panels will generate enough to accommodate for that. If not, you may still choose to have panels installed to serve as part of your power source and the rest may come from the grid as normal.

    Condition of the roof/useable space

    The current condition of your roof is another element to take into consideration. Roofs that need repairs or replacement should be taken care of prior to looking into solar panels. Solar installers don’t suggest placing solar panels on a roof needing work done, however, panels installed on a newly replaced roof can be a source of protection and prolong its life expectancy. Though there are all different panel sizes and designs, a roof with more useable, clear space is generally preferred.

    Financial situation/plans for the future

    Your financial situation will identify whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for solar panels as well. Even with funding assistance, it can be quite a big expenditure, and not everyone will qualify for financing. Also, keep your future plans in mind because if there’s a possibility of you moving within a few years you may not wish to make such a big investment unless it will significantly increase the selling price of your home.

    Reliable solar installers will take a look at all these factors and help you make the right decision on your candidacy for solar panels.

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    I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

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