How Many Solar Panels Does It Take To Power a House?

Solar panels to power a house

With the growing desire to take care of our planet and make the world a greener place, there is a lot of conversation about adding solar panels to your home these days. When you’ve finally decided that you want to take the next step to creating a greener home, how do you know where to find the right information? 

Solar panels to power a house

If you’re looking to add solar panels to your home, it can be confusing and overwhelming to figure out what regulations there are, and how you can go about getting them installed. Once you’ve gotten deep enough into the process, you’ll also have to determine how many solar panels you’ll need to power a house and how much it will cost you.

Hopping on the internet, there seems to be a crazy jungle of information. You land on a site that you think will answer some of your questions, but instead, you receive a bunch of technical information that ends up making you even more confused. Inside paragraphs upon paragraphs, you find promises of reduced energy costs and a great investment on your money, but you don’t know exactly how much these savings are. It is completely understandable if you are skeptical or confused, maybe a little of both. Let’s look into these questions and give you some easy to digest information that will help you determine if adding solar panels for your home is worth the investment.

How Many Solar Panels Supply Enough Energy for the Average Household?

The size of the average house equates to about 1500 square feet. So how much do solar panels cost for a 1500 square foot house? A house of this size usually comes along with an electric bill of around $150 per month, which would need 16 solar panels to generate 10 kw, the average amount of energy this home would consume. That 10kw system would cost about $28,000. 

If this sounds like a whole chunk of money to you, there’s good news. With the federal solar tax credit, which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of installing solar panels to your home from your federal taxes offered through December of 2020), the system’s price would essentially drop down to $20,700 which can be financed over five, ten, fifteen or even twenty years. Depending on where you live, there may be other rewards or offers from your energy provider or city for taking the initiative and going solar.

Considering that electricity prices continue to rise, the decision to purchase a solar system makes sense. Even if, in a perfect world, the price for electricity remained around $150 a month over the next 20 years, you would still save about $16,000 in comparison by installing residential solar panels.

What Can Affect How Many Solar Panels Your House Needs?

Remember that the above is a scenario for the average 1500 square foot house. Depending on the actual size of your home and the location, your electricity needs vary and the situation might be different for you. To determine how many solar panels you need to power your home, you first have to factor in the size of your home and the amount of electricity you and your family actually use. Then you must consider the orientation of your roof, how much southern exposure your roof has, and the amount of shade cast on your roof. Even where you choose to install your solar panels on your property affects the number of solar panels needed and the cost involved. Do you want solar panels on your roof or would you prefer them on a car port, a pergola or a ground mount? All of these variables affect the design and cost of your solar system, and the experienced professionals at Solartime take each one into account during the design phase.

How Long Does it Take to Make a Return on Investment From Installing Solar Panels?

Since you’ve decided to make the decision to move in on such a big purchase, you probably want to know how long it will take before you finally make a return on your investment. The return on your investment starts early on. 

How?

It is our opinion that the biggest return on your investment is that you will be making a positive impact on the environment right away. Not only will you stop using electricity that was produced using burning fossil fuels which pollute our environment, you will also help by sending any extra electricity that you over produce back into the grid. Also, the moment you switch to solar, you are immediately independent from the inevitable rise of electricity prices. 

With solar panels for your home, there is no upfront cost. The payments for your panels are locked in at the same price each month. Many of our Solartime customers finance their solar panels for the monthly amount their average electric bill was – essentially swapping one bill for another, while taking a huge step to help save the planet. In addition, your solar panels have a 25 year warranty, but studies show that the average lifespan of a solar panel is about 30-35 years and require little to no maintenance.  

 

Solartime Can Install Your Panels and Help You Know How Many Your House Needs

At Solartime, our professional advisor who assesses your roof, electric needs, and installation location, is well informed of the local and government incentives for going solar. We pride ourselves on being honest and upfront, so if our advisor determines that solar panels are not a good option for you, he or she will let you know. We only work with professional installers and our professional design team ensures that the system is designed specifically for the needs of your home. We are truly your one-stop solar installer. We are a local Dallas/Ft Worth family owned and operated company, and can’t wait to make you part of our Solartime USA family. 

Solartime USA can take the guesswork out of how many panels you need, and how much it will cost. It’s time to gain your independence from high energy costs by going solar! Call us at (972) 675-7725 or contact us online and we will be in touch with you within 24hrs to schedule your completely free consultation.

33 Easy Earth Day Tips – Save the Planet

Person holding a green plant

The glaciers are melting, the ocean is becoming an island of trash, and your everyday actions could be having a direct impact on the greenhouse effect. In times like this, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and wonder how one person could possibly make a difference. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a great time to make some simple changes that can actually help save the planet. 

Person holding a green plant

We all have the power to make small but impactful changes in our daily lives. These changes may seem inconsequential on their own, but when combined with the actions of thousands of other people, the positive impact we can collectively have on our planet is huge! Each of us has an impact, positive or negative, the choice is ours. To help you get started, we’ve put together the following 33 easy Earth Day tips.

Earth Day Tips

  1. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Turning off your lights when you leave a room is a great way to reduce the amount of energy you are using.
  2. Turn off devices that are not being used. Did you know energy is still used when computers and other electronics are on “stand-by” mode? Turn off your devices to cut back on energy consumption. 
  3. Use refillable water bottles. Stop using single-use plastic bottled and reduce plastic waste.
  4. Reduce waste by using glass containers for your lunches. Ditch the plastic zipper bags and plastic containers in favor of glass containers for a more eco-friendly option.
  5. Use eco-friendly cleaning products instead of harsh chemicals. Not only are eco-friendly cleaning products less harmful to the environment, these products usually have more eco-friendly packaging as well.
  6. Reduce food waste by only buying what you need. Buying in bulk may seem like a great idea, but it often leads to unnecessary food waste when buying fresh foods.
  7. Use silicone reusable bags. Cut back on plastic zipper bags and reduce plastic waste by switching to silicone reusable bags. 
  8. Buy locally grown food if possible. Less gasoline is used when the food doesn’t have to travel long distances.
  9. Don’t let your car idle. If you know you’re making a stop that will last longer than a couple of minutes, turn your engine off to reduce emissions. 
  10. Bring your reusable cup to your favorite coffee shop. Some cafes even give you a discount for going green so you can save some cash while you reduce waste.
  11. Collect rainwater for your plants. This is a great way to save potable water and also reduce your carbon footprint.
  12. Use cloth towels instead of paper towels. Clean up messes with cloth towels instead of creating unnecessary waste with paper towels.
  13. Use rechargeable batteries. Batteries can release heavy metals into the environment when dropped into a landfill. By using rechargeable batteries, you reduce the number of batteries that end up in landfills.
  14. Make sure none of your faucets are leaking. Little drops of water from leaky faucets add up to big water bills and a lot of wasted water.
  15. Get a set of reusable straws. Stop using plastic straws that can end up hurting animals like sea turtles.
  16. Leave your car at home. Organize a carpool, take a ride-share or use your bicycle when possible to cut back on emissions.
  17. Switch your light bulbs out for energy efficient ones. You can reduce energy consumption and your electricity bill when you switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
  18. Turn your faucet off when you brush your teeth. It’s surprising how much water you can save just by shutting off the faucet while you brush your teeth. 
  19. Fix items that don’t work instead of throwing them away. Waste less and save money by trying to fix broken items. There are so many tutorials online to help you with this!
  20. Unsubscribe from junk mail. Save the trees and reduce the amount of paper you throw out when you say goodbye to junk mail. 
  21. Go paperless. Have your receipts and monthly statements emailed to you to cut back on paper waste.
  22. Recycle old phones. Go to recycling centers/events in your area to recycle your old phones. Recycling electronics not only helps to conserve energy but also prevents the devices from ending up in a landfill where they can release harmful toxins into the environment.
  23. Start a garden. Growing your own food in a home garden is a great idea for several reasons. It will reduce your carbon footprint by not relying on produce that’s shipped in from another location, it’ll create a food source and habitat for insects and animals, and can help reduce air pollution.
  24. Use your own reusable bags. By using reusable bags instead of single-use plastic grocery bags, not only will you cut down on plastic waste, but often you will get a discount for bringing your own bags.
  25. Cook at home. Help reduce the use of take-out containers and plastic cutlery, not to mention the benefits this brings to your health and your pocketbook.
  26. Repurpose and reuse glass and other containers. This eliminates the need for buying new containers and reduces trash by not throwing them away.
  27. Create your own natural cleaners. It’s easy to find recipes for all sorts of natural cleaners using household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. You’ll reduce the amount of harmful chemicals you use plus you’ll cut down on plastic waste. 
  28. Hand wash your dishes. Go old-fashioned on your dishes and wash them by hand. You’ll save water and energy in addition to lowering your utility bill.
  29. Line dry your clothes. By drying your clothes in the fresh air, you’ll cut back on energy consumption and you’ll be amazed at how wonderful your laundry smells!
  30. Organize a cleaning event. Clean up a park, a playground area, or organize a neighborhood clean up! Get your friends, family, and neighbors involved to help clean up your city!
  31. Start a neighborhood garden. Just like with starting a home garden, a neighborhood garden helps prevent erosion and reduce air pollution. Plus, the extra produce can be sold to benefit a charity.
  32. Get kids involved.  Start a “go green challenge” to see how many environmentally friendly Earth Day ideas your kids can come up with – You may be very surprised!
  33. Volunteer at an environmental organization. Save the planet with new friends by volunteering at an environmental organization. 

 

Want to Celebrate Earth Day Year-Round? Convert to Solar Energy!

So, you’ve read through our Earth Day tips but want to do even more for the environment? Make everyday Earth Day by converting your home to solar energy! With solar energy, you produce your own electricity by utilizing the sun’s abundant energy, which helps the environment by reducing the need for energy produced using fossil fuels. Plus, any surplus clean electricity your solar panels produce gets fed back to the electric company.

The process for going solar is simple! Call 972-675-7725 or contact us online to set up your free consultation. Once you’ve decided to become part of the Solartime family, our professionals will take care of the rest. From filling out paperwork with the city to dealing with your HOA or electric company. We set up all appointments and have your new system installed, connected and inspected. We are a local family owned and operated Dallas/Ft Worth company so we are here to support you long past the installation.