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Has anyone got a good solar panel website. I'm interested in educating myself on the subject. Google returns a bunch of nonsense.
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Not worth it. Payback is about 5 years last time I looked.
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I was hoping to do the set up and maybe one panel off the bat. Then add other panels later.
Five year payoff doesn't sound too bad.
I would love to build them up over time. Whatever you do, don't pay for those do-it-yourself websites. I am pretty sure ALL of them are scams. I was listening to someone on the radio the other day say that it is not time to buy solar panels, that it is about to become much more affordable soon as technology advances. Imagine when a 1 foot solar panel will do what a 50 by 50 array will do? Thats where the tech is heading.
how big of a family do you have? what are you using them to do, heat your water or power your house completely?
im a salesman for a plumbing supply company and we do solar systems out of my branch. the average system works out to be about $2800 for a plumbing contractor to buy. regular retail cost is probably bout 1000 more. by them time you have a plumber install the whole setup you are probably looking at about $5000 or $6000 minimum. the payback on a solar water heating system is about 5-10 years here in florida depending on your usage and family size. if you have less that 4 people in your house it is not even worth considering.
what state are you in? you have to consider other factors like whether it freezes where you live or not. every time there is a freeze warning on these solar panels you have to drain off the water or they will crack when the water running through them freezes
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Nuclear power ftw. Make a mini reactor in your garage. Let me know if you need help.
Family of three in Mobile Al. 2200 sq ft house. Power bill is roughly 180 a month -- heat is gas.
Brick home built in 1949. Energy efficient windows. R30 blown in attics.
Why would you say it's not worth it for a family of less than 4? I'd like to have a five year return on investment. 5k just for a solar water heater?
I'd like to power as much of the house as possible. Does it make a difference that no roof slopes on my house face the south?
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Someone alluded to it but wait 2-3 years! Carbon lattice technology is about to explode and totally change the solar panel market. Cheaper and far better is on the way.
How many rims will it cost, Bob?
Research net zero homes and take it to the next level. Have the power company pay you monthly :).
Roof shingle solar panels are the latest hotness. Turns your entire roof into a solar panel.
My BIL is building a new home in SE Michigan. He's going with a geothermal heating/cooling system. His upfront costs are nearly $30,000, but the 30% tax credit is still intact. His research says he'll come out ahead after approximately 5.5 years (3000+sq ft, 2 adults 2 kids, figuring $400/month average gas and electric bill using traditional power methods).
with a solar heater you have to get an 80gallon storae tank and 2 or 3 people just dont use enough water to justify all the expenses of solar water heating. unless you are filling a garden tub 3 times a day you wont use enough water to justify the upfront cost. you really need 5+ people in the house to get appreciable savings.
to be quite honest they are a bunch of hybrid electric heaters out there that are much more efficient. GE makes a hybrid heater that incorporates a heat pump system and actually draws in the warm air in your garage and expels cool air. its basically a reverse air conditioner. you get the bonus that it air conditions your garage and uses the outside air temperature to heat your water for you. during cold months it is heated by the eletric elements inside but its real savings is during the hot summer months. the heater has a 6 year warranty and pays for itself 2.5 times over the life of the warranty. its only about 1100 dollars if you get it from Ferguson(the company i work for) and it has a $100 mail in rebate.
your other option is to get a tankless gas heater. if youve got gas powering your house this option is outstanding as well. you never run out of water and its pretty hasslefree if you maintain it.
This also is a good route. Too much breakthrough predicted over the next 3 years to get solar. It's like buying an Iphone 1 when the five can come out next summer.
thats why i dont advocate solar. geothermal is a really good option if you live in an area where it is available and have the money for the upfront costs
Yeah, but the future is bright pardon the pun. I think by 2035 as much as 95% of humanity's power needs could/should be supplied by solar and 4th generation nuclear.
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