Energy costs just keep rising and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to change any time soon…
We’ve all most probably heard about the cost of solar energy and how far out of range it can be for most families. In this article, I’ll outline some important notes that can help you save a lot of money and also share some general information about the caveats of the government rebate system.
About The Government Rebates
Government rebates on solar energy can help many low income families tackle the rising cost of electricity, but there is one important issue, you really should be aware of. Although the rebates are a great idea, many “un-professional” service people have come on the scene. The government rebates are a great opportunity for solar companies and small businesses, to really make a lot of money and given that quality of the work is outstanding, it makes for a perfect scheme. But, now some small “greedy” businesses are taking advantage of this, by cutting costs so that they can rake in the profits from the rebate. Installation cost a lot of money and it seems that this is the area that is often skipped as far as professionalism goes. Some small business has even had their young kids do the installation, which doesn’t surprise me to the least… That is why so many of these installations are going wrong, causing fires and what have you. At the end of the day, the profits are big and expenses are low!
If the government rebate is to survive, then these faults have to come to a standstill. What You Could Do To Save Big On A Solar Energy System
I find off grid systems the easiest to work with, simply because you can do all the work yourself and by not being grid tied, you get 100% of YOUR electricity you produce. The very core of the energy system is the inverter.
In my opinion, it’s best to get the largest inverter practical and then just add panels to it over time. This is the cheapest way to get the biggest system… It’s cheapest because you haven’t got the panels yet, but that’s the beauty of it. You can simply add panels whenever you can afford it – Which is certainly cheaper than getting all the solar panels in one, go!
But please note; each time you upgrade the system with solar panels, the charging of batteries is quicker, and each time a battery is added, it slows down the charging… The whole point of the system, is to eventually have enough batteries to supply power for a long time (like through the night) and have enough panels to charge the batteries in one “day” cycle . This is my ideal system! During the day, the energy system could work between solar power and stored power, to supply the day’s needs.
What Type Of Inverter Is Best?
The simple Short answer is Pure Sine Wave Inverter. All other inverters are either square wave or modified sine wave and those can power most appliances, but for sensitive electronic appliances such as Plasma TV for example, pure sine wave is best. Other types of inverters may damage sensitive electronic equipment.