Even though many men and women want to switch over to solar energy simply because it is a good way to save money and help our world, many men and women think that this is just too expensive to do. Although it is true that you'll need to spend some money upfront, depending on the size of the system, and if you are willing to do things yourself, you are going to see that you can wind up saving cash. On this page we are going to be checking out a few of the different costs involved to switching to solar and also how you can save cash while doing this.
The first thing I want to mention is that you can in fact invest in complete solar panel units that will include almost everything you are going to need to be able to get started. One thing I ought to point out is that when you purchase these complete systems, there's one thing that is not included and those are the batteries in order to store the energy you do not use. If you wind up building a large solar panel system you will need far more batteries than if you were to just build a smaller solar panel system. You are going to want to buy deep cycle batteries and you're going to find that you will be able to find these just about anywhere and the cost is about $100 each.
Something I want to mention is that usually it is going to be more expensive to purchase a complete system than to go out and buy everything separately, and these complete systems can be quite expensive. With regards to buying the solar panels themselves you are going to see that you are able to actually purchase a 100 W panel for about $300. For individuals who live alone in a little home you may see that 3 or 4 panels is all you need in order to eliminate your electricity bill, of course this will also be a great way for other individuals to lower their energy bill. For those of you who use loads of electricity or have loads of people living in your home, you will see that a solar panel system of 10 or even 20 solar energy panels will be needed.
A charge controller for the batteries as well as a power inverter are 2 other items that you're going to need to purchase to be able to use this electricity. It's extremely hard to come up with an actual price for the power inverter simply because there are lots of different sizes and the larger the inverter you need the more cash you'll need to pay for it.
For individuals who shop around and search for the best deals you're going to find that a little solar panel system of three or four panels will only end up costing you $1000 to $1500. If you are one of the individuals who aren't handy in any way, you will probably need someone to install the system for you, and this obviously is something which will be an added expense.