Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 5/4/2011

Best solar panel system

Is there anything on the horizon that will make solar panels more affordable? How do I make sure I’m getting the best system for my house?

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

1 Answer


See previous response: There are several different options to consider when choosing a form of clean, renewable energy for your home. A geothermal heating system is an efficient way to produce hot or cold air; in fact, it uses roughly one-fifth the electricity of a conventional system to produce the same amount of air. It’s the most common form of renewable energy in homes. While there aren’t any federal incentives, a few states offer rebate programs. Another source is wind power. It’s better in rural areas, where there is more open space, and it needs (obviously!) a strong source of wind. You can even save money with wind power — through 'net metering,' a program where your utility company may credit you for returning power back to them, something that could happen on windy days (or sunny, in the case of solar panels). Solar energy panels can produce energy even in the winter or on cloudy days, and they can heat water, too. Solar energy is also eligible for net metering. There are also many state and federal incentives to use solar panels in your home. Visit the Database of State Incentive for Renewables & Efficiency for more information on some of these programs. When shopping for solar panels, you’ll need to select the panels based on the total wattage needed for your home. For example, if you need 3,000 watts and you like 200-watt solar panels, you’ll need to buy 15 (3,000 divided by 200) panels. You might choose to buy fewer, larger panels so that you have to do less wiring, or you might pick smaller panels, which are easier to carry. Other factors could include the color, manufacturer and price. New solar panel technology includes the use of nanoparticles and organic dyes, which make the panels partially transparent and easier to blend in with your home, and more inexpensive solar cells that can be simply printed or painted on plastic sheets. Eventually, homeowners might be able to print the solar cells onto the plastic themselves.

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy