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What Can Solar Panels Power?

solar-and-sunnyIn our previous post, we talked about some reasons why you may want to install solar panels on your property. As a quick refresher, we will once again just reiterate the fact that solar energy allows you to make your home a much more environmentally-friendly place to live. It helps you to use sustainable energy that you can rely on while drastically cutting back on your energy costs. It can also increase your property value, all while you enjoy rebates on select equipment to help cut initial costs.

As we mentioned last time, you must also keep in mind the fact that solar panels must be professionally installed and serviced. The technology is easy to use once it’s in place. In fact, you won’t even really think about it all that often. However, the actual installation of this equipment, along with the system design, can be quite complex. Scheduling your solar panel installation in Fresno, CA with us ensures not only that your panels are installed right, but that you’ll have the energy that you need to power everything that you’re planning on.

Appliances, Electronics, and Comfort Systems

It may sound overly optimistic to tell you that you can power pretty much every appliance, electronic, and comfort system that you need in your home with your solar energy system — but it’s true! Solar panels contain multiple solar cells on each panel, and these cells absorb sunlight in order to convert it into usable direct current electricity. That means that, provided that you have enough solar panels in place, any appliance in your home that is powered by electricity from the grid can just as easily be powered by electricity harnessed and produced by solar panels. It’s not unlike forgoing water from the utility in order to use private well water, instead.

Now, the tricky part is determining just how many solar panels you are going to need in order to keep up with your energy demands. We have plenty of sunlight at our disposal here in California, obviously. However, there is only so much that a single solar panel can do with that sunshine. You don’t want to over-invest in solar panels, only to be producing way more energy than you really need. You also don’t want to find that you are not generating enough, though, and that you are largely dependent on electricity from the grid that you intended to use only as an infrequent backup — if at all.  We’ll make sure that your system is appropriate for your home and electrical needs.

Heat Water with Solar Energy!

One of the greatest applications of solar energy is using it to heat water. Hot water is in high demand in any home, presuming that that home has to deal with laundry, dishes, showers, and all of the other hot water uses that all homes share in common. That is why using a solar water heater is such a great option for homeowners interested in taking advantage of solar energy.

A solar water heater is a bit unique in a solar energy system, because it does not necessarily require solar panels to operate. Sure, you can use the electricity that powers your home and is generated by solar panels to power any water heater requiring electricity. There are also a variety of options when it comes to independent solar water heaters, though, from those that move water through tubing that faces the sun to those using solar collectors in a passive, gravity fed system. We’ll help you to find the right solar water heater for your needs.

We strive to provide honest answers and solutions to the problems our customers experience while remaining highly competitive in price, and offer the fastest turnaround you can find! Schedule your solar services with Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning.