Is solar energy the right solution for your home?

Is solar energy the right solution for your home?

Solar energy is fast emerging as the go-to option for South African homeowners who want to avoid the effects of load shedding. With many employees still working from home and needing reliable and stable internet access, homeowners and renters alike are quickly moving to explore the right solar solution to fit their needs and budget. Along with the vast variety of options and providers available, comes an overload of confusing information and a call for clarity. To ensure that you are making the best decision for your home, we have highlighted a few points for you to consider. 

What is the right solution for your home?

The good news is that almost any home in South Africa can benefit from solar energy, regardless of location or size. If you have access to direct sunlight for at least 4-5 hours a day, you could be generating your own electricity and enjoying the benefits of a reliable, cost-efficient power supply. 

Key considerations

Before you dash off to install solar panels on your roof, there are a few important factors to consider:

  1.  Roof orientation, age and access to sunlight: Although solar panels are designed to work in multiple locations and climates, it is worth knowing the orientation of your roof (North or East facing preferable). Roof age is also important to know so that you do not need to replace your roof soon after installing solar panels. If your roof is covered by the shade of trees, this may affect the amount of sunlight the solar panels are exposed to. 
  2. Identifying what needs to be powered: Once you have the go-ahead to install solar on your roof, you should think about how much of your home you need powered. Do you want your life to continue entirely uninterrupted or do you just need your WIFI, geyser and oven to work. The extent of your solar solution will come down to what you need powered and your budget.  
  3. Financing: Installing a solar solution can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be out of your reach. There are various financing options available through providers like Nedbank and Hohm Energy.
  4. Select the right solar company: As the industry continues to boom, the number of companies offering solar products and services is growing rapidly. Make sure to find a reputable solar company that can help you make an informed decision by assessing your energy usage, budget, and preferences to recommend the best solar solution for your needs.

Don't let the confusion of choosing the right solar energy solution for your home hold you back from enjoying the benefits of a reliable, cost-efficient power supply. By considering factors such as roof suitability, system size, cost, and seeking expert advice from a reputable solar company, you can reap the benefits of solar. 

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