Solar energy in your home 101: A guide to cost, maintenance, and day-to-day management

Solar energy in your home 101: A guide to cost, maintenance, and day-to-day management

Welcome to your future solar-powered home. In 2023, solar energy has become an increasingly dominant source of power for homes all around the world, with South Africa quickly playing catch-up.  Not only does it reduce your load-shedding woes and your carbon footprint, but there is potential to both save you money by reducing electricity bills, as well as add value to your property. 

The upfront cost of installing solar panels on your roof can be intimidating, but it should not deter you. Advances in solar technology have made it more affordable than ever before, and government incentives can help offset the initial investment. Plus, think of it as an investment in your future. Depending on the size of your solar solution, you'll see significant savings on your energy bill each month, and as of new government legislation, even be able to claim back in taxes. 

Maintenance is minimal, so you won't be stuck with additional expenses. In fact, solar panels require very little upkeep making it one of your few stress-free investments. However, it's essential to keep an eye on your system and make sure everything is running smoothly. Cleaning your panels occasionally can help maximise efficiency, and you'll want to inspect your inverter periodically to ensure its functioning correctly.

Day-to-day management of your solar-powered home is simple. With smart home technology, you can monitor your energy usage and production in real-time from your smartphone. You can also set up alerts to notify you of any issues, so you can address them right away. If you're concerned about using electricity at night or on cloudy days, don't be. If a battery storage system is part of your solar solution, you can store excess energy generated during the day for use at night or on cloudy days.

In summary, a solar-powered home in 2023 is a smart investment that provides you with freedom from load shedding, saves you money, reduces your carbon footprint, and requires minimal maintenance. With advances in solar technology and government incentives, there's never been a better time to switch to solar. 

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