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The Top Four Types of Residential Solar Panels

Which type of home solar panels will work best for your home? Learn about the top four types of residential solar panels and which are most affordable, which are quickest to install and which will save you the most money!


The size the residential solar panel system that you will need depends largely on your daily energy usage, the number of hours your house receives peak sunlight, and the percentage of electricity you're projecting to generate through your solar power panels.

How do you know if you're ready to make the move to solar? There are at least three reasons to choose solar energy:

  • To increase the overall value of your home
  • To decrease your carbon footprint on the environment
  • To save on monthly energy costs

Which Home Solar Panels Will Work Best for
Your Home?

There are several types of solar power panels on the market today, and each has different benefits and drawbacks. Here are a summary of the most popular.

  1. Do-It-Yourself Solar Panel Kits - these are by far the most popular and the most affordable of all the types of solar panels available to the homeowner. The DIY kits are complete with the solar panels (you specify how many, size, etc), detailed instructions, a solar inverter, and any other devices required to bring your home into the future using solar energy.

    If you'd just like to try a few solar panels to see if they make any real difference and don't want to blow your budget, give a DIY kit a go! These kits sometimes have Frequently Asked Questions or troubleshooting information if you run into any problems. The drawback to DIY solar panels is that they will take time to install.

  2. Build Your Own Solar Panels - there are a large percentage of people who are trying their hand at building their own home solar panels. Once you have instructions in hand (which you can obtain easily online), simply visit your local hardware store and electrical store to pick up the materials you need.

    It's easy to find information online about how many solar panels you'll need for your home too, so without the purchase of a kit, the amount of money you spend is minimal.

    The drawback to a build solar panel project is that you may run into some challenges while installing. If you don't have professional installation skills, or a group of expert DIY solar enthusiasts, this may cost you a great deal of time.

    There are some excellent free and affordable DIY solar resources I've gathered together, along with several free eBooks that you may find helpful in our free affordable solar energy library.

  3. RV Solar Panels - recreational vehicle solar panels are just the ticket for people who enjoy traveling, but would prefer not to leave anything but their footprints behind as they traverse the countryside!

    The RV solar kits usually include the solar panels, mounting structures, fuses, a charge controller, output wiring, and intermodule cables. It may sound complicated, but actually, most RV owners can install the solar panels onto their vehicle with very little trouble.

    Once the rv solar panels are connected, they'll power the RV's appliances, television, radio, and batteries. No need to find a place to 'hook up' because your power source travels with you!

  4. Customized Solar Panels - as we all know, the term "affordable" doesn't mean the same thing for everyone. If it's within your budget to do so, then by all means, hire a professional contractor and have your solar panels custom designed for your home.

    Installation is expensive, but for those who are not do-it-yourself type people, hiring someone else for this job will save you time and will ensure that your solar panels are installed properly the first time around!

What will the different types of residential solar panels cost? It's difficult to give an exact dollar amount, but in general terms, it's based on the components used in the panels and the cost of either the DIY kit you purchased, the materials you purchased to make the panels yourself, or for professional design and installation.

Here's the good news - once you've invested in your solar panels, the energy savings you'll enjoy will cover not only the cost of what you spent, but will also provide free energy for years to come. Maintenance is minimal, if non-existent on solar panels, so it's one less thing to worry about instead of something additional added to your to-do list.


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