As fuel prices rise, there is a lot of curiosity about solar energy these days. But you may wonder if the Cleveland area even gets enough sunlight to make solar panels an option. The short answer is, yes….but, Greater Cleveland on average gets about four to five hours of sun per day; however, because of Lake Erie, we have more cloud cover than most parts of the country. While you can find enough sun to power solar panels here, current utility rates and our cloud cover may not always provide a good return on solar investments in this part of the country. So if saving money is your primary motivation for seeking out solar options, you may want to do more research.
Another use of solar energy is to supplement the electricity that is currently supplied to your home from the grid. The amount of solar energy generated will depend on the number and size of the panels on your home. Solar panels should be placed on a south-facing surface and angled so that they can get the maximum amount of sunlight possible. The greenery of the Cleveland suburbs is beautiful, but solar panels should not be placed in shaded areas, so make sure you have a shade-free area so you can soak up as much solar energy as possible.
Solar energy can also be used to heat your home’s domestic hot water. Thermal energy from the sun is used to heat water year around; it doesn’t matter if the air outside is warm or cold. There are several types of solar water heaters, but all include storage tanks and solar collectors. Lots of options exist, so you should feel free to call a P.K. Wadsworth professional for an expert opinion. If solar is not right for you, there are many other energy saving strategies that we can suggest to you.
Both panels and water heaters are eligible for solar energy federal tax credits that don’t expire until 2016, so call us today to learn more.
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