Using DIY Rooftop Solar to Create a Net-Zero Home Posted on 26 Apr 07:30
With careful planning, a DIY rooftop solar energy system can harness enough power from the sun to eliminate your monthly electricity bills.
When you no longer have to pay the utility company for electricity, you are the proud owner of a net-zero home. Not surprisingly, a DIY solar kit is one of the best ways to achieve this lucrative financial goal.
What Is a Net-Zero Home?
Traditional homes get all their electricity from the utility grid. As a result, these properties rely on fossil fuels to generate their power — and the municipal power grid to supply it to them.
A net-zero home, also known as a zero-energy home, creates its own electricity with a renewable energy system, such as a DIY solar array. The amount of power produced is roughly equal to (or more than) the amount of household energy consumption.
Owning a zero-energy home brings significant savings. According to the Department of Energy, the average household pays the power company about $114 each month. When that figure is reduced to zero, the savings quickly add up.
DIY Rooftop Solar Can Make Your Home Zero-Energy
Most solar homes remain connected to the utility grid. This provides a source of power at night and during cloudy weather. But if you have to draw on grid electricity, you couldn’t possibly have net-zero status, right?
Wrong. Zero energy homes harness extra energy from the sun during the day and send it to the grid, allowing the power company to use it somewhere else. So while these houses may use grid power at times, they’re using the energy that they created earlier.
As long as the amount of electricity you send to and take from the utility grid are about the same, your home will be considered to have zero-energy status.
How to Reach Net-Zero Status with DIY Rooftop Solar
Not every DIY rooftop solar installation results in zero-energy status. For some do-it-yourselfers, eliminating their electric bills takes a little extra effort.
Energy efficiency is the name of the game if you choose to purchase a system that doesn’t meet all your power needs. Lowering household consumption is the key.
Swapping your appliances for energy-efficient models, upgrading your insulation, installing a smart thermostat, sealing the house and replacing your windows are just a few steps that can have a big impact. But even small steps, like switching your light bulbs for a more energy-efficient variety and adding power strips to more easily cut electricity to appliances and electronics not in use can help reduce your consumption.
Of course, if you purchase a home that already has rooftop solar — just not quite enough — you can always consider a DIY solar expansion!
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