Best solar panels for your home and budget

So how do solar panels power a home?

It’s quite simple: solar panels work by allowing particles of light (or photons) to convert the light from the sun into electricity. Photovoltaic (PV) cells, which directly translates from photo=”light” and voltaic =”electricity”, are composed of special materials called semiconductors, such as silicon.  When the light hits the cells it is absorbed into the material, knocking the electrons loose and allowing them to flow freely. And voila, clean energy! Now that you know how solar panels produce energy, let’s see which type of panels are widely used.

Which types of solar panels are typically used for homes?

There are a few out in the market but the most commonly used are Monocrystalline and Polysilicon panels. Crystalline solar panels are the traditional option. These are composed of polysilicon or monocrystalline material. Monocrystalline generally cost more that the polysilicon, but are more efficient, making them a worthwhile investment.

Thin film silicon panels are more cost-effective, however they aren’t as efficient as the conventional technology. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) are used by many consumers because they look more appealing, as they are designed to be integrated into a building or home. They are more costly and a little less efficient, but nonetheless popular.

The perfect balance of savings and security

So, thats a lot of information, but how do you know what is right for your home and wallet? If you are seriously considering solar power to save money, you should research possible savings and talk to at least a couple of experts in the field.



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