Friday, June 21, 2013
Having a vacation cabin is a great way to get away from the stresses of life and enjoy the beauty of nature. The problem is that many of these cabins are in places that do not have access to the power grid. You don't need to worry about this because there is an answer to this problem. The solution to this problem is solar power. Solar power can supply your cabin with all the energy you need and will save you the expense of having a power bill at your vacation cabin.
The first step in getting solar power on your cabin is to assess how much energy you will need. Are you going to need heat and cooling in your cabin? What kinds of appliances are you going to use? How much power will the lights and other energy consuming products use? This will help you determine the size of the system you will need and will also help you decide if there are items that you can live without. Do you really need a clothes dryer at your cabin or can you hang your laundry out to dry?
After you know how much power you will be using, you need to search for some quality panels and dealers. You can install the system yourself, but wiring the cabin and installing the panels can be too complicated and require special tools that the average homeowner will not be skilled enough to use. So, hiring someone to do the work for you is a great idea. You need to use common sense when hiring a contractor to install your solar panels. Check references, determine how long they have been in business, check their licenses and insurance and be diligent about researching the company you hire. If you have any kinds of problems with the installation or panels in the future, you want to make sure that the company will still be in business and you can have any issues resolved.
When you decide on the contractor and types of panels you will need, think about adding a solar water heater as well. These systems are usually much smaller than the power systems and will reduce the power drain on the solar panels. It is a great addition to your solar powered cabin and can be done for a minimal cost.
Mary E Trimble
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