Whether you are looking to live a greener lifestyle, or simply looking for a way to lower your
monthly utility bills, switching to solar is one of the best decisions you can make as a home-
Solar panels capture free energy from the sun and convert it into electricity that can be use
to power the lights, appliances, and heating and cooling system in your home.
While some local electric companies charge a small monthly fee for use of their power
grid, in many cases, installing a home solar system will allow you to completely eliminate
your monthly electric bill.
Additionally, a solar system also eliminates your reliance on energy obtained from non-
renewable energy sources, greatly reducing your carbon footprint.
“Whether you are looking to live a greener lifestyle,
or a way to lower your monthly utility bills,
switching to solar is one of the best decisions
you can make as a homeowner.”
In recent years, home solar design has evolved, and new trends are emerging as the
In 2016, there are three main home design trends you can expect to see when it comes
to solar panels and home solar systems.
Increased Reliance on Passive Solar Energy
As architects become more aware of the benefits of designing homes with energy
efficiency in mind, you can expect to see home designs change to allow for a greater
reliance on passive solar energy.
Without the presence of solar energy systems, the sun can still provide solar energy
to our homes.
This includes designing homes to include plenty of light and radiant heat through
ample windows, while additional home features can be adjusted for the cold winter
Another form of passive solar energy is by using wall mounted solar collectors that
heat water for the home without the use of a larger, more expensive home solar
Transition to Monocrystalline Technology
In the solar panel industry, photovoltaic cells have ruled as the most popular choice
since solar panels first became an option for homes and businesses around the world.
However, advances in technology have revealed a more efficient way to collect solar
energy and convert it into usable electricity.
Monocrystalline technology, while more expensive at the initial investment, has been
found to have a longer life and to have an efficiency that is four to eight times more
than the cheaper photovoltaic cells.
Use of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics
Even though home solar energy systems have been found to increase the value of homes,
some homeowners or neighborhood associations have expressed concerns about the
appearance of large panels on the roof of a home and worry that the panels may decrease
Building-integrated photovoltaics provides an answer to these concerns, as they are created
to work with the design of the home.
These panels actually replace the building materials that would be normally be found where
the panels are located.
For residential homes, this might play out as modules built to function as multiple roof tiles, or
solar shingles that actually replace the shingles of the roof.
If you’re looking for a qualified professional who can install your solar panels, check out Get Assist
where you can find a contractor who will get the job done.
In an industry that is constantly improving, it is important to stay educated on the emerging home
design trends of solar panels.
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