Aug 7, 2018

Solar Home Technology

solar home technology

We live in a world of rising innovation, smart technology and clever resourcing. It’s an ever-changing, ever-productive and ever-efficient world. Home technology is on the rise, and using the Earth’s resources has never been needed more. A solar-powered smart home seems the next level of the home industry standard. In fact, California is even requiring new homes under three-stories to be solar powered, starting in 2020. Solar power can help save you money on your energy bill, and reduce your carbon footprint. That’s a win-win solution for homeowners. Although installation of solar panels can be expensive, the government does offer tax breaks, popularity & competition have brought the price down, and the long-term benefits of using solar home technology are helping with that initial cost.

Here in Texas, the average homeowner will take about 12 years to pay back the costs of solar installation, save about $21,500 after 25 years, and be offered a federal tax credit, state tax exemption, and even get equipment rebates.

Here are some solar home technology manufacturer options, should you decide to go solar:

  • Tesla

This year, Tesla brought forward a new solar roof product. It’s a total roof replacement for your home. Your existing roof would be replaced with Tesla’s non-solar glass tiles and solar-enabled glass tiles. Note that unless you want to go solar and your home is in need of a new roof, this option isn’t necessarily for you. It’s also extremely expensive, and there is currently a waiting list. It’s also worth noting that in a cost effectiveness hypothetical calculation of a 4,500 square foot home in Bellaire, Texas, the cost of the new Tesla roof would actually cause the homeowner to lose money over a 30 year period. Try the Tesla online cost calculator to determine the cost effectiveness in your area, before considering this futuristic and pricey roof.

Tesla also offers something for the more moderate family homes – solar panels. These panels produce renewable clean energy from the sun to power your home. They blend into your roof with no visible mounting hardware, and integrated front skirts. This gives it a streamlined look that’s also very sleek. The Powerwall is charged by the energy produced from the panels, and allows you access to that energy whenever you need it. It also enables your panels to produce energy during grid outages. Plus, you get the trusted Tesla name behind them!

  • SunPower

SunPower is considered the leader in solar panel manufacturing.  The downside? They are some of the most expensive panels out there. However, when comparing out of pocket prices to the benefits, they make a great case. The panel efficiency holds a world record at 22%, with their average efficiency rating of 20.6%.  They also offer a 25-year warranty and their equipment really stands up to time. You get what you pay for, and when you pay more, you get a long-term warranty, the best efficiency and reliable equipment that will last. 

  • LG

We all know LG products, and most of us own several. We highlighted LG technology in several smart home posts. Their LG solar panels are widely considered some of the best high-efficiency products on the market in the solar world. That’s no surprise, with their dependability record. they offer a 21.1% efficiency rate, and on average, they deliver 18.8% efficiency. In addition, their average cost per watt is highly competitive. They have a sleek black design, a brand new 25-year warranty and their trusted reliability. 

  • Panasonic

Panasonic‘s HIT™ technology helps with the high solar panel efficiency and low temperature coefficient, which means higher electricity production for your home. They, too, offer a 25-year product warranty, and great cost efficiency. You’ll get affordability and efficiency with Panasonic panels. Those HIT™ panels use a combination of mono crystalline and ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers.  All of that fancy talk means they use layers to maximize efficiency and limit heat energy loss.  They have a pyramid striation that reduces reflection, while directing sunlight directly into the solar cells, too.

Affordability and efficiency are the two most important components to consider when thinking about using solar home technology. This upgrade is expensive, so you want to do your research carefully.  When you source the sun for power in your home, you reduce your carbon footprint, and will save money on expensive electricity bills.  Weigh the pros and cons of the manufactures and panel installation companies carefully, then enjoy your new energy efficient home!