Solar Panel Kits for Homes

Do-it-yourself solar panel kits offer homeowners an effective way to improve home-energy independence without forking over a lot of money. By reducing your reliance on the traditional energy grid -- which solar panel kits help you do by giving you a means of generating electricity to run appliances, heating systems and cooling systems -- you can realize energy savings of hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year.

Solar Power Starter Kits

Solar power kits provide off-the-grid electric power.

A solar starter kit functions much like a backup generator for your home. These kits consist of only a few solar panels, which are easy to install and connect to a battery. The sun's energy is collected by the panels and used to charge the battery, which can power your home in the event of an electrical outage.

Solar Heating Kits

Solar heating kits are available with varying wattage specifications, and can be used to supplement or replace the traditional power sources that run your heating system. These kits require a more elaborate installation process, because the solar panels must be connected via wiring to your furnace or central heater. If you have a central HVAC system, you can get solar kits that will provide power for all your heating and cooling needs.

Solar Refrigerator and Freezer Kits

Like solar heater kits, solar fridge and freezer kits will have to be wired to connect with your home's refrigerators and freezers. They are especially useful in the event of an extended power outage, protecting your food from spoilage.

Solar Lighting Kits

Like solar heating kits, solar lighting kits are available with various wattage specs, and you can use them to power part or all of your home's fixed lighting sources. Each lighting source must be individually wired to the solar panels, so this option will require some work to complete.

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