How To Use Solar Power In Your Home And Move Towards Living Off The Grid

By Hannes | March 1, 2018 | Blog

With the constant increase in electricity prices and the demand for electricity, consumers are looking for ways in which they can do their bit to save money and electricity. We have put together a list of ways in which you can incorporate solar power into your home to help you move one step closer to living off the national power grid.

Rooftop Solar Panels

The rooftop solar panels are the most common form of solar power solutions. As these go onto your roof, you won’t need to worry with it taking up space within your yard. Based on an average size house, you’ll be able to generate sufficient power with just a few solar panels. If your house is bigger, you can explore the option of having more solar panels installed and have sufficient power to live off the grid and have a backup connection to your municipal grid.

Solar or Gas Water Heating

Another way in which you can implement solar in your home is by using solar panels to heat up your water. This can be connected to both your geyser and your swimming pool. If you are wanting a different way of saving on your power bill at the end of every month is to explore the option of getting a gas line installed and connected to your geyser. By doing this, you only heat up the water you require.

Installing A Gas Stove and Oven

This is something that has only come to light in recent years. By installing a gas stove and oven, you don’t have to worry with using electricity to run your stove. You can run the gas line into your kitchen and cook everything making use of gas. This puts you in a favourable position should the power go out as you’ll still be able to cook.

Solar Air Conditioning

Solar air conditioning isn’t a common feature in South African homes but is possible. Besides for your oven and stove, the air conditioner is in the top appliances that consumes the most electricity. It applies the same principle as if you were using it to heat water and the heat generated from the panels feeds directly to your air conditioning unit.

As the cost of installing solar power doesn’t come cheap, its important to conduct sufficient research and planning to ensure you can afford it. Although the initial investment doesn’t come cheap, the long term rewards are endless as you’ll soon start reaping the rewards of your investment.

This is just four ways in which you can apply solar power to your home to help you become more energy efficient. Should you require further assistance on where you should begin or what all it entails, you can contact the team at Maxyield. With numerous years experience in the industry, they’ll be able to give you the guidance you need.