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4 Steps to Getting the Most Efficient Solar Panels

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Solar PV panels are currently growing in popularity. They’re a wonderful way to generate your own energy and earn money. But if you’re thinking of installing your own, it’s essential to make sure you get the most efficient solar panels for your property.

There is more to this than just finding solar panels with the best efficiency rate and installing them. To help you out, we’ve come up with 4 easy steps to getting the most efficient solar panels.

1. Define your budget

One of the first things you have to do when starting your search for efficient PV panels is define your budget. It’s not as easy as deciding to pay whatever you need to for the best ones –
solar panels with the best efficiency rate (normally 40 – 50%) are going to be way too expensive. Instead, come up with a realistic budget and have a look around to see what you can get for your money.

2. Work out when you want to start earning a profit

Another essential thing you need to think about is when you want to start making a profit on your PV panels.

If you want to move out of your property eventually or wish to make money from your panels as soon as possible, blowing your whole budget probably isn’t the best thing to do. Normally, the more you invest the more efficient your panels will be. However, spending more initially will mean it takes longer to feel the financial benefit of the Feed-in Tariff and energy bill cuts.

If long-term saving and profit is your goal, then purchase the most efficient solar panels you can afford. However, if your requirements are more short-term, consider investing a little less.

3. Consider how much space you have

It’s also necessary to consider how much space you have when looking for PV panels. Before you start, work out how much room you have for panels in square metres. If you don’t have much space then it’s a good idea to consider more efficient and expensive photovoltaic panels to maximise your output. But if you have a considerable amount of space then it may be more cost-effective to fit several less-efficient panels to produce the amount of energy you need.

4. Bear the time of year in mind

The time of year might also affect you in your search for the most efficient solar panels for your property. If your aim is long-term benefit then when you fit your panels is more than likely irrelevant. However, if you want to maximise your short-term panel efficiency, then try to fit your panels in early spring. There are longer daylight hours in the spring and summer, so your panels will generate more energy.

Following these 4 steps should help you to source the most efficient solar panels for your property in accordance with your budget and timesframe.

Solar panel installers are fantastic people to talk to to find out prices and get advice. Fill out our online form and we’ll put you in touch with up to 4 MSC-certified professionals in your area.

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Evy Coe

Evy works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. She loves to write about interior design and help homeowners with their DIY projects.