Powering your cabin with solar energy
If you have a cabin, you know how it can be when the power drops. Powering a remote location is often a problem for electric and gas companies. If you want to have a cabin that always has power, you can rest assured the solar power can do that for you. You just need to keep some things in mind, and this article contains a quick guide to help you pick up solar energy.
1. Determine what you need power for. Part of the reason cabins are so cozy is that they do not function like regular homes. If you have a fireplace, for example, you may find that you don’t need to heat your cabin, for example. Therefore, look around and figure out what it is that you want to power in case of an emergency or a power outage. Some things you may want to power include your refrigerator, radio, freezer, and toilet. Consider whether you want to heat your water as well. You can get a solar energy water tank, if you have the budget or desire for it.
2. Once you determine what you want powered, that can give you ideas about how much solar energy you will need. Small devices will obviously need less energy than an entire cabin. Smaller panels will of course mean a smaller investment up front. You will have to keep track of your money and start saving for these panels, as they are not cheap. That is of course worthwhile, since eventually you won’t need to pay anything for utilities. Not only that, there is a lot of help out there for people who are purchasing solar energy products. There are tax breaks from your local city, state and country to help offset costs.
3. Find out where you will buy your supplies. Your immediate temptation might be to jump online and compare prices on the internet, but your local suppliers may be able to offer you a very attractive price. Shop around and compare prices from a number of different places before buying, but also take care to notice the kind of panels they are selling and whether those panels are superior to others.
4. Start saving. It is easier to save when you realize that you are saving this kind of money for the last time in your life. Supercharge your saving efforts by making efficient use of the energy you already live with, turning off appliances when not in use and similar measures. Then save money by selling extra items you own but never use. Have a garage sale, perhaps. Anything you can do to save money will help you get your free energy sooner, so make the effort when possible. Unless you live in your cabin all year long, you have a great deal of time to make this happen.
Now with these tips in mind, you can start looking at how you want to use solar energy in your cabin. That way, you will have power no matter what happens.