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Ramona Said:

How much does solar paneling cost for an average size single family home?

We Answered:

Well, realistically, there are all sorts of variables involved. Among them, in addition to the consideration of the types and quantities of appliances you'll want to be powered, you'll have to consider the type of solar panels you want, since there are all sorts of types of panels, varying in quality and the amount of solar energy they create.

So, for starters, here is a link to section of a handyman site that is devoted to solar power information and it also includes other information on other alternative energies--I know generally there are all sorts of government grants and rebates, etc:…

Your best bet is also to seek the advice of local electrical contractors, since they usually install them. Free estimates from local electrical contractors (who hook up solar panels, etc.) are the key to your success in this home improvement project of yours. Here's a great link to a handyman site that offers free very resourceful information to assist you in determining the cost of your project, and, ultimately, selecting a local electrical contractor in an effort to get the best deal for you:


I'm sure you'll find the information you need, specifically the tips, useful as it relates to being treated fairly by contractors and exploring the consumer-wise approach of getting free written estimates to find the best contractor in your area.

Hope this helps!

The Internet. Just whatever is available online and what I have on my mind, including the inclusion of relevant sites, like the one cited that came about from my efforts, which is intended to be useful. Helping people get the relevant info they want is great.

Courtney Said:

What is the average cost to add solar panels for home electricity?

We Answered:

Go here first:

They have state by state listings for renewable energy. Then contact your local electric provider and ask them who is licensed by them to do solar installs. You cannot legally do a solar grid-tie yourself.

It's a long term investment, but thin-film solar has come down to $1 a watt, so it's much quicker to get a payback than it was 2 years ago.

You cannot run a/c on solar, it takes too much power. Your 400-500/month bill it probably from heating/cooling cost.
Going direct solar water heating will save you money very quick. Most places encourage it now.

Your utility should also have state sponsored energy conservation programs like energy audits and free or cheap added insulation that would help you cut your bill.

Marshall Said:

how much does it cost to have solar panels installed in the home?

We Answered:

Do enough research that you can ask intelligent questions of vendors. First you need to know if solar can be effectively on your home. You need to have sunlight on the roof area to be covered by panels. Trees and other buildings can interfere,

Then how big it should be. Your electric bill will tell you how many kilowatt hours you use on the average. A solar installer should be able to tell you how many kilowatt hours you can expect for a given size system.

Search at the top of this page for some good info from other questioners.

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