There are way more options to lower your electricity bills besides using solar panels on your main house where you actually live. For example, your shed can be a potential spot for installing solar equipment. What things do you have to take into account if you are considering a solar shed option?
Roof size and roof type of the shed
Not all rooftops are suitable for solar panels. First, you will need an engineer review that conducts whether your roof can handle the weight of the solar equipment. Depending on the material of the roof, it is also possible that they say solar panels are not adaptable to your roof.
Another important aspect is whether you have enough space to install as many solar panels to reduce your electricity bills spectacularly. Sheds are usually small and don’t have a lot of free roof space. The standard solar panel size is 15 square feet. It means you can only install a few of them. So if you don’t have a shed yet, you have to think of a bigger one or expand the floor area of the existing shed.
How to choose the ideal spot?
How much sunlight reaches your roof? The orientation of the roof is also important. Southern roofs are the best for solar electricity production, but east or west-facing roofs can be a good option too. Also, make sure that nothing shades the roof. If there are tall buildings nearby, you can’t do much, you have to install the panels elsewhere. But in case of having tall trees in your garden, you can cut a few out.
How much electricity do you need?
Do you want to cover all of your home’s electricity usage or some of it? Smaller, regular sheds are optimal for the second option. If you have a lot of space, you can cover your electricity bills fully. For that, you have to run wiring from your shed to your house and your electric meter should be located in your home. Of course, you can install a solar system only to provide electricity to the shed itself. It’s useful if you use the shelf as a working area or co-working office which uses a lot of electricity.
Ways to install solar panels
There are DIY solar kits that you can install by yourself. It is only recommended if you are planning to install a few panels and have proper knowledge of electrical work. However, DIY solar systems have a lower overall cost, assigning an electrician is a safer and most of the time faster solution. An electrician will make sure that the system is installed by fire protection measures.
To sum up, if you want to save as much money as you can, you have to build a bigger shelf for a larger solar system to cover the electricity needs of your whole house. Smaller sheds can be a good choice if you only want to lower your bills or concentrate on the electricity of the shed itself. If your shed is not suitable for your goals, you can still look into traditional solar panel systems to your main rooftop or try ground mounts and carports.