Tiny homes are all the rage, thanks in large part to their affordability. Not only do tiny homes cost a fraction of the average home to build, but they use a fraction of the electricity.
Because tiny homes use so little power, they are often great candidates for solar installation. Where an average home may need a few dozen solar panels to meet its electricity needs, a tiny home may only need a handful.
Let’s take a look at how you can achieve your energy needs with a solar system.
Deciding On A Solar System
The first step in installing a tiny home solar system is determining your needs.
Some tiny home owners use little energy, and some use more. Some want to go off-grid, and others simply want to reduce their energy needs. Yet others will want the ability to store excess energy on a solar battery, or participate in net-metering programs.
With this in mind, many tiny home owners can make do with less expensive solar systems, using lower-capacity solar panels, such as 200-watt models.
Still, it’s imperative that you know your specific needs when deciding the type of solar system to install.
What To Know About Solar System Installation
Most tiny home owners aren’t electricians, so they hire experienced professionals, like those at Plug It In Solar, to safely complete their solar installation.
Tiny home solar systems typically come with solar panels, alongside an inverter and standard safety equipment, such as breakers. Since solar energy must be converted— from DC to AC— to be used with most appliances, you can’t do without an inverter. The importance of standard safety equipment goes without saying.
One important detail tiny home owners often overlook is exactly where they’ll install their solar system. Tiny homes are called “tiny” for a reason; there’s not much room to work with. Oftentimes, a ground-mounted system works best, as it frees your roof. The added benefit to ground-mounted systems is that you can often install additional solar panels.
Finally, tiny home owners looking to live off-grid should purchase a solar battery. Solar
batteries are designed to store any excess solar energy, which can be stored for later use or sold to utility companies for cash.
Tiny home owners who plan to use a number of appliances, or use energy during peak hours, should spare no expense in choosing a solar battery that is safe, efficient, and reliable.
At Plug It In Solar, we understand all that goes into a residential solar installation. For many homeowners, both big and small, a solar system will be the biggest home improvement project they ever undertake. Knowing this, we go to great lengths to make sure all of our customers understand what goes into their solar system installation.
To learn more, it only takes a couple of minutes to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with Plug It In Solar, the leading solar installer in Van Nuys and Los Angeles.
Call us at (818) 670-7769, or visit our website to get started today.