Solar roof panels are popular and often seen attached on rooftops all over the country, usually on a south facing roof to catch the maximum amount of sunshine possible. Solar panels, contrary to popular belief, do not require sunshine to operate. All they require is light, so while a nice sunny day will provide the maximum amount of light, a dull cloudy day will still provide enough light for solar roof panels to operate efficiently. This makes them very attractive, for while installation costs can be relatively high, after that they are almost cost free to run and use.
In the early days of solar roof panels the hope was that one or two panels would help to lower the electricity bill a bit. To be honest, sometimes it seemed more of a gimmick than a real cost savings. Things have changed, and changed a lot too. With a properly planned and though out installation of solar roof panels, you can not only cut your electricity bills to mere pennies, but you can actually put your electricity bill into negative figures, so that it owes you money instead.
This situation is only achievable if the electricity you generate from your solar roof panels is significantly more than the amount of electricity you use in your home. This, however, is actually easier to achieve than you might think, though the initial cost of installing all those solar roof panels will not be cheap. This is something you would need to weigh up and decide for yourself whether or not it is worth doing. Many thousands of households have already weighed up the pros and cons and decided that it is definitely worth the initial installation costs, and now they are enjoying, not only cheap electricity, but a regular income from the utility company from the electricity they are able to sell back to them.
Solar roof panels are attached to your roof and sit about three or four inches above it on a light metal rail system. As a side benefit, the panels protect your roof to some extent, thereby extending its life and saving you money. The panels also serve to shade the roof in summer, and they allow air to flow between the panels and the roof itself, which in turn can mean that you need less air conditioning to cool your house, again saving you money and also saving wear and tear on your air conditioning units. Solar roof panels also look attractive, and these days they usually have a useful life of at least twenty-five years, making them well worth considering as a wise investment on your home.