The short answer is yes, you can use solar panels to completely power your home. The setup required, however, would ultimately depend on four main factors:
#1: Your total energy consumption
To be able to power your entire home using only solar energy, you will need to first find out how much power your household consumes—which you can easily do by checking your electric bill—so you know how much power you need.
To give you an idea, the average American household consumes around 893 kWH of energy per month, but depending on the size of your property and family, your actual consumption may be higher or lower than that.
#2: The wattage of the solar panels you get
Different solar panels have different power and efficiency ratings. The higher the wattage of the ones you get, the fewer of them you need.
This means that if you don’t have a lot of space on your roof, then you’d have no choice but to invest in higher-wattage, higher-efficiency panels so you can use fewer panels to generate the amount of power you need.
In contrast, if you have ample roof space, then you can get away with using lower-wattage, lower-efficiency panels by simply installing more of them.
#3: The amount of sun you get in your area
The actual performance of your solar power system would ultimately depend on the amount of sun available in your area.
As a general rule, people who live in a sunny state can get more power out of their solar panels than those who live in an area that does not get a lot of sun.
What does all this mean?
As you can see, while powering your entire home exclusively using solar energy is indeed possible, doing so is not as straightforward as it sounds. In fact, it’s quite easy to get wrong if you don’t know what you’re doing.
And even if you manage to get the math right and figure out the exact setup you need, you’ll still need to be able to install everything perfectly to ensure everything works as intended—which is where our team here at LGCY Power comes in.
Instead of trying to figure everything out yourself, you can just book a no-obligation free consultation with one of our solar panel consultants so we can guide you every step of the way and make sure everything is in order before you make the investment.