Since children are the ones who will be running the future it is important to teach them early about renewable energy. As a parent you can set the example by using solar energy whenever possible. If it is not possible to swap your entire house over, maybe switch out your outdoor lighting.
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The mounting system of your panels should be adapted to your area. If your home is often exposed to strong winds, earthquakes or even tornadoes, you need to find a mounting system that can withstand these extreme conditions. Contact your local government to find out more regarding regulations on solar panel mounts.
Cleaning your solar panels does not need to be labor intensive. You want to avoid abrasive soaps at all costs, as they can deteriorate and even destroy your panels. So long as there is not caked up dust or bird droppings, frequent rinses with just hose water should be more than enough.