If you only want to go partially solar, look at small-scale applications for this energy source. There are two ways to do this. First, find solar panels you can mount on or at windows to recharge portable electronics. The other way is to buy camping tools like lanterns and cooking equipment that is solar powered. Every small thing that you do saves you a little money and helps the environment.
Be realistic about the costs of having a solar energy system. If you're paying much less than other systems that are around the same size as yours, you may have poor equipment or installation work. Like with many things in life you get what you pay for. Quality installation work and equipment isn't going to be cheap. You may have substantial savings by going with a large company, but other companies may be cutting corners to keep costs down.
WakaWaka visited the Mwamtsefu primary school in Kenya, which houses around 800 students. Extremely poor, and without electricity, they rely on kerosene …
Make sure to watch the light on your solar panel inverter regularly. Check it at least a couple of times a week, while sunlight is hitting your panels. The light should be green. If it is not, your panels might not be working correctly, and it is time to call in a technician.
Before installing solar panels on your roof, check with your home owners association. Some associations have restrictions on what you are allowed to do to the outside of the property, and this might mean solar panels are not an option for you. It is better to have this information up front than to purchase the panels and be forced to remove them at a later time.