Keep your solar panels out of the shade. It might seem obvious, but your solar panels do need sun. Make sure that you are not installing them in the shade. Trim back the branches on surrounding trees if you need to. Failing to do so could cost you more than half your energy output.
Keep your solar panels clean. If your solar panels are dirty or obstructed in any way, they won't work as well. Keep an eye on your solar panels and clean them if they're not quite looking their best. Hosing them down occasionally will ensure that they are much more efficient.
Gain an understanding of your own energy usage. Before converting to solar energy, it's vital that you have a good estimate of the amount of power that your home or business uses. In order to pick the right size, this information is critical. Look at your energy bills and invest in an energy monitor to keep track of how much power you use.
A live demonstration from Practical Installer on installing solar thermal collectors, presented during the Ecobuild UK 2012 event, which took place between 20-22 …
Do your own research and find out if there are any rebates available for adding a solar system to your home. There are many local, state and federal programs that offer rebates for installing solar power in your home. Also check to see if you are eligible for tax incentives as well.