# Solar Calculator

##### Step 1: Who is using electricity daily in your household?

###### How many children are in your household?

• This will help us estimate household electricity usage.

• If you know your kwh per month usage you can enter it in a later step

• The Average Household in the United States uses about 900 kwh per month.

• The number of people living in a household usually correlates with higher electricity demand.

##### Step 2: What sort of space do you have available for solar panels?

• The average residential solar panel is around 15 - 18 feet squared.

• The size and space in your home available for panels will greatly affect the maximum potential of your home solar panel system.

• If you know the exact square footage of space available you can enter it in a later step.

##### Step 3: Do you know the amount of square footage available to mount your solar panels?

• If you do not know how much space you have available for your solar panel installation, we can estimate if for you based on previous answers.

• The average home solar panel is around 15-18 feet squared per panel.

##### Step 4: Will the solar panels receive direct sunlight without obstruction during the whole day?

• This does not include the loss of light from cloud coverage.

• This number refers to perhaps trees, other buildings, roof overhangs, walls, etc.

• More sunlight and less obstructions blocking sunlight will result in more efficient solar systems.

##### Step 5: Are you the owner of the property?

• If you are not make sure you understand the laws and regulations in your state regarding solar panel installation.

• Understanding net metering is crucial if you do not plan on having a completely of the grid system.

##### Step 6: What kind of solar panels do you plan on purchasing?

• Solar panels are similar to other pieces of technology as far as there are many types and brands to choose between.

• Some brands are of higher quality and power than others and they will often cost more per panel.

• More expensive panels does not always result in a more efficient home solar system.

• The average residential solar panel will usually be \$200 -\$550 each.

##### Step 7: Are you installing the panels yourself?

• Companies that install home solar panel systems can cost over \$10,000 but many will over subsidies and pricing incentives for installation based on your system requirements.

• Installing yourself may help save money on initial costs which can increase your future savings.

• The installation process requires many other pieces of equipment besides solar panels and will be explained on your final results page.

##### Step 8: To estimate the amount of sunlight you receive please select the closest major city:

• This will help us estimate the average amount of sunlight your home will receive per day.

• More sunlight per day will usually require less solar panels for a completely off grid system.

##### Step 9: Do you know your average monthly electric bill?

• This number is needed to estimate future financial savings.

• The average monthly electric bill per state in the US is \$114 per month.

• If you do not know the cost of your bill we can estimate it for you based on previous answers.

Final Calculations

#### ## How much electricity you use or was estimated: kilo watts per hour

The average household in the US uses 911 kwh per month. If not entered manually an estimation was made using the number of residents in your household.

#### ## How much your current electricity bill is or was estimated: \$ per month

The average household in the US is charged \$114.00 per month. This number varies depending on local prices and geo location. This number may have been estimated from the number of people in your household.

#### ## How much square feet was estimated or you have for panels: square feet

If you did not enter manually this number was estimated from the size of space you selected to put your solar panels: small apartment up to a large land space.

#### ## How much sunlight in your area averages: hours of sunlight

The latitude and weather patterns of your location will affect this number the most.

#### ## How much will each solar panel cost: \$ each

This number depends on the quality of the solar panel, and the size and wattage. Numbers for residential or commercial projects may range around \$200 - \$400 each.

#### ## How many solar panels you will need for your electricty needed: panels

This is an estimation for the maximum number of solar panels you will need to go completely off the grid. For example, if you wish to provide half of your required monthly electricity from solar panels you would divide this number in half.

#### ## How much will the panels cost in total: \$

This is an estimation for the cost of the maximum number of solar panels you will need to go completely off the grid. For example, if you wish to provide half of your required monthly electricity from solar panels you would divide this number in half.

#### ## How much will installation cost: \$

This number may vary based on the cost of local labor. It was calculated with the current average of roughly \$4 per watt. This number would be a good estimate if you were buying and installing the panels youself instead of leasing from a company and having them install.

#### ## Yearly Savings: \$

This number is simply estimated from the savings from your current electricity bill assuming no yearly solar panel costs. For a more specific estimate and to get local quotes from providers fill out your email below and we will send you more detailed information.