Being energy independent is becoming a more and more attractive prospect as solar panel technology has come a long way, both in terms of costs and efficiency. Solar panels are now a common addition that people make to their house as it saves on bills in the long run and makes your house greener. Solar panels don’t work the way you think they do, though. They don’t completely remove power consumption from energy providers, rather they use those providers as a backup in case the panels ever run out of power. This happens quite often in areas with high cloud cover and low light levels. Fortunately, the Golden State is famous for being sunny which means that you can install solar panels without fear of ever running out of power.