The price of solar has reduced by 60% over the last 10 years as more people realize the benefits of solar energy and solar companies have more competition.
So, if you are thinking about installing solar panels on your home the time couldn’t be better.
Start by reading these 5 things to consider before going solar.
1. What is the Condition of Your Roof?
Before you install solar panels you must first take a look at your roof. Check if your roof needs major repairs such as broken shingles or water damage. Solar panels are heavy so your roof must be strong enough to support them.
You also need to analyze the shape, angle, and available space of your roof. Which direction is the slope facing? This will determine how much sun your solar panels will receive.
2. How Much Energy Do You Need?
Solar panels for homes greatly reduce the amount of electricity you will need. So, decide whether you are going to use only solar or keep your electrical current as well. This will help you understand how much solar power you need.
It will also determine how many solar panels are required to reach your energy quota. You may also need a battery if you create excess energy or you do not get a lot of sunlight during certain months and want to bank your energy.
3. Are There Any Subsidies and Benefits for Solar Installation?
Be sure to understand the perks of solar panel installation. Federal and local governments offer subsidies like partial installation reimbursements. You may also be able to sell your excess energy to power companies for a profit.
Go to this URL or your local government website to review the benefits of solar panel installation in your area.
4. Are Leasing Options?
Some homeowners lease rather than buy solar panels. The benefit of this option is that you do not have to purchase the panels. The solar copay owns them and is responsible for repairs.
You will have to pay a monthly fee based on the solar energy you generate, which is usually a lot lower than the price of regular electricity. The savings will be lower in the long run if you lease the panels but it will save you upfront costs.
5. Is DIY Installation an Option?
Installing solar panels yourself is extremely difficult unless you have experience doing electrical work and roofing construction. Your best option is to hire a solar panel company. You can buy or lease the panels from the solar company and have them install them.
The company may also offer a warranty that covers maintenance and repairs for your solar panels.
Get Started Installing Solar Panels
Now that you know the basics, it is time to start installing solar panels on your home. Look for a reputable solar company near you by asking a neighbor who already has panels installed for a recommendation. You can also check online by reading reviews and getting a free estimate.
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