Posted October 19, 2015 by Gabriel Posternak

Thinking about going solar? Here are 5 things you should consider first

If you are worried about climate change and its effect on the our environment, chances are you have considered installing solar panels in your home. Given the dramatic drop of prices for a solar installation, the increasing amount of information about renewable energies and the incentives provided by the government to adopt this kind of technology, it’s safe to say that thinking about solar energy for your home is a smart move.

Yet, you shouldn’t rush your decision about it. Solar energy has a lot of benefits, sure, but there are other things you should think about before installing it in your home. So, here’s a brief list of things you should factor in before joining the solar revolution.

1 – Take your roof into account

Most solar panels out there are guaranteed for at least 25 years, so you should consider the long term before installing anything on your roof. In other words, you should always check that your roof is in top form before making the solar installation. If you don’t do it, you may end up having to remove the panels to fix or replace damages on your roof.

That’s not all. It might not seem like it, but your roof is somewhat unique. Its angle, the direction it faces, the obstacles around it – they all impact the amount of solar energy you’ll be able to generate with your panels. Study all of those factors or let a professional check it out for you to determine where’s the best place to put them on your roof.

2 – Study your energy bills

If you are thinking about solar energy, you’ve surely heard about one of its most popular benefits – lower electricity bills. While that’s true for most people, there are some exceptions that are worth checking out first. For instance, people living hydro-electric dams might be getting cheaper electricity bills. On the other hand, solar can be the perfect option for you if you live in a remote area. It all depends on your bills, so keeping an eye on how much you spend on a monthly basis can be a very interesting exercise to guide this decision.

3 – Check how much sunshine you’re getting

Though the latest solar panels generate some electricity even in cloudy days and darker regions, sun is definitely a factor you should keep an eye on. Do you live in a western or southern state? Then solar energy is right for you, as those areas do much better than the rest of the country. If your home is located on a northeastern or upper northwest state, you’ll get a reasonable exposure during most of the year, which justifies the installation of solar panels.

4 – Consider your purchase options

Solar panels are booming and that’s the reason why you’ll have plenty of options to get them. You can buy them, get rebates, incentives or a tax relief for them or even get a lease for them. The last case is perfect if you don’t have the money to pay for the panels up front. Thus, a lease will get you the panels you need to start paying less for electricity while you only pay on a monthly basis for the panels themselves. The bottom line here is that you have several options to have solar panels on your home, so don’t settle for anyone until you’ve checked them all and decided which one serves you the most.

5 – Think about your near future

As we said above, solar panels are a long-term investment. That’s why you should consider your near future to define if they are the best alternative for you. If a move is a possibility in your near future, then solar panels are definitely not for you. Though it might seem otherwise, they don’t affect the value of your property right away, so you’ll making a costly investment that won’t return to you.

Besides, solar panels might be a good thing for people caring about the environment or looking for this type of technologies when buying a home but it can certainly be a dealbreaker for a lot of other people. Why? Well, some folks really don’t like the look of them on top of their roofs, so having them might scare away some of the potential buyers checking your home out.

Although we at Treeium highly recommend solar energy for many homes throughout California, we also encourage those interested in checking all of the items on this list first. Solar energy isn’t for everyone (at least not today), so you should consider all of the aspects of the investment before making it. Having doubts? Contact us and we’ll help you make the decision to go solar!

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