4 steps to know if your home is ready for solar
With each passing day, solar energy is becoming more and more ubiquitous (yay!). Accessible prices, more knowledge surrounding solar installations, more solar contractors, clean energy loans - it all came together for a great present for solar energy. Yet, despite all this, you can't just jump into the solar revolution. As with all decisions in life, there's plenty to consider before doing it. So, if you're entertaining the idea of going solar, perhaps you should check the following 4 steps to learn if you're ready to make the commitment.
- If you think it’s expensive, think again. The benefit may far outweigh the expense. You won’t know until you take the time to do your compare and contrast how much you'll have to invest and how much you'll save afterwards. It takes a little bit of time, but the time is well spent. Do your homework and have a list of questions ready to ask. Knowledge gives you power.
- Check into financing. If you’re going to purchase solar panels outright, do your homework and find the best company at the best price. It will take some time, but like any other home improvement project will be well worth your time invested. Decide on a plan; you can possibly choose to finance the cost of the panels or rent them from a company on a monthly basis.
- Evaluate if your home is ready to handle the panels – have a professional come and check out your roof to see if your roof is able to withstand the panels. Make certain there are no leaks and get more than one or two opinions on the quality of your roof.
- Check out the position of the sun in relation to your home – The sun is strongest from around 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Evaluate where the sun hits your house and at what time. Are you facing south? Will your panels need to be tilted in order to get the most southern exposure? Once you find out the positon of your home in relation to the sun’s exposure, you can make a more informed decision.
While these are the four most important components, you will want to do a compare and contrast of what the solar company is showing you on paper. Does the cost of the solar panels outweigh the savings or vice versa? More often than not, the savings will be significant and you may be pleasantly surprised at the amount of money you can save on your energy bills.
You just may be more ready for solar than you think.