Is Solar Power Right for You? Three Questions You Should Ask

Changing over to solar power from conventional power sources can be a great way to help reduce your environmental footprint, not to mention your energy budget. While this kind of energy is becoming more and more popular each year, it’s still a long way from being a quick change. Here are three questions to consider before investing in a new solar power system.

1. Are There Ways to Save on Installation Fees?

Many jurisdictions (and even Google) have begun to work with utility companies to offer discounts, rebates, or even tax credits (both local and federal) for installation of panels on homes and buildings. So, before you jump in, make sure to check and see if there are ways to add a little more breathing room to your budget.

2. Do You Know What Type of Panels You Will Need?

Solar power is passed through the home via panels that are usually installed on the roof of your house or in your backyard. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all panel system. The good news is that means a solar panel system can be tailored to your specifications. The bad news is that means you will have to do a little extra research and due diligence. Make sure to do proper research on what type of panels you’ll need, what size of panel your roof can hold, and what exactly the install will entail. Keep in mind, too, that your municipality may have certain safety requirements or regulations about how much clearance must be around the panels, which will be a factor into how big of a panel system you can get.

3. What Are Your Timeline Expectations for Switching to Solar Power?

While it is becoming easier to make the switch each year, phasing out of electrical power and into solar power is not a quick procedure every time. Many towns and municipalities will want building permits to be filed before the solar panel installation can begin. In addition to that, different providers have differing timelines for installation, with some running as high as six months. Also, remember that the cost savings might not show up right away. Depending on whether or not you leased the panels, there could be a bigger chunk of money upfront, but bigger savings on your energy bill later down the line.

While this may seem like a lot to think about, adding solar panels to your home not only decreases your energy costs in the long run, but it also offsets CO2 emissions and reduce your carbon footprint, making a safer and cleaner earth for future generations. Be sure you have a clear understanding of your current electricity needs. Speak with a qualified sales team member from a reputable company so that you can be certain your new system is going to produce the output your home needs.