Solar power is the future of sustainable household energy. With the price of rooftop solar panels decreasing and a range of incentives and rebates available from many levels of government, there’s never been a better time to consider installing solar panels on your property. But there’s homework to be done and a number of questions homeowners should ask before going solar. Here are a few considerations that you must weigh before installing solar panels:
Consider the time that solar power takes to yield returns.
Solar power is a long-term investment, so ask yourself how long you are planning to stay in your current home. If it’s less than 6 to 10 years, you might never see those returns. However, you may reasonably expect to recoup the cost of installation upon the sale of your home as solar capacity can positively impact the resale value of your home.
Consider if rooftop solar panels are going to provide enough energy for your family’s everyday needs.
A calculation of household kilowatt hour requirements could help determine the kind of system and how many panels will be needed. Light usage may permit use of a completely off-grid system. Heavy usage may require a grid-tied system in which power may still be purchased from the hydro grid as needed and excess energy sold back into the grid. To determine how much energy your household uses on average each month, use this handy energy calculator.
Consider the structural implications of installing solar panels on your roof.
Is your home in need of roof repairs or due for a roof replacement? If so, then it is best if you have any and all roof maintenance completed before installing a solar panel system atop your home. What kind of system will be used to hold the panels in place and can they in fact be placed for maximum exposure to the sun, now and into the future? Also consider if the size of your roof can support enough solar panels to produce a level of electricity that will yield you a worthwhile monthly return. Will any structural enhancements need to be installed to support the panels’ weight?
Consider what permits you’d need and what rebates you’d qualify for.
Research should accompany any plan to go solar. Some municipalities are friendlier to residential solar power systems than others. Similarly, some towns and states may offer rebates and incentives that can offset the cost of installation. Home insurance policies should be scrutinized also, especially if a fully off-grid system is planned.
Going solar is never a bad idea, but doing your due diligence is required to make sure you get the most out of an investment in sustainable energy. Talk to the experts in all fields—including installation contractors and local planning boards. Solar is an increasingly important, yet fairly new technology. You won’t regret doing a little homework before taking the solar plunge.
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