Many homeowners have turned to the sun for energy by installing solar panels on their homes. What once was an expensive, futuristic option is now easily installed and affordable for most homeowners. As with any home improvement project you plan to tackle, you should do your research first to make sure what you want to do fits your budget and lifestyle. While research seems like a daunting task, it really isn’t where solar is concerned. All you have to do is take a closer look at your home and its energy usage.
Since the solar system you choose is limited by the amount of available roof space your home has, the roof is the most important factor to consider. Here are a few things to think about.
- The direction your roof faces – south and west-facing roofs work best for solar systems, but if your roof faces north or east, it will likely be fine, so don’t get discouraged right away.
- The condition of your roof – Your home’s roof needs to be in good shape. Also, the less complex your roof’s structure is, the better. Roofs with various sections and angles will make it harder to install solar panels and may limit the number of panels you can have.
- The amount of sun – Obviously, the more sun your roof receives, the better. If the roof is shaded by trees or buildings, the solar panels can’t do their job. If trees are an issue, would you be willing to trim them back or possibly remove them to make room for solar panels?
Your Utility Bill
Solar makes sense for homes that use a lot of electricity. If your monthly utility bill is more than $100, solar might make sense for you. You’ll have to weigh the cost of installation with the amount of money it will save you each month to decide if solar is a good fit for you or not.
Which brings us to cost…
The Cost of Solar
When solar first became a thing, it was too expensive for most people since you had to pay for the solar panels upfront, which is a huge expense. These days, however, solar panel companies offer leasing and financing options with as little a $0 down. Also, you might be able to get a deal where the solar panel company still owns the panels and you pay a fee for the electric you use from them each month. In most cases, the company also includes production guarantees and maintenance as part of their packages.
Hopefully, the information above gives you a better idea of whether solar is right for your home or not. If you’re ready to get started, contact a solar expert in your area today.