Solar energy for your home or building is a great way to increase the value of the building and to save money on energy costs. You can really lower your bills if you live in a state that offers net-metering. Choosing solar energy also reduces the carbon footprint you leave behind making it a popular choice for environmentally-friendly individuals. As great as getting solar energy for your building will be, there are a few things to remember before you jump into this new technology.
The Dos and Don’ts of Getting Solar Energy
Being prepared and planning ahead of time will ensure you avoid common traps associated with getting solar energy. Before you get solar energy installed, there are a few important assessments you want to make first.
- Make sure that your roof can support solar panels. – This involves making sure the roof can support the extra weight as well as ensuring the roof gets enough sun exposure. If there are any large trees blocking the roof, you may want to remove them. Ideally, trimming the tree is better so the roof gets sun exposure and you still have a natural oxygen producer nearby. Make sure that your roof gets optimal sunlight exposure between the hours of 12 and 2, and you will benefit the most from having solar energy installed.
- Be sure to get an energy audit so you know how much energy your home or building uses on a daily basis. – There is no point getting solar panels installed if they will not provide enough energy and you end up needing regular electricity to supplement the deficit.
- Make sure you reduce energy output as much as possible before installing solar panels. – You can do this by upgrading appliances and machines to be more energy-efficient models and by switching to LED lighting. This will benefit your energy audit and ensure you can supply your home with enough energy once you switch to solar energy.
The Traps to Avoid
There are several traps that people commonly fall into, and being aware can help make the solar energy installation process much smoother and prevent unnecessary problems.
- Do not cut corners to save money on materials or installation. – Many like to install solar panels by themselves but this is not a good idea. Cheaper materials are also cheaper for a reason and will end up costing you more money in the long run.
- Do not forget to do research first. – You want to collect several installation quotes and general information before making a decision. A lack of knowledge and being unprepared will only end up costing you more money or leaving you with inferior materials.
- Don’t perform your energy assessments during the low season, as this does not provide an accurate calculation of overall energy use. – Make sure you assess the energy usage during the season where the most energy is used. Installing solar panels based on low energy months will leave you short in those months when your energy needs increase and you will need supplemental energy sources which increase your bills.
Solar energy helps you save money by lowering energy costs and is a wonderful eco-friendly option for power. There are a number of benefits you can enjoy, so long as you are prepared. Following these tips and taking the right steps will ensure you get the most from your new solar power. Call us with any questions or solar energy installation projects you may have.