Considering Installing a Solar System?

solar panels on the roof

Installing solar panels at home has loads of benefits for you and the environment. Solar power is renewable energy and it does not release carbon dioxide or any harmful chemicals into the atmosphere. Using this alternative source of energy helps slow down the effects of anthropogenic climate change. Years of research and development has given us highly efficient solar panel systems that serve as one of the most important solutions to today’s energy crisis.

Having a solar power system at home will also help you save a lot of money. Sunlight is free, but of course you will have to pay for the initial panel installation. Once your system is ready, your electricity costs at home will be reduced significantly or brought down to nothing. In some areas you can sell any extra sunlight energy your panels collect, and even make a profit!

Going solar might seem easy enough, and it’s the most reliable and cheapest source of energy available today, but it’s not that simple. You will have to consider some things first before deciding on installing solar panels on your rooftop.

Make an evaluation of your energy usage at home

Solar power systems can cost a lot depending on your daily energy usage. If your monthly energy bill is below $100, then there may be other more economical ways for you to save energy. Carefully assess your current energy usage at home and come up with a plan that will be helpful to you in saving power. Knowing how much you’ll be saving will be the key to help you decide whether it’s worthwhile for you to install a solar power system or not.

solarinstallerIt’s not easy to D.I.Y. the system

It’s no simple task installing solar panels on your roof. Most of us can’t just climb up to your roof and set up the panels on your own. For you to build an efficient solar power system, it has to be correctly wired, with the panels properly positioned at the right angle to expose them to the maximum amount of sunlight. It’s best to hire a professional solar panel installer to do the job. Here are some of the important things that you need to look for:

  • Look for a company that offers a strong warranty for panels, and for the inverters. See to it that there should is a 2 year warranty on the installer’s quality of work as well. Don’t hesitate to ask questions as this will be important in the long term. Quality work might cost a little bit more initially but it’ll be worth it.
  • Check online for reviews of the company you decide to have install your system. Only go with reputable companies with strong reputations for good workmanship.
  • Make sure your installers are properly licensed to install panels correctly and safely.
  • Ask for references to recent work if you are unsure about the company you are thinking about going with.

Costs can depend on the type of roof

If your roof is made out of material that’s difficult to work with, the installation crew will need more time to make sure that the panels are completely secured especially on fragile or brittle surfaces. This extra time may cost you between 10-25% more from your installation fee.

Contact your insurance company after the installation of solar panels to have your policy updated and revised. This may increase your monthly property insurance fees a little, but your system will be covered in case of fire, hail or other causes of damage or destruction.