Solar power is becoming more popular with each passing year. By 2016, the U.S. residential solar PV market was projected to be worth $4.7 billion, and that number is likely to continue on the upswing. Not only is solar energy lucrative for those in the industry, but solar installation can help homeowners save a substantial amount of money on their long-term energy bills. That said, any new technology can take some time to get used to. If you’ve decided you’re going to add solar panels to your home, here are a few dos and don’ts you’ll want to keep in mind to make sure your experience is a positive one.
- Examine Your Options: Before you make a commitment to solar panel installation, you’ll want to conduct a careful evaluation of the solar panel companies in your area. Although the promise of solar energy is universally positive, not all solar companies are created equal. Costs will vary between solar panel companies, as will experience. You should make it a point to obtain at least a few different quotes and perform some research on each company to narrow down your choices. The more information you have, the better a decision you’ll be able to make.
- Learn About Your Energy Usage: Prior to solar panel installation, the solar panel companies with which you’re consulting will inspect your house to assess what can feasibly be installed. But in addition to physical logistics, you’ll also need to know more about how much energy your family needs on average. Underestimating how much energy you use can result in confusion and frustration. But if you know exactly how much you need prior to installation, you can determine whether an all-solar system will work or whether it’s better to supplement your conventional electricity with solar. It really comes down to doing your homework and not making assumptions about your usage.
- Worry About Cloudy Weather: A lot of homeowners assume they can’t make good use of solar panels if they live in an area that’s prone to having overcast days. While solar panels do obviously need light to generate energy, that doesn’t mean they need direct sunlight every day. They can still gather light even on cloudy (or snowy!) days. So even if you live in an area that sees a lot of rain or that isn’t known for crystal clear skies, solar panels can still do their job beautifully. Don’t let this dissuade you from embracing an alternative form of energy.
- Feel Too Pressured: Some solar panel companies will try to pressure homeowners into signing an installation contract right away. This sales tactic will only rush you into making a poor decision. Make sure you have enough time to reflect on the quotes you’re given, ask any questions you may have, and check out the company’s reputation. A company that tries to push consumers into a contract or that doesn’t have the patience to wait for a decision may not have enough experience or ethics to get the job done right.
When evaluating your need for solar panels and your possible providers, make sure to consult these dos and don’ts. By doing so, you’ll begin your foray into renewable energy on the right foot. For more information on our solar panels and services, please contact us today.