Investing in solar energy for your home or building is a great way to increase the value of the building and to save you money. If you are in an area where net-metering is available, then you can benefit from even lower energy bills. Choosing solar energy also reduces the carbon footprint you leave behind. 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 Solar Energy
Things to Do
The more prepared you are the better things will be. 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. You need to consider the additional weight as well as whether or not the roof gets enough sun exposure. If there are any large trees blocking the roof, you may want to remove them. Ideally, you want to trim the tree so the roof gets sun exposure and you still have a natural oxygen producer nearby. As long as your roof gets good sunlight exposure between the hours of 12 and 2, then you will benefit greatly from solar energy installation.
- You also want 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.
- Before you install solar panels, be sure to reduce energy output as much as possible. You can do this by upgrading appliances and 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.
Things to Avoid
There are a few things to be aware of before switching to solar energy and there are several traps that people commonly fall into.
- Never cut corners to save money. 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. Make sure you 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.
- Don’t perform your energy assessments during the low season, because you will not get an accurate calculation. Make sure you assess the energy usage during the season where the most energy is used, not forgetting if you like to decorate the house each year with tons of lights at
Installing solar panels based on low energy months will leave you short in those months when your energy needs to increase.
Solar energy helps you save money by lowering energy costs and helps reduce the damage done to the environment. It is a popular option with many benefits, so long as you are prepared and do not just jump in. Following these tips and taking the right steps will ensure you get the most from your new solar power and we are to help if you need any installation help.