Thinking of adding solar to your home? You’re not alone. Statistics suggest nearly 46% of homeowners have at least considered a solar-powered home. Solar is a great choice for a variety of reasons, but before you start the installation process, there are several things you may want to consider.
- Your Home’s Location: When most people think about installing solar panels, they think about installing them on the roof, and while that is incredibly common and a great way to use the space, it’s not right for everyone. Depending on where your home is located, and the position of your roof, it may not be ideal for solar. If your home is positioned in such a way that it gets plenty of sunshine on a daily basis, you’re in good shape. If, however, the roof is a complex shape or it doesn’t get enough sun routinely, you may have to consider alternative installation spaces.
- The Condition of Your Roof: If you plan to use the roof for solar installation, you’ll want to think about both the age of your roof and whether or not it needs repairs. If you know you’re planning a roof repair in the near future or your roof is fairly old, and you know it needs to be replaced, now is not the time to install solar panels. You’ll want to take care of roof repair or replacement before the installation occurs. If you don’t, you’ll need to pay extra to dismantle your solar panels, then pay to have them reinstalled.
- Your Energy Usage: Solar is a great way to save energy, but the reality is that if you’re going to connect off-grid when you go with solar for your home, you’ll need to improve your own ability to conserve energy. You may want to have an energy audit performed so you understand your own consumption pattern, how you use energy, and what your needs might be before you install solar panels.
If you think a solar-powered home might be the right choice for your family, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about the power of solar.