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Solar energy and “going solar” are so appealing; it’s hard to imagine a solar energy system not working for a home. While there are many advantages including lowering energy costs and reducing fossil fuel dependence, there are many factors that should be considered before you go solar. Take time to consider the following information.
Solar energy systems are expensive. If your energy costs are $100 or less, than using solar energy may not be the most economically beneficial decision for your lifestyle. Do a self energy audit and determine the amount of energy you use. By figuring out how much money you will be saving, you are one step closer to making the best decision for your specific situation.
While you can save thousands of dollar long term, solar installation is expensive, and typically costs $8,000 per kilowatt. Before incentives, the average size system can be roughly $40,000. Keep in mind there are both federal and local initiatives that can drastically reduce the financial burden.
Is your roof under shade for the better part of the day? If so, this will dramatically reduce the efficiency of your solar energy system. To be financially viable, it is recommended that there is no shade cover on your roof during prime sun hours. Trim or remove trees that may block your solar panels.
The most effective orientation for solar panels is southern roof exposure. Your solar system may work otherwise, but can lower your effectiveness by 90-95%. Consult with a professional solar installer to determine the costs increase of not having southern exposure.
There’s a lot to think about. Compare your current energy costs to determine if there are lower cost ways to reduce your energy bill. A reputable installer will be able to guide you in making the right decision, and will help you lower your costs.
A verified solar installer will also guide you through the necessary permits and rebates available in your area. They should also be up to date on all incentives to further lower your initial costs.
Review your energy bill and your home’s shade/exposure ratio before making the decision to install a solar energy system. In doing so you are sure to make the right decision for you.