It is becoming apparent that electricity is moving from power plants to solar energy. Solar panels are becoming popular and for a good reason. If you’re ready to make the change to go solar, here are ways to see if your house is ready, too.
For starters, there are several factors in this equation. Obviously, the location of residence is the most important. While solar panels prefer sunny climates, they still function in cloudy/rainy environments. However, if your panels receive more energy than what you consume, then you can sell the excess energy to the electric company. The next step is the roof. The roof must be in good condition and newer to support the heavy panels. The size and angle of the roof are critical as well. South-facing roofs are optimal because it best catches the sun going from east to west. The most effective roof slope is between 15-40 degrees. Additionally, the roof’s composition matters, too. Composite/asphalt shingle, concrete tile, standing seam metal best support panels. You can still install panels on other roof types, but make sure you get an expert specializing in your roof type.
The next thing to consider is your home’s surroundings. Panels cannot intake as much sunlight if trees or buildings block the path—factor in tree trimming/removal costs. The condition of your home overall matters. Some older or cheaply made homes may not be suitable for this fancy technology. Also, you may need to check with your HOA and city to obtain a permit and make sure your panels are adhering to regulations. There’s also the option to install panels in your yard.
The last and most important thing to keep in mind is finances. Solar panels may cost more than what they are worth. Make this commitment only if you are committed to your house and do not plan on moving. Solar companies recommend switching to solar if your energy bills currently run at $75 or more. Also, check with your city/state to see if you qualify for tax exemptions or rebates. If you are still on the fence about whether your home is solar-friendly, see if you can rent panels.
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