As of 2016, there were more than 1.3 million solar installations in the United States. And that number has, without a doubt, increased quite a bit over the last three years.
So whether you’re interested in reducing your energy bill or helping the planet, you’re definitely not alone in wanting to install solar panels on your roof.
But there’s much to know and much to do before you can actually get solar panels installed. Here’s a rundown of some important info you need before taking the solar plunge.
1. Make Sure Your Roof Can Support Solar Panels
There are a couple of things to consider when asking whether your roof can support solar panels. The first is simple: is your roof in good shape?
The last thing you’ll want to happen is to spend a fortune installing solar panels onto a roof that is old and in need of repairs. If your roof has cracks, missing tiles, or some other issue, make sure you get a roof repair service out there before installing solar panels.
The second consideration is whether your roof gets enough sunlight to warrant solar panels. Solar panels only work if you get plenty of sunlight for them to absorb.
If your home is shaded in by trees, or you live somewhere that gets little sunlight, then your roof isn’t suitable for solar panels.
2. How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?
The answer to this question will vary depending on how much sunlight you get and how much energy your home uses. Also, do you want your home to run 100% on solar power, or will you do part solar and part traditional energy sources?
On average, a household will need between 28-34 solar panels to cover 100% of the homes energy usage. But that doesn’t mean your home will need that many, or it might need more.
You’ll want to use a solar energy calculator to determine how many panels you’ll need. Otherwise, you can just get as many solar panels as you want, and cover a percentage of your energy usage.
3. Payment and Financing Options
Solar panels are expensive, but luckily there is a lot of financial help available to people who want to go solar.
First and foremost, it’s important to know that you can either lease or buy solar panels. If you can afford to buy solar panels, you can pay outright or you can finance them and pay them off over time.
You can lease by putting very little or no money down, which allows people with smaller incomes to go solar. When you lease, you’ll pay the company that owns the solar panels each month for the energy you use. Think of it as paying your monthly electric bill, but you’re paying for solar instead.
It’s also important to note that there are government rebates and tax credits available to people who install solar panels on their homes, so that provides additional monetary benefits.
Going Solar: What Next?
Now that you’re all caught up on home solar panels, it’s time to take action!
Contact us today so we can come out and make sure your roof is ready for solar panel installation.