There are many advantages to having a solar power system installed in your home. After all, you’ll not only be reducing your energy costs substantially, you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint and be doing your part in lessening our country’s dependence on fossil fuels. However, this will be a significant investment, and as such you need to take a lot of factors into consideration. Here are just a few of the more important ones.
Your Energy Output
One of the most important determining factors when deciding whether or not a solar power system is right for you is how much energy you typically consume in a month. If your monthly energy bill is less than $100, there are probably other ways to increase your home’s efficiency other than going solar. You can have an project quote performed so you know exactly what you use and also find ways to reduce waste to save money.
A solar power system can save you a lot of money in energy costs over the long run. However, you have to have as clear a picture as possible regarding how much it will cost. Typically, a solar power installation will run around $8,000 per kilowatt of energy generated. The average installation is 5kWh, or $40,000 before incentives. But you may be able to take advantage of state and federal incentives, such as tax credits, that could reduce the cost of installation by as much as 50 percent.
Since your solar panels will be installed on your roof, it’s very important that you make sure it is a good candidate. For example, if your roof is shaded for most of the day, that will reduce the efficiency of the panels. In order to reduce not just the size of your solar power system but also the cost as much as possible, your roof should be completely shade-free during the time of the day the sun stays out the longest. Also, the best orientation for panels is a southern roof exposure.
These are just a few of the things you’ll need to talk about with your solar power system installer to make sure you’re making the right decision. At Global Efficient Energy, we’ll make 100 percent certain that you are not only comfortable with your choice to go solar, but also that it makes the most sense for you financially. Call us at 1-888-826-7881 or contact us online to set an appointment for a consultation.