4 Tips for Designing the Perfect Residential Solar System
Thinking about solar power for your home or business? Here are four steps to designing and installing the right system for you:
1. Research Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Solar is definitely the most effective way to reduce your energy usage with your utility company. However, an energy efficient home will require a smaller solar system and cost less money. Things like appliances and electronics, lighting, HVAC, and Insulation are all good places to start. New windows are often NOT as cost-effective as solar. Look for easy means of increasing your home’s efficiency, such as, replacing an older refrigerator and installing LED lighting. This will maximize the benefits of your solar system, and some upgrades could even be rolled into your solar financing.
2. Evaluate Solar Potential
Photovoltaic technology relies on direct sunlight to create power. The type and size solar system that you should have installed can vary drastically depending on your roof’s construction and sun exposure. Shade from trees, chimneys and even satellite dishes, should always be considered during the design. There are professional tools available to help get accurate evaluations and a reputable solar contractor should provide a free consultation. They will help you determine the proper system size, cost, and estimated energy production and savings of a solar energy system for your home or business.
3. Consider the Options
These days there are several ways you can tap into the power of the sun. Ownership is the most cost-effective, flexible, and most recommended option, especially considering all the great $0-Down financing programs that are now available. There is also a Federal Tax Credit that you can apply for if you purchase or finance a solar system.
If you can’t finance or purchase a solar system for whatever reason, there might be other ways for you to benefit from the technology. You can also look into:
- Shared Community Solar
- Solar Leasing
- Power Purchase Agreement
Before choosing one of these alternatives we highly recommend you consult with an expert to fully weigh out the pros and cons.
4. Calculate Solar Electricity Needs
Knowing your historical electrical usage is essential to make a good recommendation for system type and size. You should gather your electricity bills for the last 12 months (all four seasons), or as many as you can and give that information to your solar company representative during your consultation. It’s also a good idea to consider and discuss any changes that may impact your future electrical usage, such as a remodels, additions, or electric vehicles during your solar consultation. Due to permitting, engineering and labor costs, it could be more cost-effective to oversize your system now then to increase it later.
If you’re interested in the potential of solar power, call the team with over 30 years of experience. With New Day Solar, you will get reliable information and a free no obligation consultation. To get started, give them a call at: (855) 444-6329 or visit them online at: www.newdaysolar.com
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