What You Should Know Before Going Solar

The benefits of solar panels extend well beyond a lower electricity bill. It’s an investment in renewable energy that will last for many years, and help protect you from rising electricity costs in the future.

Solar energy will benefit some people more than others, depending on several different factors. If you’re considering taking the leap into solar power for your home, here are a few things you should consider first.

Will my roof’s positioning and shading affect the solar panels?Solar Panels on Roof

The ideal orientation for solar panels is a south-west facing roof without any shade. However, even a roof that faces north can work, as long as there isn’t any prohibitive shading. It’s also important to consider your area’s climate and how it might affect how much sunlight you get throughout the year.

You’ll need to connect to the grid to get any rebates

Investing in solar batteries is usually only beneficial if it’s for a self-contained home that’s off the grid. Typically, the only way to get rebates from the power company is if your solar panels are directly connected to the grid.

Determine your actual energy consumption

If you’re mainly interested in a good return on investment, then solar panels may or may not be the best solution depending on how much energy you actually use. For example, if you plan on using very little electricity in the future, then other courses of action like switching over to energy-saving LED lights or improving your homes insulation might work better. But if your family has high energy usage, then a solar power system can pay itself off extremely quickly.

An experienced solar panel technician will be able to answer any questions you have about whether or not you’d benefit from installing a solar power system on your home. For more information, contact TRA Snow and Sun today!

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