Will solar work in my home?
Congratulations, you’ve made the first crucial step towards generating your own clean power -- research! Solar technology is becoming increasingly more efficient and less expensive, making it an ideal choice for homeowner looking to save money on their electric bills and own their power. Let’s take a look at this simple checklist to see if solar is an option in your home:
- You are a homeowner.
Unless you really love your landlord, solar panels are primarily for homeowners or commercial owners.
- Monthly utility bill is over $150
If you are spending under $150/mo on electricity, congratulations--you have some of the cheapest energy costs in the country. Although installing solar panels will be a huge help to the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, it may not provide the same large savings that some homeowners are seeing with solar. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a quote: if you care about your energy independence and freedom from rising energy costs then solar is definitely the solution.
- You have an optimal solar roof: three things to consider
- Roof is south facing
In the northern hemisphere, the more south facing the surface, the more energy solar panels will be able to produce. Options for tilting are available to ensure a south-facing exposure on most rooftops
- Minimal shading
Adjacent trees or buildings may decrease production if they obstruct your solar system. Think about what is nearby your rooftop and if you would consider removing an obstruction if necessary to go solar.
- Clean roof with good surface area
If you have a lot of usable rooftop free of obstructions then you have a great roof for solar. The more space the better but normal rooftop extremities (chimneys, skylights, vents, etc...) can be easily worked around.
- Roof is south facing
Now you know whether or not you own your home and what your electric bill is every month, but you may not have ever assessed your roof. No need to break out the ladder; qualified installers will come out and do a site evaluation at no cost to you. Chances are, if on sunny days, you get direct sunlight, your roof will be ideal for solar.
Alright, so you meet the qualifications. Now what? Let’s dig a little deeper and take a look at how your new solar system will work.