The going green movement has extended far beyond recycling and buying hybrid cars. More and more people today are installing solar panels on their homes as both a way to be green as well as a way to save money on electricity. Although there are many benefits to installing solar panels on your house, there are also some important things you should know before you make the decision as to whether or not solar panels are the right choice for both you and your house.
1. The type of roof on your house can impact your total cost. It is more expensive to install solar panels on Spanish tile than on traditional asphalt shingle roofs because Spanish tile is much more brittle. Therefore, take into consideration how much extra it will cost you to install the solar panels if you have a Spanish tile roof. The additional cost can be as high as 25%.
2. Weigh the cost savings to the cost of the installation. Although installing solar panels on your house can save you money on your electricity bill, the installation alone is a big investment. You must compare the costs of the installation against the amount of money you will be saving. Also, take into consideration the amount of time it will take for you to get returns on your investment. Meaning, evaluate the amount of time it will take for the solar panels to save you the amount of money you spent installing them. It might not be worth it to invest in solar panels to only save a few hundred dollars each year.
3. Be sure that your house can handle solar panels. Have the electrical wiring of your house inspected to make sure that solar panels are a suitable choice. It is also very important to make sure that your house can physically handle the weight of the solar panels. These are some of the most important things to check before you install solar panels or make the decision to do so because they can save you money down the line. If there is something you should have done to the house before you install the solar panels, you want to be aware of it beforehand and not after the solar panels have already been installed.
4. Hire an experience professional. This piece of advice probably goes without saying, but the person you hire is one of the most important decisions you will make in the process. Hiring the wrong contractor can leave you with a damaged roof and thousands of dollars worth in repairs. If possible, have a professional come to your home to evaluate whether or not solar panels are a good idea for your house.