To Go Solar or Not To Go Solar? That Is The Question.

Is Solar Right for Me? A Few Things To Check Into With solar on the rise and over two million

Is Solar Right for Me?

A Few Things To Check Into

With solar on the rise and over two million solar installations in America; most energy customers have thought about going solar, even if in passing. And, rightfully so! 

Well, for those that are thinking about it here are a few things you should check to see if solar is right for you. 

How much are you currently spending?

The universal answer to how much am I spending on electricity is often “too much”. And if that’s the case, solar is a perfect way to drastically reduce or completely eliminate your electric bill. But whether you’re paying too much or not; it’s important to review how much you are spending and factor this into the picture as a first step. 

To review how much you are spending you can review your last 12 months worth of bills. If you do not have these bills to hand; your utility or energy supplier’s website should have these bills ready for review or download.

Once you know how much you’re spending a year; and a monthly average, you have a good idea of how much you’re trying to off set and a price comparison of the solar installation versus how much you spend for grid electricity. 

Does my property get enough sun?

Once you know how much you spend on electricity the next question is how much sun does my roof get, or, where ever you want to have those solar panels installed, how much sun does that area get? 

Here there are several factors to take into account; sunny days, cloudy days, rotation of the sun through the sky, trees, shade and so on. 

If it sounds like a lot of information to get together, don’t worry, there are many online tools that allow you to enter your address and see how much sun your property, where that sun hits, average hours of sun and many tools even tell you how much potential energy solar panels would produce on your property. Although not a precise figure it gives you a great ball park to think with. 

To help you, here is a link that you can use to see how much your solar system would produce: https://pvwatts.nrel.gov/

What incentives exist in my city/state?

The United States Government set specific renewable energy goals that they have to meet by certain dates and to help achieve those goals has created incentives that make it advantageous for anyone who wants to go solar. The incentives available differ by state. Reviewing what incentives are available to you can help you save a lot of money when going solar and make it very affordable to do so. 

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing)

 PACE financing is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners.

Depending on state legislation, PACE financing can be used to finance energy efficiency improvements such as insulation and air sealing, cool roofs, water efficiency, and solar power installations. In some states, commercial PACE financing can also fund a portion of new construction projects.

If your city/state allows for PACE financing, this is a smart way to go solar with easy financing options.

Get some quotes

Now that you have some of the basic information on your currently electrical spend, your location and if it gets enough sun and what incentives exist; you can see if going solar would work for you. In most cases it does and you’re ready to start getting quotes. 

Some energy customers like to do more research and start researching what panels are best, what equipment and installation methods are better. But most solar suppliers will be able to answer those questions easily and provide you with the best suggestions that best fit your needs. 

And once you find a solar supplier that you’re comfortable with you’ll have all the information you need to make the switch to solar! 

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