So you've decided to invest in your home by adding solar panels. By this point, the majority of the country has come to terms with the fact that renewable energy, particularly solar, can reduce the costs of your energy bill, has a lasting impact on the environment, and grants ease of mind by providing a reliable source of energy.
When taking these benefits into consideration, solar energy becomes a clear positive that works in almost every scenario. But before making the decision to switch to solar for your property, here are three things you can do to prepare:
- Conduct an energy audit
You might be adding a few more dollars to your monthly energy bill without even realizing it. Inefficient appliances and home electronics (oftentimes referred to as energy vampires and phantoms) may be consuming electricity even when not in use. An energy audit should be your first step before adding a renewable energy system to your home or business. An energy audit can help you understand the whole picture of your energy use and identify easy and inexpensive ways to reduce your energy demands and lower your monthly cost.
- Have an idea of your energy needs
Knowing your energy requirements will help you—and your qualified solar installers—determine the size and output of your solar panel system. Collecting the past year’s monthly energy bills will give you an idea of what to expect.
- Do your research on solar installers
It seems pretty obvious, but it's important not to skip this step! The right solar installer will help you understand what is right for you, specific to your needs.
Solar panel systems aren’t only great for the environment, your wallet, and providing you a little bit of energy independence, they’re also a major investment that will prove to pay itself off in less time than you may think.
For more on these points and other suggestions about preparing your home for solar energy, check out our eBook, How to Prepare Your Property for Solar.
Download our eBook, How to Prepare Your Property for Solar, to find out key tips and tricks that will get you and your home ready for solar installation.