More than 2,000,000 solar systems are currently installed in the United States. Solar has become a popular option for many people and businesses. These tips will help you avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when going solar.
Energy Efficiency: Get started
The United States is the world’s leader in energy waste. Consider how much energy your home and business actually needs before you go solar. This is important for both financial and energy reasons. Most states have utility companies that compensate customers for solar energy supplied to the grid using net metering. Your electric consumption and solar credits will be tallied after a year. You will be responsible for any difference in power produced by your solar system to your home. If your solar panels produce more power than your home uses, excess solar energy credits will be reset to zero. Excessive solar electricity will not be compensated by most solar system owners. This makes accurate solar system sizing essential. However, net metering laws can vary from one area to the next. To better understand them, research your local area. In many cases, it is less expensive to boost home energy efficiency than buy a larger solar system. The cooling system and water heater can make up a large portion of your electricity consumption in many homes. You should also look for appliances that are not being used but still work, such as an unneeded dehumidifier or a surplus chest freezer.
Consider Future Energy Use
Are you considering installing a heat pump for heating and cooling or getting an electric vehicle? Are you expecting more people to live in your home in the future? Is your home usage going to change suddenly, possibly from retirement or starting a business? These are important considerations to make when you size your solar system. When sizing your solar system, consider how you anticipate your electricity usage will change in the future. It’s generally more costly to add capacity after the initial installation than it is during the initial one.
Take Care to Choose the Best Location for Solar Panels
Solar panels should be mounted on a south-facing roof that has good solar exposure. While it is obvious that solar panels are more efficient in sunny locations, some good spots can be overlooked such as garages, barns, or other outbuildings.
Beware of Trees
Even though trees can be beautiful, solar panels can still be shaded by them. Even winter branches from deciduous trees can make a huge difference in overall production. Sometimes, trimming or removing trees can have a significant impact on future energy production. After installing solar panels, you should be cautious about where you plant trees. Avoid planting taller species and choose trees that are shorter than the solar panels. The North Hemisphere is the best place to plant trees. They won’t shade your panels and will be a good choice for anyone who lives in the Northern Hemisphere. The east side of your home can shade the morning sun while the west side will shade it. The south side of your home should be planted with a tall tree to block the sun’s rays, as this is crucial for production.
If necessary, replace the roof first
Solar panels can last between 25 and 30 years. It can be costly to remove the solar panels and reinstall them when you replace your roof. Install your solar panels if your roof is deteriorating and needs to be replaced quickly. Because of their durability, standing seal metal roofs work well. Depending on the type of roof and the mounting system, it may be possible to repair the roof around the panels.