As utility costs continue to rise, are you wondering if this is the year to go solar for your home or business? Here are some of the most common questions about solar:
1) Q. Is my roof suitable for solar panels?
A. Does your roof face south and does it get little shade? Solar panels work best in areas with direct sunlight, although there are alternatives to roof placement, such as ground-mounted installations. Another consideration is the age of your roof. Solar panels can last for more than 25 years, so if your roof will need replacement soon, it’s best to install solar panels at the same time you replace the roof. The solar contractor can also help you determine if your roof is big enough to support the number of panels you’ll need.
2) Q. Will the savings on my electric bill be worth the cost of going solar?
A. A solar energy system will allow you to reduce or even eliminate your monthly electricity bill. If you live in an area with high electricity rates, such as in Connecticut and other Northeastern states, you can save more than a thousand dollars a year by generating your own power. There are also state and federal tax incentives which lower the upfront cost of installation, and many homeowners break even on their solar investment within 8 to 10 years. With electricity rates rising almost every year, your savings over time will be significant.
3) Q. Will solar increase my property value?
A. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy notes that solar energy systems are likely to increase property values and that homes with solar panels sell faster than those without. Buyers in some parts of the country are willing to pay a premium of approximately $15,000 for homes with solar panels.
4) Q. Once I have quotes, how do I choose the best solar installer?
A. Check the company’s reputation, experience and expertise, the warranties it offers, the quality of the solar panels, and customer reviews for quality service. Check out systems in person that the company has installed, and make sure it has a good track record.
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