Investigate Ways to Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
There are many inexpensive ways to make your home more energy-efficient before you install solar panels.
- Seal leaks that are letting air out of your home
- Unplug your electronics when not in use
- Upgrade to ENERGY STAR appliances
- Upgrade to energy-efficient lighting
- Upgrade your A/C, furnace, or water heater
- Use a programmable thermostat
These tips will help you lower your energy usage and save costs. This will also lower the number of solar panels necessary to power your home.
Look at All Your Options for Solar
Do the research on all your different solar options. This can be rooftop or community solar. Determine if your roof is best suited for solar panels, such as its’ condition and if it needs to be replaced. Check if the size and position of your roof will work well for solar panels, such as the sun exposure it will receive.
Determine What Size System You Need
Your contractor will be able to help you determine what size system you will need. It depends on several factors, but you can gather information about your energy usage. Look at past bills to see how many kWh you use per month/year. This will help in determining what size system will be required to power your home.
Research & Get Multiple Quotes from Contractors
Do your research when looking for contractors. Make sure they are reputable and licensed. Get references from clients and look up reviews. Visit our Contractor Questions page for a list of questions you should be asking. Get bids from multiple contractors before choosing.
Look up Incentives
The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) offers a 26% tax credit from federal taxes on installation costs (as of 2021). This will cover the cost of solar panels, installation, and equipment.
Look to see if your state offers any incentives, along with any additional rebates. Your contractor will be able to answer your questions about all the options you have such as financing.
Work with a Licensed Contractor & Your Utility
Ask if your contractor knows how to connect solar electric systems to your utility’s grid. Make sure you contact your utility to understand any requirements and what fees/rates are necessary for interconnection. Fill out any necessary forms for approval. Your utility will be able to help guide you through the process and understand how your system will work. They will also inform you of any additional safety measures you need to know.
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