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Have you ever thought about getting solar panels for your house before? Well if you have, then you might have heard plenty of solar companies that say “solar can save you a lot of money.” It is something that will not only help you save thousands of dollars, but will also help our environment. They make it sound real easy right? Most of the time it is, but there are 5 quick things to think about when considering residential solar.

Are you the owner of the house the solar panels will be installed in?

This may seem like a dumb question but it’s actually very important. If you are living in an apartment or renting your home, buying solar panels for your home isn’t the best idea. You might have restrictions on what you can do to the home when you are renting.

Which purchase option makes the most sense for acquiring solar panels?

Does your home electric bill continue to rise every year?

This is a big factor in considering solar panels. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows an average of 2-5% increase per KWH every year. Here is a table of the cost per kilowatt hour for every state in 2017.
2016 electricity rates
2017 electricity rates
As you can see by comparing the 2016 table to 2017, the residential prices per kWh fluctuate from year to year. For most states, it went up year over year. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. average for residential electricity rates has grown by 2-5% annually from 2006.
U.S. Average energy rate increase

Is Net Metering for Solar Available Through Your Local Power Company?

Net metering essentially calculates how much power is coming out vs going in at each residence. The reason this works is the utility companies credit you for overproducing electricity and sending back to the grid. For the electricity you don’t use, it gets sent to the utility company to use for others and they give you credit on your account. You can use this credit for under producing months at other times throughout the year. This means that over the course of a year, you can have a complete 100% offset and never have to pay a rising electric bill again.

Are there ays to make your house more efficient now before getting solar panels?

Saving starts with energy efficiency. For example, if you live in an older home that has an inefficient heat source, the cost to upgrading to a more efficient source may be less expensive than getting a solar energy system designed and built to run an inefficient home. You usually save more in the long run by investing in a more efficient heat source and then, only needing a smaller solar system to run the more energy efficient home.

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Going solar is a fantastic way to save money, preserve the environment, and take back just a little bit more control of your life. If you have any questions regarding any of the above items or other aspects of going solar for your home, please feel free to contact us at any time. We're always happy to help.

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