Home Inspectors in Reading: Solar Energy

Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Home Inspectors in Reading: Solar Energy


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Solar energy is the fastest growing energy source in the world and the technology has become more affordable and reliable in the last several years. 


Not only does solar energy and other renewable energy sources foster a cleaner environment, but they help reduce our dependence on volatile energy prices and imported oil.  This clean, safe, renewable energy source is limitless in supply and more and more homeowners are taking notice as energy costs has become a growing source of concern. 




I feel it's important as a Home Inspector in Reading & surrounding, to keep up with these new technologies so that I can properly educate my clients about these systems.



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The most common form of harvesting solar energy is from solar panels which uses heat engines and photovoltaics, better known as solar cells.  These solar cells convert the light to electricity using a photolectric effect.  A home solar system is typically made up of solar panels, an inverter, a battery, a charge controller, wiring and support structure.  Solar energy can be collected and stored in batteries and, therefore, electricity can be provided 24x7, even on cloudy days and at night.  



As a Home Inspector in the Reading area, I have already come across a few homes that have had solar panels installed.  Most systems I have seen are 10-12 solar panels and require about 100 square feet of installation area.  It takes a few days to install such a system and the costs vary greatly.  There are incentives offered by the government you should take into consideration which will help reduce that overall cost.  


The local Keystone ASHI group is having their next Home Inspector Meeting on the topic of "Solar Energy" on Monday, June 6 starting at 5pm.  Dave Glick, who resides in Lebanon, recently had solar panels installed at his residence and will be presenting on solar panel installation and solar energy.  We will NOT be meeting at the Inn at Reading this month.  This meeting is open to Keystone ASHI Home Inspectors only.  If you need more information about this meeting, contact me at 610-220-1907 or visit my website at www.readinghomeinspector.com.


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David Artigliere with ARTI Home Inspections LLC is a ASHI Certified Home inspector in Reading, PA & surrounding areas. 

He offers home inspections 7 days a week. Book an inspection today!



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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.


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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

David-we have a community in Seattle that's formed a PV coalition and are trying to get as many people involved to get huge group discounts.

May 27, 2011 04:31 AM #1
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect


That's great!  I'll have to see if they have anything like that around the Philadelphia area and inform my clients.

May 27, 2011 04:51 AM #2
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Good Morning David, excellent input for home owners to consider solar energy.

May 27, 2011 04:53 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good post. I think all of us will be seeing many more solar panels on all types of buildings.

Blooming for you!

May 28, 2011 08:21 AM #4
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Hello David.  Great information.  I hear of more homeowners looking for alternative energy sources. 

May 30, 2011 12:19 PM #5
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Hi David: We were just talking about solar for our own home. Thanks for this information. Russel sent me and glad he did!

Aug 21, 2011 09:48 AM #6
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Good article on solar. As more home owners start to use solar, our cadre of inspectors need to be up to speed.

Even my house has a solar water heater.

Aug 21, 2011 11:09 AM #7
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

My impression was that solar was very expensive still, but I am interested in the topic.  would like to see a post on cost.

Aug 21, 2011 01:51 PM #8
Doug Anderson
Tucker Associates Real Estate Services - Danville, CA
Bay Area Real Estate Views

David - I am looking forward to the day that solar can be a part of my home energy.

Aug 21, 2011 04:16 PM #9
David Artigliere
Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia - Collegeville, PA
ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect

Thanks for reading, Hella.  It's certainly worth checking into. 

It is a large capital investment initially but apparently the tax breaks and the units you can resell to the electric company is where the more immediate benefits kick in. 

Gene, the last system I looked at cost the owners approximately $70,000, but the cost is dependent on so many things.

Aug 22, 2011 03:39 AM #10
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

David, I stopped by because of Russel's repost.  Has solar energy improved a lot over the last few years?  It all seemed so primitive and very cost prohibitive a few years ago when I checked into it.  My neighbor has gone solar and loves it, but admitted it will be years before he will see the cost benefit, but they like that they are using less energy.

Aug 22, 2011 06:21 AM #11
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

David, as the prices tumble, and the awareness grows, hopefully we will be seeing more and better installations helping to lessen our dependence on non-renewable energy resources.

Aug 22, 2011 09:35 AM #12
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