The energy of the sun is something that can save your household lots of money over the years in terms of utility savings, potentially. On the other hand, the installation costs are often prohibitive, and the process is complicated. Keep reading into the following paragraphs for the factors that you need to consider when thinking about going solar in your home.
The first thing you should determine is just how much energy your home regularly consumes. You need this data to cover at least twelve months, and should only be analyzed in twelve month intervals. Otherwise, you might get a wrong picture by looking at peak air conditioning use from just summer months. Once you know how much power your home needs in a typical month, you will have an idea just how much solar energy you might need. Making changes within the home to minimize power consumption can seriously reduce how much solar installation is going to be required.
Do extensive homework about any tax breaks, grants, loans or incentives that you might be qualified for. Check non-profit organizations, as well as your local, state and national levels of government. Sometimes, you can pull together a collection of financial breaks that really take a bite out of the cost of going solar.
Decide just how important it is to you to reduce your impact on the environment. Do you really care about your carbon footprint? Or is this just about saving money on your utilities? There is nothing wrong with wanting to just save money, because you are doing something environmentally friendly in going solar, regardless of your motivations. However, depending on the installation costs, it can take years to get the investment back through your power bill.
Be sure that you actually have enough money to get the job done. You can not have just enough to cover the project, as overruns and accidents do and will happen. Also make sure not to overestimate your own ability to do the work. Professional involvement at some level is almost a certainty.
Make sure that you have a frank conversation with everyone you live with about the advantages and disadvantages of going solar. The power savings might add up over time, but how much power are you going to have on cloudy or winter days? You might still be paying for juice from the grid, even if you hope to offset it by selling surplus back some days. Keep in mind that not all areas can even go full solar due to weather, climate and even local building regulations. A solar water heater might seem like a good compromise to going full solar, but even then there might not always be hot water in the morning when everyone wants it.
You can really cut down on both your utility bills and your household's impact on the environment over time if you install enough solar paneling in your home. Keep all the ideas presented in the previous paragraphs in mind to decide whether or not making the solar leap is right for your family.