Have you just started searching for solar panels for your home and don't know where to start.
Using this solar checklist may save you some time.
Table Of Contents
Contact A Qualified Solar Advisor
Evaluate Your Current Energy Bill
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1.Solar Checklist / Qualified Solar Advisor
2. Evaluating Your Bill
Your current energy bill is a huge wealth of information that will help you and us when designing your home solar power system. Your utility bill will show our representative how much energy you use month to month and give an accurate picture of your yearly average electricity usage. We recommend a buffer for any future needs, like adding a electric vehicle, pool or home addition that may Increase your energy usage.
Is your roof right for solar power? In the northern hemisphere the Sun’s energy comes from the south. For solar panels to operate with 100% efficiency they must be pointed to the south, requiring a roof-top with an unshaded southern exposure. If your roof does not have a southern exposure you can still install solar power system as long as it is scaled to make up for the lack of direct sunlight.
4. Climate Considerations
We know solar power works in any climate, but a properly sized system for your particular climate is a must. Solar energy works best on a yearly average basis rather than a day to day basis. In the Southwestern United States for example, we believe the typical home could use a smaller panel layout rather than a home in the cooler, cloudier Northeastern United States.
5. Roof Inspection
Roof-top solar panels are really very light, but, it is always a good idea to inspect your roofing structure to make sure there is no existing damage that might compromise your solar panel installation. Water damage or insect intrusion may weaken your roof structure and should be fixed before installing a solar power system.