There’s no doubt that solar panels are in many ways a great investment.
Solar panels are not only environmentally-friendly, which means that they are a sustainable addition to your home, but they also reduce your home energy costs by using a renewable, clean source of energy. But there are some things to consider before you install any type of solar equipment on your house.
Appearance of Solar Panels
While traditional solar panels have been around since the 1950s, some people don’t like the somewhat bulky look of solar panels. For that reason, some people prefer to use ground-based solar panels or solar shingles, which look a little more elegant. However, solar roof panels have the advantage of providing more power than solar shingles and don’t take up any yard space such as ground panels. Still, it’s worth considering your aesthetic preference, since you will be living with your decision!
Sunlight and Solar Panel Efficiency
In order to determine how many solar panels you’ll need or the wattage of the system you purchase, you’ll need to find your average energy use using past utility bills and figure out how many solar panels will produce the energy you need. You’ll also want to keep in mind that solar panels only operate at maximum efficiency when the sunlight is direct and intense, so there will be variations in the actual output you experience.
Cost of Solar Panels
The good news is that the cost of solar panels is continuing to decrease every year, which means that they are the cheapest they’ve ever been. Plus, you have the benefit of qualifying for a tax credit by going solar. However, solar panels are still a significant investment in your home which will require some planning and discussion.
According to Solar Reviews, the average price for a 5kW system in New York averages to be $14,236 after tax credit, and you can expect an average of $49,832 in energy savings over the course of your lifetime!
At Demand Solar, we make installing solar panels simple and easy. We walk you through determining your energy needs and explain the variety of solar panels, and help you come to a decision that makes the most sense for your home.
Contact us today so we can help make solar panels simple for you!