Considering Solar Energy? What to Ask Solar Companies

Thinking about installing solar panels on your property? If so, there are many solar companies that would be more than willing to provide you with all the information you require. Here’s a checklist of things to ask about when you are doing your research and contacting solar companies in your area. Answers to these points will help you make your decision about moving forward with installing solar panels in your house or business.

Request Information and Details

With owner interest in installing solar panels in residential properties increasing rapidly, solar companies are only too glad to accommodate any questions that you might have about installing solar panels. So, don’t be afraid to ask for details about how solar panels and solar energy systems work. Solar companies will be very glad to explain these particulars. They will also explain the steps involved in the process of solar panel installation.

Are they Licensed?

Another thing to be sure you ask about is if the business is licensed and how much experience they have in the industry. You may also want to inquire to see if the owner or employees of solar companies that you are speaking with have installed systems and are using solar energy on their own roofs (homes and/or businesses). If the answer to this question is yes, then find out what types they have installed and what sizes.

Size the System

The size of the residential solar panels in your system is extremely important because it helps determine how much money you will save. It has been reported that 54% of the entire year’s utility bills in the average household is payment for heating and cooling of the home. Solar companies will take a look at three things to help figure out the type of system you will need. First, your energy use and your patterns; second, the pitch and angle of your roof; and third, the cost that you are currently paying for electricity. When combined, these three factors together will help determine the type of system that will best suit your needs, and how much this particular system will cost.

Consider Commercial Solar Panel Installation

Solar panels for businesses, like those for homes, are becoming more and more popular. Economic incentives are one reason for this surge in popularity. Energy bills increase every year. But by installing solar panels, business owners are able to drastically reduce, and sometimes eliminate, the cost of electricity. Ask if the company you are talking to has experience with commercial solar panel installation. Find out specifics and then determine if it will benefit your business to go ahead with a solar energy system installation. And remember, being a business that advocates sustainability and clean energy may also increase business. This could be a reward that brings other positive benefits beyond reducing or eliminating your company’s electric bill.

Summary

As a source of renewable energy, not only are solar panels good for the environment, but it also will be a move that’s very kind to your wallet as well. Solar companies are in the business of making sure that customers have the information that they need and that the solar panel installation services are done to your satisfaction. And remember, follow up is also very important. Find out what your solar company recommends concerning cleaning and service maintenance plans. In general, a system should be cleaned once a year and serviced every five years. You may be able to arrange to have a service contract with them for regularly scheduled maintenance when you decide to do business with them and hire them to install your system. Ultimately, asking the right questions will get you the answers you need to make an informed decision about whether or not installing solar panels in your house or business is right for you.