If you haven’t heard by now, solar panels can save you some serious money. When it comes to owning a home or business, electricity can be one of your highest monthly expenses. And not just that, but electricity is also an expense that increases every few months depending on the season and usage. The amount that it increases varies depending on where you live. In a more highly-populated area, your electricity bill is likely to increase every year.
Electricity works like almost every other product on the free market: with increased demand, the cost rises to pay for the expanded production of more electricity. The only way to not spend more and more on your electricity is to switch to solar panels for your home or business. With solar, the price you pay for electricity only rises on the electricity that you need outside of what is produced freely by your panels. Of course, you do have to pay for your solar panels initially, but after you’ve paid the investment, you don’t have to pay for the panels to continue to produce electricity.
Another way that solar panels can save you money is the tax credits and tax breaks that are offered for both businesses and homeowners. These tax breaks will help you pay for your solar panels faster and ensure that you’re paying less for the panels. In many cases, homeowners can also get credit from their state and local government as well as municipal companies. We also mentioned above that solar panels can produce more electricity than what is used for the home. In many cases, that electricity can be sold to your electric company. In turn, you’ll be paid a premium or given a credit on your bill for the excess electricity that is returned to the grid.
How To Switch To Solar Energy
If you like the benefits that solar panels offer, want to give back to the planet by lowering your carbon footprint, and save money on electricity, you can switch to solar in no time. The process of switching from conventional electricity to solar panels for your home is quite simple. The easiest way to go about it is to find a solar provider that you want to partner with.
How to Find a Solar Partner for Installation
When you start looking for solar installers to help with your home solar installation, you’ll likely have a lot of questions. Before diving in and working with just any old solar installer, take your time to thoroughly vet each company that you might work with. You’ll want to find a company that has your best interest in mind, and that’s willing to work with you. Here are a few filters to put them through and questions to ask.
- Check out ratings and reviews of local solar installers. Did other customers have a positive experience with them?
- Do they have a clean and easy-to-use website? A professional company will put time into its online presence.
- Do they offer a warranty? Not all companies will offer workmanship warranties. A good warranty is vital.
- Do they offer professional customer service? How you’re treated in the sales process will likely be how you’re treated throughout the time you work with them.
- Will they be there for you in the future? Finding a company that’s willing to partner with you throughout the future and not just right now is a huge advantage.
Choosing Solar Panels for Your Home
There are many different options when it comes to what panels or solar energy systems you choose to install on your home. The first thing to note is that solar installers only offer specific brands or types of equipment. In most cases, this means that your choices will be limited, making it even more important that you choose a reputable solar installer for your home.
When you choose solar panels for your home, what you should look for most is the efficiency rate and life expectancy. You want the panels to produce a high amount of electricity and also to continue producing a high amount of electricity for several years. In some cases, the panels’ production will decline rapidly as they age, making them less effective and valuable. At Sun Badger, we offer only solar panels that are guaranteed to produce at 80% of their capacity after 25 years. That means your solar investment will last for years to come, and even after a longer period of time, you’ll still be getting electricity from the panels.
Prep Your Home for Installation
Lastly, you’ll need to ensure your home is ready for solar installation. Removing trees that might be in the way and making sure that your roof is in good shape are two of the most important parts of this process. A solar professional will tell you what work you might need to ensure your home is ready for new solar panels to be installed.
When you’re ready to get solar installed on your home, we’d love to hear from you! Sun Badger Solar is currently installing solar panels in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Florida. Reach out to us for a free solar estimate and to learn more about the services that we offer to our solar customers.