As you drive around neighborhoods you’ll see more and more people with Solar Panels on their roofs. It might even make you think that maybe it’s time for you to get with the Solar Program, but should you? Solar has the potential to be cost effective, and some think that going solar is also trendy. So it might seem like a good idea, but is it really? With every pro there’s a con, and sometimes things can be overlooked when a decision is made. So here are some things to consider before making the decision to switch to solar.
First, and most importantly, you must consider cost. If you’re going solar because you want to save money, you really need to look at the cost and return. Solar panels, and installation fees are not cheap. In fact the average total cost for a complete solar panel installation is 25… thousand dollars. That means it will take roughly fifteen years before you actually start saving money. However, some companies do in fact subsidize up to 75% of the cost, but that’s rare, and even then you still have to wait 4 years before you see any return. So do some math, and do some research. See what you qualify for, and if it’s even worth it.
Any points after this will assume that either A. You see a monetary value and are getting solar, or B. You want to try and save the Polar Bears and minutely reduce your carbon footprint. Either way, you’re planning on getting solar and there are still a couple of other things to consider. Next on the list would be location and configuration. What I mean by this is that the topography, the way your house faces, the location in the country, and the size of your roof all have an effect on your ability for complete solar use. If your house has not spent enough time in the sunlight, you won’t be getting enough solar power for your home. This means you will still be paying the electricity company, or your lights will go out. So do some research, and make sure home gets enough light.
Lastly, you have to consider aesthetics. You may laugh at the thought, since you don’t care if solar makes your house looks bad, but your HOA or your city might. You may come to find that your solar panels are in a violation of HOA or city codes, and you could end up with a fine. So as usual, do some research, make sure getting solar will not also give you a fine.
If you’re looking to switch to solar, and perhaps want to move to a house with Solar, give National Realty Group a visit or a call. We will be sure to do the best we can to get you into that green home you so desire.