Five Things To Do Before Scheduling a Solar Installation Consultation
December 14th, 2015 by admin
As energy crises are discussed around the world, solar energy remains one of the most viable options for clean, maintenance-free energy that can power your home for less. Most solar panel dealers offer solar installations to homes that wish to become more efficient and even benefit from the production of excess energy. Before calling for a consultation here are a few aspects of the solar installation process to consider.
Know How Much Energy Your Home Uses
It’s important to be aware of the amount of energy your home uses in a given month. This knowledge can greatly affect the goals that you set for your solar energy production and consumption. Do you expect your energy usage to go down in the future as your children move out, or will your household use more energy as more people move in? Having an idea of where you stand with your energy usage and how you expect that usage to change can help our professionals gauge how solar panels will affect your monthly energy usage and bill.
Be Aware of How Solar Panels Could Affect Your Roof
With some types of roofing, particularly spanish tiles and other decorative shingling, installing solar panels may seem like an impossibility. However, JK Mechanical is dedicated to ensuring the safety of your home and roof when installing solar panels. By utilizing mounts that provide additional safety for the panels, JK Mechanical puts the focus on structural integrity. Before calling for a consultation, you should be aware of the type of roof your home has and the ways in which it may or may not lend itself to such mounting.
Consider Your Taxes
According to Forbes, “The federal solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30 percent tax credit for residential and commercial properties that convert to solar energy by the end of 2016.” This tax reward is an added benefit of installing solar panels, but it is only available in certain states. Pennsylvania is a participant in the solar ITC program. When considering a solar consultation, find out if you are eligible for this tax incentive and keep in mind that it may impact you financially and could defray the cost of installing the panels.
Find Out About Required Building Permits
Depending on where you live, you may be subject to certain regulations when installing solar panels. For example, panelling an entire roof is acceptable in some cities, while others require that some roof space be left bare. Be sure to check your local zoning regulations when considering solar energy for your home.
Think About the Benefits of Living Either On or Off the Grid
Connection to a utility power grid allows you to benefit from surplus solar energy as well as cheaper installation fees. However, when the grid fails, so does your power — for this reason, some choose the more self-sufficient option of off-grid solar energy. If you live in a rural area, living off the grid may be the most feasible option, though it is slightly less efficient than living on the grid. You should be aware of which option best fits your lifestyle and energy needs.
Considering these questions will prepare you for a consultation with JK Mechanical about solar panel installation. Call 800-JKM-0028 to set up your solar consultation and to learn more about the benefits of clean, solar energy.